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Israel critic elected to House backtracks on her previous opposition to BDS
Times of Israel ^ | 11-15-2018

Posted on 11/15/2018 4:30:25 AM PST by SJackson

Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar now says she ‘believes in and supports’ boycott movement, after calling it ‘counterproductive’ during election campaign

Democrat Ilhan Omar on November 7, 2018, in Minneapolis after winning Minnesota's 5th Congressional District race in the 2018 US midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

WASHINGTON — A newly elected congressperson from Minnesotta who spoke out against boycotts of Israel during her campaign now says she supports the BDS movement.

Ilhan Omar, one of two Muslim women who became the first elected to Congress last week, had said during her campaign that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was “counteractive” and prevents dialogue.

Omar’s comment came in response to a website called Muslim Girl, which pressed her on her appearance during the campaign at a Minneapolis area synagogue.

During that candidates’ forum, she had said that BDS “stops the dialogue” and is “counteractive” to achieving a two-state outcome.

Like many other Democrats, she noted her opposition to anti-BDS legislation but framed it as a free-speech issue.

“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told Muslim Girl after the election. “She does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

TC Jewfolk, a local Jewish news website which originally reported her ostensible rejection of BDS, pressed her on the issue after the Muslim Girl statement in text messages which it posted on Twitter.

Democrat Ilhan Omar speaks after winning in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District race during the election night event held by the Democratic Party on November 6, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Omar insisted there was no contradiction. “I believe and support the BDS movement and have fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” she said. “I do, however, have reservations on [the] effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution. Which is what I believe I said at the forum.”

The TC Jewfolk reporter pressed her further, asking Omar why she didn’t simply answer “yes or no” when asked about the issue at the synagogue forum for candidates.

“It was a bigger issue and she didn’t ask for a ‘yes or no’ answer,” Omar replied, referring to the person who posed the question. Omar said her position during the campaign was not “politically expedient.”

Omar had earned notoriety in the pro-Israel community for a 2012 tweets posted in which she said that Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.” Defending that tweet earlier this year, she said on the same platform that calling attention to the “Israeli Apartheid regime” was not anti-Semitic.

Omar is the first Somali and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. The other Muslim woman elected last week, Rashida Tlaib of the Detroit area, also backs BDS.

TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Minnesota; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bds; botox; california; ilhanomar; israel; jerusalem; karenmonahan; keithellison; kirstengillibrand; letshavejerusalem; minnesota; nancypelosi; newyork; sanfrannan; somalia; tamikamallory; tomperez; waronterror

1 posted on 11/15/2018 4:30:25 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Democrats lie to get elected. Nothing new. Which is why I don’t care what they say anymore, watch what they do. This woman just following the playbook for the DNC.

2 posted on 11/15/2018 4:34:02 AM PST by Pete Dovgan
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A Democrat lied to the voters? Hard to believe. Both of our Muslim Congresswomen seem to be out of touch with their states on BDS

Dayton signs Kresha's anti-boycott bill

Michigan Governor Signs Anti-BDS Bills into Law

3 posted on 11/15/2018 4:34:10 AM PST by SJackson (The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself)
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To: SJackson

I want the Muslim ban and I want it made retroactive 20 years.

Evil in our midst.

4 posted on 11/15/2018 4:37:20 AM PST by bramps (It's the Islam, stupid!)
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To: SJackson

Muslims gonna muslim.


5 posted on 11/15/2018 4:40:17 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Do you know what really burns m hy ass? A flnt ame about 3 feet high.)
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To: Pete Dovgan

Democrats lie, muslims Taqiya. Democrat muslims lie/Taqiya.

6 posted on 11/15/2018 4:42:07 AM PST by C210N (Republicans sign check fronts; 'Rats sign check backs.)
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To: SJackson

Democrats don’t flip flop, they “evolve”.

7 posted on 11/15/2018 6:29:08 AM PST by antidemoncrat
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To: SJackson

TAQIYA Islam is trained to lie to anyone who is NOT Islam.

8 posted on 11/15/2018 6:37:25 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: bramps

That should be more like 30 or 40 years.

I want to know how well these two are going to be vetted, and will they be scanned, sniffed by a machine, X-Rayed, checked by a K-9 and patted down for WMD (Nuclear/Chemical/Biological/Dirty Nuclear), Firearms, Knives, Swords, Ice Picks, a Bomb, BBIED (Baby Born Improvised Explosive Device),a Drink with a Vial of xxx to pull out and be shattered on the floor ???

Well I’ve made My point I think...

And Yes, I know they’ll blow right through the Check Point with the “I’m Muzzie so You can’t touch me Badge”

9 posted on 11/15/2018 7:18:42 AM PST by mabarker1 (Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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To: mabarker1

What makes you think these 2 wouldn’t bring explosives into Congress and “martyr” themselves by killing Senators and Congresscritters? So long as they stuck to the dummocrap side, might actually help the U.S., though.

10 posted on 11/15/2018 8:21:47 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: SJackson

No surprise, she is Muslim and required to lie to infidels.


11 posted on 11/15/2018 9:27:07 PM PST by M Kehoe (DRAIN THE SWAMP!)
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To: EinNYC

Where are you getting that from ?

I expect that to be the minimum they will try. Just think about it. these commiedemonratscumbagtowelwearing... We already know they have no limit for the competition of the raghead plan. Convert or Die. If they were able to wipe out the House in one attempt? Think back to 9/11, We had Air Traffic at a standstill for what was it ? A week. I was Born into Aviation and had never seen that happen. Not only did those SOB’s do that but they Murdered 4000 Souls and brought .. !!!!!!!! Hell I have to stop because I’m getting REALLY PISSED OFF !!!!!

Oh yeah and they will try to shove that F’ing sharia law Crap into OUR JUDICIARY !!!!!

you need to reread My original Post.

12 posted on 11/16/2018 3:41:32 AM PST by mabarker1 (Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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