Attacks on Ilhan Omar seek to derail an acknowledgment of Palestinian suffering | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Attacks on Ilhan Omar seek to derail an acknowledgment of Palestinian suffering

In the US, just as in Israel, Palestinian suffering is silenced, and any mainstream discussion of pain in Palestine immediately gets redirected towards sympathy with Israel. And as Israel is successfully conflated in mainstream discourse with “the Jewish people,” a supposedly homogeneous global community whose members all embrace Zionism, criticism of Israel, or of Zionism, becomes an act of bad faith, an act of antisemitism.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is the latest public figure to be smeared with such false accusations of antisemitism by Zionists who are alarmed at the growing support for Palestinians in Congress. Her tweet about the power of AIPAC does not state anything multiple other commentators had not acknowledged years before. In the stormy aftermath of her post, many have noted that Thomas Friedman himself quipped in 2011 that the standing ovation Benjamin Netanyahu received in US Congress had nothing to do with his charisma or eloquence, but was “paid for by the Israel lobby.” AIPAC itself, on its website, speaks of making donations to US politicians. Omar was not “exposing” some deeply-concealed secret, she was stating a very well known fact.

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