A conservative activist says there is no more denying that Muslim lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar, already a controversial figure, is openly anti-Semitic.
“It is very sad,” Gary Bauer says of Omar, the freshman Minnesota congresswoman whose remarks about American Jews, Israel, and the 9/11 attacks have created headaches for Democratic leaders in recent months.
Omar is drawing new attention this week after introducing a resolution supporting the BDS --- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions --- movement against Israel and comparing BDS to other boycotted countries such as Nazi Germany, South Africa, and the Soviet Union.
The purpose of the BDS movement is to isolate Israel, already hated by much of the world, from its trading partners.
The resolution does not name Israel by name but Omar told media outlets it is about the Jewish state, Fox News reported.
A U.S.-born Israeli author and Middle East expert tells OneNewsNow that the resolution being pushed by Omar and her fellow "Squad" member Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) to support the BDS movement against Israel isn't shared by mainstream America.
"They're anti-Israel Muslims," says David Rubin, a former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh. "They're just going to continue spewing out their invectives until they gain control of the Democratic Party.
"You have to realize that in the Democratic Party today their views are pretty close to the mainstream – that's very sad, but that's the reality. And the moderate Democrats are running for cover."
Rubin continued: "The far left of the party – and especially the Muslim, anti-Semitic part of the party – is going to hurt the party as a whole with the mainstream of the America, because the mainstream of America does not share those views."
A recent internal poll by Democrats showed that only nine percent of voters had a favorable view of Omar.
Asked in March about Omar’s anti-Jewish remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the freshman congresswoman has not “appreciated the full weight” of how her words are heard by others.
“I don't believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way,” Pelosi, who was forced to introduce a resolution condemning Omar, told reporters at the time.
“I have absolutely no doubt,” Bauer tells OneNewsNow, “that [Omar] is an anti-Semite and this is just another bit of evidence to proof it."
Bauer, who currently serves on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, says it’s eye-opening to watch Omar single out the democratic country of Israel when China, for example, has an estimated one million Muslims in internment campus.
The resolution is co-sponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American lawmaker on Congress.
Tlaib made headlines earlier this year when a wall map in her congressional office covered up Israel with a sticky note that read “Palestine.”
The BDS resolution comes at the same time House Democratic leaders intend to vote on a resolution condemning BDS, which is the latest example of ongoing turmoil over the Democratic Party’s support or condemnation of Israel, and how Pelosi and other powerful leaders are reacting to Omar and other vocal lawmakers.
At the same time Pelosi is reportedly using her power to isolate and punish the troublemakers, Tlaib told CBS News this week that Pelosi is singling them out and needs to "acknowledge the fact that we are women of color."