Rahm Emanuel slams Rep. Ilhan Omar for ‘casting Jewish Americans as the other‘

By – The Washington Times – Thursday, March 7, 2019

Chicago Mayor penned a column Thursday slamming for perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes and “casting Jewish Americans as the other.”

, Chicago’s first Jewish mayor who previously served as President Obama’s chief of staff, accused of promoting “very old canards” that have been “unleashed by anti-Semites throughout history.”

“No one is questioning the right of members of Congress and others to criticize Israeli policies,” he wrote in a for The Atlantic. “But is crossing a line that should not be crossed in political discourse. Her remarks are not anti-Israel; they are anti-Semitic.”

Democrats are at odds with each other as stands accused of perpetuating the anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” trope in comments she made last week about Israel-supporting lawmakers holding “allegiance to a foreign country.”

House Democrats have delayed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism — an indirect rebuke of ’s comments — after freshman Democrats complained that it should be broadened to condemn all forms of bigotry.

, also a Democrat, didn’t voice an opinion about the resolution in his piece but said , as a Muslim American, should learn the “lesson” of defending people from bigoted stereotypes instead of promoting them.

“Whether consciously or not, is repeating some of the ugliest stereotypes about Jews — tropes that have been unleashed by anti-Semites throughout history,” the mayor wrote. “She is casting Jewish Americans as the other, suggesting a dual loyalty that calls our devotion to America into question.

“For centuries, this trope has been aimed at Jews in countries around the world,” he said. “In embracing it, is associating herself with calamities from the Spanish Inquisition to the Russian pogroms to the Holocaust. That’s not historical company that any American should want to keep.”

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