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Supporters or activists?

August 21, 2019

Given all the furor over the Omar-Tlaib affair during the last week, many heretofore disinterested people are asking why we have what certainly seems to be Palestinian activists or even PLO recruits serving in our Congress.

People serving in our Congress are supposed to be representing U.S. residents, not the Palestinian people, and the two (or four) Congresswomen don’t seem to be doing that.

Technically, there isn’t a historical state of Palestine. It has always been a region, ruled throughout the centuries by everyone from ancient Egypt to Great Britain to the modern day Hamas.

Since 1948 there have been various efforts to create a legally defined state, the so-called two-state solution,  which have gone exactly nowhere.

This isn’t the place to go into that region’s history, but suffice it to say the Omar-Tlaib rhetoric of the last week and before has contained enough inaccurate vitriol to have people wondering whether these ladies should remain in the Congress.

Of course they were legally elected by their districts, so removing them from office is a very contentious question.

If the majority of the people of their districts are in tune with their anti-Israel, anti-Semite viewpoint then they might in fact be representing their districts fairly.

If they aren’t, it’s hard to understand why the people of their districts aren’t asking for a recall.

Now that the two seem to be trying to influence Congress to cut off U.S. aid to Israel, this question seems to be assuming more gravitas as it moves forward.


From → op-ed

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