One of the cornerstones of any legitimate and thriving democracy is the ability to criticize the government without fear of reprisal.
That being said, there is a distinct difference between having the right to openly criticize the government and hate speech.
Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minnesota) comments, in my opinion, can without a doubt be classified as hate speech.
While I agree with her that money from lobbyists urgently needs to be removed from politics, the fact that she once again spread the lies that Israel (aka Jews) are using their money to gain influence is just plain wrong.
Some argue that antisemitism and anti-Israel is one and the same. They are completely different. Antisemitism is hatred of members of the Jewish faith for no other reason than our religion. It is possible to disagree with the actions of the Israeli government and not be labeled antisemitic. But to criticize the actions of the Israeli government simply because it is Israel is antisemitic.
A real democracy has no place for prejudice or hate. A real democracy respects the diversity of the citizens who call this country home.
Do I accept her apology? I don’t know. But I do know that I am reminded that antisemitism is still very real and very dangerous.
P.S. Am I the only one who is disturbed by you know who’s hypocrisy in demanding that Representative Omar resign?