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There is a lot of perspective missing in Ilhan Omar anti-Semitism debate. (THREAD)
1. In her native Somalia, pretty much everyone has a negative view of Jews. There are no Jews in Somalia so viewpoints are established from myths, folklore, which contain anti-Semitic conspiracies
2. This is why assimilation in the United States is SO SO important. The Somali refugee community in MN is very much insulated from outside perspectives. This has led to a tremendous ISIS indoctrination and extremism problem, among other things.
3. Omar is a product of a community that has not properly assimilated. Her anti-Semitism is representative of Islamic supremacist culture, also representative of an ongoing US policy failure. She is not in any way unique. This video really hammers it home:
4. Refugee policy deserves a separate conversation. And I understand the pluses and minuses of immigration from certain places. But once these individuals arrive in the USA, the worst thing you can do is allow these communities to pool together in "sanctuary city" models.
5. Omar never truly adopted western values as her own, & US policies share some blame. Her cozying up to Islamists & Jew-hating groups & individuals proves she remains embedded with Islamic supremacist, anti-west values. If nothing changes, expect many more Rep Omar's in Congress
End: Though no specific surveys are conducted on Somalia, you can get a sense on how the region feels about Jews by scrolling through the ADL's global anti-Semitism survey. Of course, this is not just a Somalia problem, but a greater Islamic world problem.
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