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All my great-grandparents left or fled Lithuania, Poland, and Russia to escape shtetl, ghettos, and oppression. A few relatives left behind were killed in the Holocaust. This isn’t the distant past in my family in relative terms (however you want to use the word relative).
I’m sure Rep. Omar and I have a different outlook on the world. Her history is remarkable. Her path to the House is something that every American should be celebrating as showing that the promise of America remains real.
She and I am sure both have biases we need to interrogate more. But I am going to defend her when she makes statements that are not anti-Semitic or anti-American and are exploited as out-of-context sound bites by people who truly hate Muslims—or hate Jews *and* Muslims.
America's greatest danger is right-wing terrorism. It's been our greatest danger since the 1980s. People on the right want to deflect that, even though the statistics are plain to see. Demonizing Muslims is their easiest path to retaining power, while also keeping Jews down.
Those who want America to be a Christian nation have no interest in Jews except as tools, and exploit Jewish/Muslim differences to their benefit and ends.
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