Letters, Sept. 6
Support Omar, Tlaib
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. They have come under attack for criticizing Israel and pointing out that there has not been a fair and objective discussion of Israeli policy in the U.S. media or in the U.S. Congress.
Jewish Voice for Peace is advocating for peace and justice for all in Israel/Palestine. We are not anti-Israel, and we are not anti-Semitic. We are living the values and ethics of Judaism when we point out that the Palestinians are living under a military occupation that denies them their basic human rights, controls their movements from place to place, keeps many of them in deplorable living conditions and often kills and injures them when they peacefully demonstrate.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are challenging the stranglehold on a fair and balanced discussion of Israel/Palestine, which has been maintained by the Jewish lobbying organization called AIPAC. We applaud their courage in speaking out and the personal sacrifices they have made. Their words are often twisted and distorted in the mainstream media, and they receive death threats on a daily basis.
Acts of violence and hatred toward Muslims and Jews have increased dramatically since President Trump took office. We know that, historically, authoritarian governments maintain their power by pitting one group against another. Standing with Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib is sending a powerful message that we will not let hate and lies divide us. In standing with them we are advocating for a vibrant democracy in which unpopular voices can be heard, and in which minorities, people of color and women are treated with dignity and respect.
Please join us in standing with Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, and in standing up for our democracy.