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Congresswoman Omar, bigotry and the voice of Zioness

Zioness has been viscerally appalled by the language from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and the response from those in our progressive political spaces who have been so quick to denounce our attempts to communicate our pain, or deflect the conversation with gaslighting and what-aboutism. Tropes of dual loyalty, foreign allegiance and Jewish influence are not new or unique; they cannot be declared in a vacuum divorced from their historical context and consequences; and they cannot be explained away as “criticism of Israeli policy.” Not a single Israeli policy has been described by Rep. Omar in any of these outrageous statements. Rep. Omar’s language exemplifies the contemporary manifestation of anti-Semitism, one of history’s deadliest and most virulent forms of racial animus.

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