It Really Does Matter the Company You Keep … and Who the Governor Says He Represents

by Pat Hamsa

Governor Lee has justified his two meetings with American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) members because he “represents all Tennesseans.”

Here’s just a little bit more information for Governor Lee to consider if he’s thinking about more meetings with AMAC members.

Zulfat Suara, the chair of AMAC has chosen to embrace known anti-Semites Linda Sarsour, Omar Ilhan and Rashiba Tlaib.

Sarsour has come under fire from former co-leaders of the Women’s March for supporting Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has praised Hitler and described Jews as “satanic.”

Today, Ilhan Omar has been condemned for her anti-Semitic tweets, by fellow Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. Engel is quoted as saying that Omar’s “comments about the role of so-called ‘Jewish money’ in U.S. politics is ‘shocking.’”

And this is not the first anti-Semitic trope tweeted out by Omar.

Even pathetic Pelosi condemned Omar’s comments finding them “deeply offensive” and called on her to issue an apology.

Rashida Tlaib is no better, making no effort to hide her anti-Semitism including tweeting out an age-old slander used against American Jews about dual loyalty with regard to Israel. Add to this her passionate support for the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Natan Sharansky, a well-known former Soviet Jew and human rights activist, spent 9 years in a Siberian gulag. Upon his release, he immediately became an Israeli citizen, and eventually served in the Israeli Knesset. One of his duties was to monitor anti-Semitism.

He found the newer version of the classical anti-semitism was directed at Zionism and the State of Israel. BDSers self-righteously allege victimization of the Palestinians by Israel but Sharansky exposed what really drives the BDS campaign in his “three D’s” test for anti-Semitism:
double standards – singling out Israel for criticism while ignoring the more egregious behavior of major human rights abusers in countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, North Korea, China, etc
demonization of Israel – distorting the Jewish State’s actions using false comparisons to Nazis or South Africa’s apartheid regime
delegitimization – denying only Israel’s fundamental right to exist among all other peoples in the world

Zulfat has embraced these women as politicians she seeks to emulate as she herself runs for a Metro Council at-large seat.

We’ll watch to see if Governor Lee takes a third meeting from the group Zulfat leads.

Pat Hamsa | February 11, 2019 at 2:22 pm

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