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“Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master” (Attributed to Voltaire). By Eric Margolis.

Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion.

I keep in my bookcase a cautionary book, ‘They Dared Speak Out’ written by US senators and congressmen who all lost their positions after rebuking Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinians or daring to suggest that Israel had far too much influence in the US.

Journalists learn this first commandment very early. Criticize, or even question, Israel at your own peril. Until recently, we journalists were not even allowed to write there was an ‘Israel lobby’. It was widely considered Washington’s most powerful lobby group but, until lately, mentioning its name was seriously verboten.

Now, young Democratic stars Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a feisty congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, have suddenly broken the taboo and said what dared not be said: there is too much rightwing Israeli influence and there must be justice for Palestine.

Journalists learn this first commandment very early. Criticize, or even question, Israel at your own peril.

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have come to the defense of Ilhan Omar against the usual charges that she is anti-Semitic. So have black groups and smaller liberal Jewish groups. The Democratic Party, that once received half its financial support from Jewish sources, is badly split over the Palestine crisis. Its old guard is retreating and does not know what to do beyond issuing fiery denunciations of the heretical Miss Omar. The Democratic Party split comes just at a time when it is trying to bring down President Donald Trump.

Many people seem unaware that Islam is now America’s third largest religion and may soon surpass the number of Jews. In Canada, Muslims are already the second religion.

Ilhan is not anti-Semitic. I grew up in New York and New England where vicious anti-Semitism abounded. I know real anti-Semitism when I see it. But she is quite right in charging that vast amounts of pro-Israel money have bought Congress and the media.

Sheldon Adelson*, the pro-Israel casino tycoon, has given well over US$100 million to the Republican Party and its leaders. This money comes from legal gambling, a sickness that preys on addicts and the unfortunate. In the 1700s, Dr Samuel Johnson well defined lotteries and gambling as ‘a tax on fools’. Such is the source of Adelson’s billions and his influence over the US political process. He is also the primary financier of Israel’s prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who now faces serious charges of corruption. [* Sheldon Adelson is an American business magnate. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in $ingapore.]

Many people seem unaware that Islam is now America’s third largest religion and may soon surpass the number of Jews. In Canada, Muslims are already the second religion.

Interestingly, Britain faces a similar political storm. Its left-leaning Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has called for justice for the Palestinians and a viable state for them. Britain’s pro-Israel groups and media have launched furious counterattacks on Corbyn and his allies, barraging them with false accusations of being anti-Semitic. This is utter nonsense. To find real anti-Semitism in Britain you need look into the recesses of the Conservative Party. I’ve seen its ugly face.

Israel’s brutal repression of Palestinians has sparked bitter anti-Israel sentiments across Europe. Not so much in America, where media leans far over to Israel’s side and evangelical Christians have been bamboozled into believing that a Greater Israel is somehow necessary for the Second Coming.

But young Americans, and even more so Europeans, are increasingly hearing the call of justice for Palestine. They want no truck with Israel’s right-wingers, whom many leftist Israelis, including the late great writer, Uri Avnery, brand ‘fascists.’

The prescient and courageous Pat Buchanan said it years ago: the US Congress was ‘Israeli occupied territory.’ His political career was ruined.

So was my mother’s career. She was one of the first American female journalists to cover the Mideast in the early 1950s. After extensively reporting the unknown fact that there were nearly one million Palestinian refugees driven from the new state of Israel, she was silenced by advertisers pulling ads from the papers she wrote for and, finally, threats to throw acid in my face. Her career was ruined.

So I say to Miss Omar and the other brave ladies, full speed ahead. Damn the torpedoes. Do what is good for the world and your country. Break the hold of big money over our republic.

Note: Eric S Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation - Pakistan, Hurriyet - Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia. Visit The above article was posted at Information Clearing House.

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  1. 18 Responses to “MORE POWER TO YOU MISS OMAR”

  2. Those towel heads ( Muslims ) should all be deported back to the Middle East and not allowed in America “ The UK “ France “ Canada “ Ireland and similar countries. Those Middle Eastern savages have one goal . To either convert everyone or kill the ones that refuse. The Koran says as much . Islam spawned Al Quaida and ISIS who’s philosophy is off with the heads of the infidels. Dirty savages . Let em have their own country of genocide. Keep em away from us .

    By HHH on Mar 20, 2019

  3. Ihan Omar needs to go with them . She’s an ISIS wannabe . How can America elect a fucking Muslim to political office . This country is fucked . That never would have happened decades earlier.

    By HHH on Mar 20, 2019

  4. Even Fox News is caving in Judge Jennine Pirro was taken off of the air for criticism of that towel head . America is PC gone amok. I despise modern society.

    By HHH on Mar 20, 2019

  5. … and Pat Buchanan is our new old hero?!?
    Maybe Mr. FZ would deny …

    By HH on Mar 20, 2019

  6. That’s the goal of Muslims. Slowly and methodically take over the entire world by masquerading as peaceful souls and when they outnumber everyone else they’ll pounce and give the ultimatum. You’re allegence or your heads . Think Nick Berg “ Eugene Armstrong “ Daniel Perl “ Jack Hensley “ Kenneth Bigley and many more . All beheaded by Muslims. Islam is like a cancer spreading.

    By John on Mar 20, 2019

  7. According to the FBI, Omar’s district in Minnesota has supplied more recruits for ISIS than any other locality in the USA. That is not a coincidence. Nor is it a coincidence that her constituents elected an openly antisemitic individual to Congress. The Koran demands that unbelievers be shunned, subjugated, enslaved and when possible, murdered. If she preached love and tolerance for unbelievers her coreligionists would consider her an apostate and a traitor to Islam. Unless they understood that she was employing taqiyya: the concept of lying to unbelievers to further the goals of Islam.

    Omar herself is a proud supporter of the BDS movement, which fanatically opposes the very existence of the state of Israel, and seeks to undermine every facet of it’s society with the ultimate goal of erasing it from existence. On this, She is in total agreement with the maniac mullahs of Iran, the corrupt leaders of the PA, the terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah, the inhuman war criminals of ISIS and former KKK scumbag David Duke.

    By Counter-Revolutionary on Mar 20, 2019

  8. The Muslims have their Manchurian Candidate. Disgusting.

    By Joe Oleg on Mar 21, 2019

  9. Atta gal . Way to go

    By Abu Musab Al Zarqoui on Mar 21, 2019

  10. Wow, you are all so knowledgeable, Let me ask how does one get FBI Secret Intelligence ? Heritage Foundation and SEI, are doing their JOBS, creating MAGA(TS) That are mental Giants in the Field of Hate. You go, you “quasi” cops.. Hey, if he walks like a duck, talks like a duck. Why is he goose-stepping? OMG the dead have risen, I know I recognized that name .. Thumbs up Zarqoui, funny

    By cj bartyzelowki on Mar 21, 2019

  11. Zarqoui lives in the spirit of all savage Muslims. Captain Decapitate is the blueprint.

    By HHH on Mar 21, 2019

  12. This is why I despise all organized religion. I personally am an atheist. Religion spawns fanatics and the mentally deranged. Today it’s Islam ‘ it the past it was Christianity. Christians actually have slaughtered more people throughout history than anyone in the name of religion.

    By Paul on Mar 21, 2019

  13. “Christians actually have slaughtered more people throughout history than anyone in the name of religion.”

    Not in the last 450 years they haven’t.

    Detailed list of Islamic terror attacks from just within the last month:

    Feel free to provide a comparable list of Christian atrocities committed again non-Christians from the same time-span, or even the last decade, or even the last century.

    By Counter-Revolutionary on Mar 21, 2019

  14. Since this past January, the greatest ongoing genocide is taking place in Nigeria: over 6000 Christian women and children have been slaughtered by the Fulani Muslims. That hasn’t been reported anywhere by the mainstream media. Conversely, I’ve heard repeatedly about the killings in New Zealand, yet that is only a fraction of what has been going on in Nigeria. The crickets in my backyard have made more noise about it than our media.

    By Greg on Mar 23, 2019

  15. Here you go, you Muslim lover yet again publishing pro Muslim screed; they’ll set us back 1,000 years with Sharia law. She can stick Roger waters up her ass as well.

    By Goldberg on Mar 23, 2019

  16. How the hell does a radical Muslim get elected to public office in the U.S. ? What is wrong with people today ?

    By David on Mar 23, 2019

  17. Muslim women are treated like cattle in the Middle East , which makes this woman and her philosophy baffling.

    By David on Mar 23, 2019

  18. I was baptized catholic. They used to make us kids go to confession ‘ take communion and call it the blood and body of Christ . They also told us you would go blind and also go to hell if you played with yourself. Muslim men are told that if they die while committing mass murder ‘ thousands of virgins await them in the after life . All religion is mumbo jumbo bullshit . It’s hard to believe so many billions of people are so stupid.

    By John on Mar 23, 2019

  19. “How does a Muslim get elected to political office in the United States?” Simple: by being voted in to represent her or his constituents - and without the big money that buys many Republican votes. Are these paranoid hatemongers aware that the Mayor of London is a Muslim? And Londoners are not quaking in fear, nor should they be. ISIS no more represents the average Muslim than the Spanish Inquisition or the Westboro Baptist Church represent the average Christian.

    By Rod on Apr 11, 2019

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