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Antisemitism debate exposes new fault lines in US politics

Antisemitism debate exposes new fault lines in US politicsThe fallout from comments by Ilhan Omar spans identity politics, party politics, geopolitics and a generational divide Ilhan Omar, the Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, has faced ferocious blowback for her comments. Photograph: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty Images An Israeli prime minister who has embraced Donald Trump and taken rightwing populism from his playbook. And a group of fiery young Democrats unafraid to question their elders or challenge the status quo. Put together, the elements were bound to be explosive. Democrats were
expected to offer a resolution condemning antisemitism on the floor of the US House of Representatives on Thursday following the latest provocative comments by Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who in January became one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But the vote was pushed back as Democrats became increasingly divided over the language of the resolution, and whether it would be broadened to include anti-Muslim bias – a sign of the delicate balancing act for Democrats on a notoriously complex issue spanning identity politics, party politics, geopolitics and a generational divide. On Wednesday, Democrats accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders of trying to rush out the resolution after Omar last week suggested the Jewish state’s supporters are pushing lawmakers to pledge “allegiance” to a foreign country. “As a member of Congress I should not get important information from cable news,” Democratic congresswoman Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, who also took up her seat in January, said in a statement. Meanwhile, the controversy spread to the White House and the Senate. “It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference,” tweeted President Donald Trump, who has himself been accused of stoking anti-semitism. “Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!” Sign up for the US morning briefing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president as a Democrat in 2020 and is Jewish, defended Omar. “Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel,” he said. “What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate,” he continued. “That’s wrong.” Democrats and Republicans alike have long expressed a rock-solid alliance with Israel. Leaders of both parties frequently address the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference in Washington, which is coming up later this month. Omar and other critics suggest that Aipac has too much sway over US policy. At last year’s conference the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, delivered a bellicose speech and “saluted” Trump for his plan to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Indeed, Netanyahu and Trump have perhaps the closest relationship of any two Israeli and US leaders in history, and much in common. Israel’s attorney general has said he intends to indict Netanyahu on corruption charges, while Trump is under investigation by the justice department, House Democrats and the federal prosecutors of the southern district of New York. Both men have punched back aggressively and cried “fake news!” Both are also accused of siding with far-right extremists in ways that threaten their respective democracies. So while there is nothing new about the US-Israel relationship drawing scrutiny from the left, the political moment is ripe. And it coincides with a younger generation far more willing to challenge old orthodoxies of foreign policy. In Congress, they are personified by Democratic newcomers including Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, who is also Muslim. “Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being antisemitic,” Omar, a hijab-wearing Somali American, tweeted on Sunday. “I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same.” Omar has apologised for a 2012 tweet in which she said Israel had “hypnotised” America, then again for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are paid to do so. Both remarks were condemned for employing antisemitic tropes, including by some who do not shy away from criticising Israel when the occasion demands. Then came a third incident. Speaking at a progressives’ town hall event in Washington last week, Omar said: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” Again, there was bipartisan outrage. Democrat Eliot Engel, chairman of the House foreign affairs committee, said it was a “vile antisemitic slur”. This time Omar refuses to say sorry. Kerri Evelyn Harris, a progressive former 2018 Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Delaware, was in the audience as Omar spoke. “She was very emotional when asked that question and her voice broke holding back the tears,” Harris said via text message. “The media is pulling out pieces of her comment in what I consider to be an attempt to divide people.” She added: “It’s a high-ratings controversy and the party and the movement alike are allowing it to drive a wedge out of reaction.” Post-it notes of support are left outside the office of Representative Ilhan Omar. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Some on the left regard the fierce backlash as an alliance between Republicans and centrist Democrats, and speak of the foreign policy establishment lashing out by using charges of antisemitism. They suggest that there is a concerted effort to “nuke” Omar now as a warning to others in her generation against speaking out. The Democratic congressman Juan Vargas of California tweeted that Omar was perpetuating “hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes” and added that “questioning support for the US-Israel relationship is unacceptable”. Ocasio-Cortez shot back: “Plenty of Dem members have asserted that discussion + debate on this issue is fair and merited. Is this stance a departure from that?” Plenty of Jewish Americans do debate the US-Israel relationship. Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, said: “Israel is a country and a member of the UN, subject to the same international conventions and treaties. But it is unfortunately not uncommon for criticism of Israel to cross a line into antisemitism, which is what happens when you have tropes about money or an international conspiracy. “Congresswoman Omar used a couple of stereotypes, but we are hyper-focused on her remarks and some are weaponising those remarks in a way that will hurt the Jewish community.” White nationalist groups marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, many chanting ‘Jews will not replace us!’ Donald Trump said they included some ‘very fine people’. Photograph: Mykal McEldowney/AP Some observers detect hypocrisy, suggesting that Omar is being singled out disproportionately because she is a Muslim woman and Democrat. After white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting “Jews will not replace us!” in 2017, Trump insisted “there were very fine people on both sides”. Charles Chamberlain, chair of Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, said that while Democrats oppose antisemitism, “everyone paying attention knows that the particular resolution is being pushed right now, not to hold Republicans accountable for the countless times they have stood silently as the president whitewashed neo-Nazis, but instead to tell a newly elected, black, Muslim, refugee Congresswoman to sit down and shut up”. Democratic congressional leaders, he added, are playing “directly into the hands of rightwing forces in the United States and abroad, looking to divide Democrats and ignore essential questions about American foreign policy”. Omar has faced ferocious blowback. An anti-Muslim poster outside the chamber of the West Virginia house of delegates falsely connected her to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Haroon Moghul, a fellow in Jewish-Muslim relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, said: “It’s not only a double standard on antisemitism but I’m yet to hear Republicans propose a resolution to condemn Islamophobia. Why speak out against one form of bigotry and not another?” But Moghul also said he wanted more from Omar. “My general disappointment is that rather than telling us what she’s for, she’s telling us what she’s against.”



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Young people 'embracing Satan' at fault for violent crime, US police say

Young people 'embracing Satan' at fault for violent crime, US police sayIn a now-deleted Facebook post on Tuesday police in the town of Opp, Alabama, detailed a number of killings in the area over the past year, before offering an unusual explanation. Opp police appear to regularly promote Christian messages on their Facebook page.



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Trump is silent on the flu. Ebola? That was Obama's fault.

Trump is silent on the flu. Ebola? That was Obama's fault.Donald Trump blamed the Ebola outbreak in 2014 on then-President Obama. But he has been silent on this year's flu, which has been far more deadly to Americans.



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Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishingAn Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said.  ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that a series of brief incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been emergency calls from the vessel and disclosed it may only have a couple of days oxygen left. Buenos Aires was also beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. Submarine rescue mission He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat  would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves are hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed for a rescue. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, waits for news in Mar del Plata Credit: AP ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.



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Christians Are More Likely To Say It's Poor People's Own Fault That They're Poor

Christians Are More Likely To Say It's Poor People's Own Fault That They're PoorThe Jesus of the Bible had plenty to say about the poor ― their dignity, righteousness, and faith.



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Sister: Teen driver in fatal California crash not at fault

Sister: Teen driver in fatal California crash not at faultFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old survivor of a deadly car crash in California that was livestreamed on Instagram said she isn't mad at anyone and doesn't blame the driver.



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USS Fitzgerald Investigation Puts Navy at Fault for Deadly Collision

USS Fitzgerald Investigation Puts Navy at Fault for Deadly CollisionAn initial probe finds that the ship’s crew “should have spoken up” earlier.



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U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official

U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: officialThe crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship’s collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald’s waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen’s Aden harbor in 2000.



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The Latest: United pilots: Dragged passenger not our fault

The Latest: United pilots: Dragged passenger not our faultCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the removal of a passenger was dragged off a United Express flight in Chicago (all times local):



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