As Ilhan Omar Faces Anti-Semitism Charges, 2020 Candidates Come To Her Defense
Senior Democrats and Jewish groups argued that Omar implied American Jews have an allegiance to Israel, a foreign government, which is a longstanding anti-Semitic trope. “Sometimes referred to as the ‘dual loyalty’ charge, it alleges that Jews should be suspected of being disloyal neighbors or citizens because their true allegiance is to their co-religionists around the world or to a secret and immoral Jewish agenda,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League,
wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday. “This anti-Semitic allegation posits that non-Jews should not trust the motives or actions of their Jewish neighbors, who may be engaged in deceitful behavior to accomplish their own goals at the expense of others.”