Rashida Tlaib (left), the democratic socialist who won the Democrat primary in Michigan's 13th congressional district, congratulates fellow Democrat primary winner (MN-5) Ilhan Omar (right) in a tweet.
Democrats Choose Radical Candidates in Key Primaries
In Democrat primaries this week, left-wing candidates came out on top in several notable races.
Rep. Keith Ellison, who is giving up his House seat to run for attorney general in Minnesota, won the Democrat primary for that office, a seat that no Republican has won since 1966. Ellison has long had ties with the Nation of Islam and has been a reliable anti-Israel vote in Congress. In addition, he has a record of supporting cop-killers, which makes him a truly odd choice for attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer in the state.
Also in Minnesota, Ilhan Omar won the Democrat primary in the heavily Democrat 5th district, which nearly guarantees her the seat in Congress now held by Keith Ellison. Omar has tweeted anti-Israel comments in the past. She is a former Advisory Board member of the Minnesota Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR). As a state legislator, she opposed and spoke against a bill against anti-Israel boycotts.
The Jewish Journal notes that in the foreign policy issues section of her website, Omar expresses her support of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. She states that she wants to “uplift the voices of Palestinians demanding an end to the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and end the siege of Gaza” and is against “the killing of civilians in Gaza and the expansion of settlements into the West Bank.”
In Michigan, a Palestinian-American woman, Rashida Tlaib, won the Democrat primary in the 13th district. Tlaib has said in interviews that she would vote against aid to Israel in Congress and that she supports the "free speech rights" of the Boycott-Divest-Sanction movement against Israel.
In an interview quoted on the anti-Israel Electronic Intifada website, Tlaib said that she supports a "one state" solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Electronic Intifada described her position as supporting "a single democratic state in all of what is now Israel, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in which everyone has equal rights." The problem is that such a state would be the end of Jewish self-determination in the historic Jewish homeland -- Jews would quickly become a persecuted minority in the Arab-majority Palestinian state that would replace Israel.
J Street endorsed Tlaib and their PAC gave her $3,000, on the understanding that she agreed with the organization's stated support of US aid to Israel. After push-back from anti-Israel voices, Tlaib renounced that view, telling a socialist magazine that she does not support "aid to a Netanyahu Israel" and that "Americans should not be aiding any country that doesn’t support human rights."
The J Street PAC still has an endorsement page for Tlaib up on their website and has not commented on her anti-Israel statements at this time.
Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Rashida Tlaib is a member of Democratic Socialists of America. Both women endorsed and supported Ilhan Omar.