Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan stood up for Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar during his Sunday speech at the NOI’s annual Saviours’ Day event. Omar recently faced backlash after accusing the pro-Israel lobby of buying congressional support for Israel.
“Ms. Omar from Somalia – she started talking about ‘the Benjamins’ and they are trying to make her apologize. Sweetheart, don’t do that. Pardon me for calling you ‘sweetheart,’ but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for,” Farrakhan stated, which was first reported by the The Washington Free Beacon.
He continued, “Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so you’re not lying, so if you’re not lying. Stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House. Shake it up!” (RELATED: House Overwhelmingly Approves Motion To Condemn Anti-Semitism Amid Omar Fallout)
“Oh she’s just ‘young.’ She just got here. Don’t be so hard on her. My beautiful sisters, you were sent there to shake that House up. Your people voted you in, but God is the overseer,” Farrakhan continued, mocking the criticism she’s faced.
Farrakhan has been accused of promulgating anti-Semitism for decades. Last October, he posted a video on Twitter of a speech he gave, in which he compared Jewish people to termites. He has also previously accused Jews of allegedly being involved in 9/11. (RELATED: Seven House Democrats Have Direct Ties To Notorious Anti-Semite [VIDEO])
Politicians on both sides of the political aisle condemned Omar’s accusation last week. President Donald Trump called for her to resign or at least be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee, while House Speaker Pelosi said the congresswoman was using an “anti-Semitic [trope].”
After Democratic leadership condemned her, Omar issued an apology on Twitter. (RELATED: Omar Releases Statement After Backlash Surrounding Tweet Accusing AIPAC Of Buying Israel Support)
This tweet from Omar was not the first time she has been critical of Israel, while also being accused of pushing anti-Semitism. She has previously announced her for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement, previously implied that Israel is not a democracy and, back in 2012, accused Israel of “[hypnotizing] the world,” although she has since apologized for it.
Source: The Daily Caller
David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief
Seven Labor Members of Parliament (MPs) quit their party Monday after expressing disapproval of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approval of Brexit and lingering accusations of anti-Semitism.
The MPs say Corbyn has allowed Britain’s Official Opposition to be “hijacked by the machine politics of the hard Left,” Reuters reports. They will sit as Independents in the House of Commons for now.
The accusations of Corbyn enabling anti-Semitism date back to 2012, when he defended a crude mural that depicted Jews as rich bankers exploiting the working classes. When the mural was again discussed in 2018, Corbyn was tardy in withdrawing his support. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez And UK Labor Leader Talk, Tweet Mutual Admiration)
In the 1980s, Corbyn was affiliated with the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine, which vilified Israel as “the Zionist state as racist, exclusivist, expansionist and a direct agency of imperialism.” The opposition leader denies that he is anti-Semitic.
The party unrest is good news for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who rules an increasingly disgruntled and divided Conservative Party caucus that almost removed her from power.
Some Tory MPs have claimed that May has dragged her feet on Brexit — the plan for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) that was approved by voters in a 2016 referendum. The U.K. will officially leave the EU in just over one month. (RELATED: Theresa May Will Hold On To Her Job As Prime Minister)
“The Labour party we joined — that we campaigned for and believed in — is no longer today’s Labour Party … it has now been hijacked by the machine politics of the hard Left,” MP Chris Leslie told reporters at a news conference.
“Evidence of Labour’s betrayal on Europe is now visible for all to see. Offering to actually enable this government’s Brexit — constantly holding back from allowing the public a final say.”
The seven Parliamentarians are Chris Leslie, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey.
Although Labor has shared government with the Conservatives over the past century, the Socialist Party has had its best electoral success when it moves to the center.
Source: The Daily Caller