Ilhan Omar Defeat Pro-Israeli Lobby Candidate in Minnesota Primary
By Dr. Aslam Abdullah
American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) spent more than 6, 00,000 worth adversarial ads on its Facebook page against her. The American Jewish Committee was not far behind. The Pro-Israel Pacs poured in 2 million dollars to defeat her. On August 11, when the votes came in, Ilhan won the Democratic primary in Minnesota’s district by almost 30,000 votes. In the general election, she will face the Republican in the reliable Democratic constituency.
Over 750,000 population district has 67 percent white, 17percent blacks and 9 percent Hispanics. The pro-Israel lobby had hoped that Christian evangelists, Trump supporters, AIPAC owned Democrats, and Islamophobes would respond to their call and elect Antone Melton-Meaux as the next Democratic Candidate. But the results astounded Benjamin Netanyahoo’s loyal in Minnesota. Ilhan secured 92,132, or 57.5 percent popular votes while her opponent got 62,770, or 39.2 percent. Votes.
In the 2018 general election, Omar secured 65,237, and her nearest opponent Margret Kelliher got 41, 156 votes. The Prophet Israeli lobby calculated that in the 2020 Primary, 60,000 votes might be enough for her challenger. For every ballot Melton-Meaux got, tt spent $32.00. But as Omar observed, “organized voters defeated organized money.”
In her victory statement, Omar said, “Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown since 2018. This election isn’t about me. It’s about a plan rooted in people’s everyday struggles — and the corporations and rightwing donors who are threatened by it.”
Melton-Meaux said, “We’ve run it with character and integrity, and I think we really struck a chord. We got over 60,000 n this great district.” He got support from prominent Democrats such as civil rights activist Josie Johnson and Sam Kaplan, the former U.S. ambassador to Morocco in the Obama administration.
Ilhan had the support of Bernie Sanders and Elizebeth Warner. In November, she will face Republican candidate and businessman Lacy Johnson, who raised more than $4 million for his campaign, Johson prevailed in a three-way primary contest.
Kamala Harris is the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee .Her mother is a Hindu, her father, a Jamaican, her husband, a Jewish, and she calls herself a Baptist. She is Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running matter for November 3, 2020 Presidential election.
Her mother is Shyamala Gopalan, an India born Tamil American cancer researcher and civil rights activist.
Donald Harris, her father, was a former economics professor at Standford and an immigrant from Jamaica.
Her Jewish husband is Douglas Emhoff, who she met on a blind date in San Francisco, arranged by friends. They married in 2014. She was a volunteer for Israel. “So having grown up in the Bay Area, I fondly remember those Jewish national fund boxes that we would use to collect donations to plant trees for Israel,” she said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2017. “Years later, when I visited Israel for the first time, I saw the fruits of that effort and the Israeli ingenuity that has truly made a desert bloom.”
Harris also co-sponsored a Senate resolution in 2017 that rebuked the Obama administration for allowing through a U.S. Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement policies.
Halie Soifer, Harris’s former national security adviser and current executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, said the following about Harris. She “strongly aligns with the values of American Jews, including her support of the U.S.-Israel relationship, her commitment to ensuring access to affordable healthcare and education, her intolerance for hatred and bigotry, and her unwavering efforts to protect our country’s most vulnerable communities.”
Her position on Modi and RSS is not very clear. But she has rebuked India for violating the rights of Kashmiris. Reflecting on the violations of human rights in Kashmir, she said in November 2019, “We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world.”We are keeping track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands,”
She also supported Indian congresswoman Jaipal when Hindutva supporters in the U.S. attacked her for supporting the human rights violations in Kashmir. She rebuked India’s foreign minister, who refused to meet U.S. delegation on Kashmir because of Jaipal’s presence there. She said: “It’s wrong for any foreign government to tell Congress what members are allowed in Capitol Hill meetings.”
The Indian Hindu community led by the RSS and Modi supporters believes that she would have a soft corner with Hindutva because of India’s growing relations with Israel and thousands of Indian I.T. workers, business people, and doctors. RSS influenced groups in the U.S. have raised millions to impact this election. There is a growing concern among the followers of Hindutva that Trump may not win the election. The departure of Gabbard Tulsi from Congress means that they have to find a strong ally in the Democratic party. They view the relations of some pro-RSS doctors and people in business with Kamala Harris in California to bring her closer to Modi and RSS.
Muslim groups have scepticism of her records on human rights. The Muslim Advocacy, a Muslim advocacy group, criticized her stand on the CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) program. They said that Senator Harris proposed reviving this harmful, unproven program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and suggested that she could devote an astounding $100 million or more each year to fund it.
In 2016, speaking at an event at the end of she said, “I know how painful and violent these crimes can be. I know they are uniquely insidious in that they intend to strip its victim of dignity. So words matter.” In her speech, she did not mention the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Still, she denounced his remarks about Latino and Muslim judges possibly not being able to rule impartially in cases involving him because of his plans to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall and a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the U.S. She later lamented Trump’s policy to deny entry into the U.S. to people “based on whether they face east when they pray.”
It would be interesting to see how Kamala Harris relates to Muslim Americans on Kashmir, Palestine, and Human rights violations in India.