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Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN) and Jan Schakowsky (IL) penned a joint op-ed on Tuesday, calling for Muslim and Jewish communities to stand together in the face of resurgent white nationalism.
“White nationalists win when our two communities are divided,” the two, who are Muslim and Jewish themselves, wrote on CNN. “They seek to exploit our divisions and grievances to further an agenda of hate. But we know that when we are united, we are stronger. We know this because in our own communities, Jewish and Muslim constituents have joined hands in solidarity and denounced these hate-filled massacres.”
“We may not see eye to eye on all issues, but we must acknowledge that attacks on our faiths are two sides of the same bigoted coin,” they continued. “As Americans, we must all stand together in rejecting hate and embracing one another to create a country and a culture of unity and justice.”
Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who is also Muslim, have faced repeated bad-faith attacks over their supposed anti-Semitism in recent months. In February, Omar faced a firestorm of accusations, particularly from the right, after she tweeted that Republican support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins” and that pro-Israel groups like AIPAC were influencing the United States’ pro-Israel stance.
The Minnesota congresswoman later apologized for her comments “unequivocally,” saying she was “listening and learning, but standing strong.”
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