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Filemon Vela: Our Ilhan Omar

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:30 pm

Editor:

The worst part of the recent controversy in Washington surrounding the anti-Jewish comments of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., isn’t even the harm a single person can inflict with her words, but what her comments must represent.

I cannot help but wonder just how hate-filled, negative and anti-Israel her community back in Minnesota that elected her must be.

Just think about it. A congressman or woman is a representative of his or her district. This means that when it comes time to send someone to Washington to debate, vote and pass legislation on our behalf, we get to choose someone who thinks like us. Well, if the best the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota could come up with is the honor-deficient Ilhan Omar, how much more honordeficient must her constituents be? Now consider our own congressman. How must his votes reflect on us? He votes in favor of gay marriage. He votes in favor of abortion. He votes to raise our taxes. He votes to limit our Second Amendment rights. Few of his bills have gotten past committee, let alone become law. I am embarrassed to admit that, albeit for different reasons, Filemon Vela is our Ilhan Omar.

This is getting to be very serious business throughout the United States.

Fred Rendon

Harlingen

Israel critic finds favor

Editor:

About time, and long overdue, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s temerity (and courage) to question the United States’ blind support of Israel.

She is not anti-Semitic. Rather, she raised many issues concerning Israel.

Right-wing lobbyists, drones, Palestinians, the entire Near and Middle East.

A discussion about the United States’ relationship with Israel, especially over its treatment of the Palestinians within and without Israel, has been lacking for decades.

One can be a Jew, anywhere in the world, and still deplore Israel’s foreign and domestic policies.

Continue, Ms. Omar, and never retreat to silence. Perhaps your words will nudge peace ahead in the Near and Middle East, and also see the creation of an Israel-Palestine for all.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky

Brownsville

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