Colors: Purple Color

In her continuing non-apology tour, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized to anti-Zionist sect Neturei Karta for ignoring their request for a photo-op. “In my effort to show that I’m not an anti-Semite, I’ve met with many Jews from the social justice community. They share my opposition to the Israeli financial occupation of congressional campaign accounts,” she said.

After tepidly denouncing President Donald Trump in a recent opinion column, longtime Queens Jewish Link writer Sergey Kadinsky earned himself an angry letter from reader Ahron Price. “Who does Kadinsky think he is? No president has embraced the Jewish community as tightly as Donald J. Trump. After everything that he had done for Sholom Rubashkin, the Jerusalem embassy, and how about that diplomatic wunderkind Jared Kushner, Jews should be voting Republican for the next hundred years!”

On those occasions when I could break away from Pesach preparation over the last few hours, it seemed that all the news centered on the burning of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. It was amazing to me to see how many people were outraged or saddened or pained by the burning of this building. On my visit to Paris a few years ago, my tour bus passed the cathedral several times, and despite the many impressive buildings in Paris, it stood out. Hailed by some as the “most important building in Western Civilization, the iconic, massive, and grandiose structure, hundreds of years old, was certainly quite a sight, and perhaps that is why it has saddened so many. Perhaps it was because this has only been the most recent and famous of houses of worship being attacked in a spate of tragedies throughout France.

Last week, amidst yet another controversy surrounding Ilhan Omar, freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, the cover of Newsweek was Omar’s smiling face with the title “Ilhan Omar, the Democrats, and Israel.” Inside the magazine was a 5,000-word article titled, “How Ilhan Omar Is Changing the Conversation About Israel - and Upending the 2020 Campaign.” The article paints Omar as the tragic heroine selflessly working from within the Democratic Party to create a more honest view of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

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