Though I certainly don’t condone President Donald Trump’s remarks regarding the “squad,” I found it strange that the local rabbis quoted by Johanna Ginsberg (“Rabbi with local roots defends Omar in viral Facebook post,” July 25) appear far more upset about the president’s tweets than they are about Ilhan Omar’s blatant anti-Semitism.
The rabbis described the president’s comments as “revolting” and “racist,” but don’t seem nearly as worked up about Omar’s comparison of the State of Israel to Nazi Germany, or her statement that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Like everyone else, rabbis have political leanings, and we are all likely to be selective in our outrage. Let’s just agree to be honest about it.
Rabbi Elie Mischel
Synagogue of the Suburban Torah Center