Dear Editor:

Decorah Friends Meeting, of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), wish to state/minute that we stand with Ilhan Omar, the representative from Minnesota who has been open in her criticism of the state of Israel’s genocidal policies toward the Palestinian people. 

Some have called “anti-semitism” on her criticisms of AIPAC, an American lobbying group that spends millions of dollars to buy U.S. support of Israel’s aggression and militarism toward the Palestinian people. We wish to distinguish between anti-Semitism -- a particular form of racism toward the Jewish people -- and criticism of the actions of the state of Israel. 

We understand Representative Omar to be in opposition to U.S. support for the Israeli government’s inhumane treatment of Palestinians, and we stand with her.

Bill Deutsch, Clerk

Decorah Friends Meeting