Who decides when we do — and don’t — call out anti-Semitism?

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, other prejudices and white supremacy that began as the legislative equivalent of a subtweet of controversial statements on Israel and U.S. policy by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). But despite copious commentary that the issue has divided Democrats, the only votes against the resolution came from Republicans — 23 of them. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), long aligned with white supremacy, abstained.

Which means the vote played out exactly as we should have expected it to.

Educator April Rosenblum has suggested that part of the reason that anti-Semitism can seem invisible — that an attack on Jews might not always be immediately recognizable to non-Jews — is that it’s the rare form of hatred that “allows” success for its targets. “Many oppressions rely on keeping a targeted group of people poor, uneducated, designated nonwhite, or otherwise ‘at the bottom,’” Rosenblum writes.

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