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"One hundred percent chance of precipitation, according to the national weather service make their up for a little bit tomorrow at seven thirty four KCRW. It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm David green. And I'm Steve Inskeep. This story begins with a tweet a Minnesota member of congress Ilhan, Omar suggested that lawmakers support Israel because of money from a pro Israel lobbying group. She later apologized for the wording of her message, but not for her views of Israel. Then Omar spoke again about Israel saying, quote, I want to talk about the political influence in this country. That says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. Her fellow House Democrats now plan a resolution to condemn antisemitism. Omar's defenders say you ought to be able to criticize Israel without being labeled a bigot. So when is a critique of Israel fair, Deborah Lipstadt is author of the book antisemitism here. And now she's on the line from New York City. Good morning. Good morning. Steve. I want to note that it is fairly common. Among conservatives to suggest that almost any criticism of Israel is almost by definition, anti semitic. Do you think it is? No, absolutely not. If you wanna read criticism of Israel. All you have to do is go to Haaretz dot com. The Israeli daily and you'll see criticism of Israel or go to the Knesset floor the parliament floor and you'll see criticism of Israeli policies. And there's nothing wrong with criticizing Isreaeli policies. And of course, the policies that have been controversial in the United States. Not to mention in the Middle East center around Israel treatment of Palestinians, who are still under Israeli control in many ways and do not have full rights in Israel. Yes. In the occupied. Territories right. Exactly. Although a conservatives will say, listen, it's still unfair to criticize Israel, usually. Because you you you you critics hold Israel to a much higher standard than most other countries around the world that are less democratic than Israel. I think that is often true. But that's not to say that there aren't things wrong with Isreaeli policies. I'm a supporter of Israel. And I criticized Israeli policies all the time. I think the controversy in this case with Representative, Omar. Really goes back to her using her relying on antisemitic stereotypes, anti semitic tropes, anti antisemitic means when she wrote, you know, it's all about the Benjamins baby referring hundred dollar bills, which Benjamin Franklin's picture on it or saying, not even insinuating. But actually saying that those people who support Israel having allegiance to another country. I think those go back to act their route the notion of a Jewish conspiracy Jewish dual loyalties and anti-semitism one of the mainstays of anti-semitism has always been that Jews can't be trusted that use conspire with one another that they're one of the code words often uses that they're Cozma politician. They have more supportive one other than they do of the country in which they live and that that's that's part of the antisemitic tradition. Accusation? And that was really what upset many people a her comment. I think if she had just criticized Israeli policies or questions some of Israel American support, it wouldn't have ignited such a firestorm. What what I thought was. I'm looking across at you supporters of Israel, and I just think you're confusing Israel's idea of its interest or the Israeli government's current idea of its interest with the US national interest. Is there any non antisemitic way to express that thought at all absolutely in the members of congress who do with their journalists who do it their people on campuses? I live on the campus that people on American campuses who do it. Absolutely. But when you begin to suggest the conspiracy theory that Jews are in this for the money you or that Jews are doing this because they they are not patriotic. They have dual loyalties when you begin to do something like that, you're really whether the whether she's doing it consciously. Or not you really crossing the line into what many people consider anti-semitism? How do you respond to defenders of congresswoman Alano Maher who have suggested that perhaps she is being more harshly criticized not just for her words. But because she happens to be Muslim that could very well be. I mean, she make night a storm. She's a woman, and she wears job a woman who and and and Muslim obviously and that could make her and easier target. But and I would hope that's not the case. But but there's something really disturbing about her words now she has to her credit. She has apologized. She has said she was wrong. She didn't realize the impact of her words. The problem is she's apologized, and then she's gone back to it a number of times. But I think this really goes to the core. The core of the problem is that there are many people on the progressive left. Not everyone. But some. See this in the UK in the labor party who look at Jews and see white people who are privileged and decide if so facto they can't be victims of prejudice. And that's simply wrong. We know that that is the case that Jews can be victims of prejudice. It's funny. The people in the right don't consider on the far, right? Don't consider Jews white. But that's beside the point. So the idea to in in her mind in the mind of as I say, many people on the progressive left. There's a sense that when Jews claim anti-semitism they're they're trying to cover up. It's not true Jews know that you can be a subject of anti-semitism, even if you live comfortably and even if you are not a you know colored or have a different color skin than than the white person Beverly obstat, thanks so much. You're welcome. The head of the food and Drug administration has been known recently for taking on the tobacco industry. But Dr Scott Gottlieb is leaving the agency next month. He says to spend more time with his wife and young children. Here's NPR's. Alison kodjak Gottlieb, faced a great deal of skepticism when he was appointed to the FDA because he came from the pharmaceutical industry, but he went on to be an aggressive regulator of the tobacco industry, and he's used his public platform along with his agency's limited powers to try to bring down drug prices. David Mitchell is the founder of patients for affordable drugs. Scott Gottlieb looked at his authority and tried to do a number of things with innocence authority that would lower drug prices in in that regard. He's been a standout in the administration. The FDA doesn't have any direct power over drug prices, but Gottlieb sped up approval of generics. And during his two years at FDA, the agency approved more than fourteen hundred generic drugs the most ever Scott Calveley took steps to try and speed John. Eric's to market to try and stop practices at brand companies. That blocked generics. From coming to market. He stood up against the practice of brand drug companies using citizen petitions to delay generics. From coming to market perhaps his biggest target though was the tobacco industry says, Greg. Hey flee with the American Cancer society's cancer action network. He had a number of aggressive and visionary proposals, including reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to below addictive wobbles and eliminating menthol flavoring of cigarettes, which has taken a devastating toll on the African American community in America. Safely says he hopes Gottlieb successor follows through on his plans. Alison kodjak, NPR news, Washington.."