Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) launched a brand new antisemitic volley on Twitter on Sunday, accusing a pro-Israel group of shopping for affect in Congress, and referring to an offensive Jewish stereotype that even fellow critics of Israel discovered abhorrent.
Omar started by re-tweeting Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of the Intercept, who has lengthy been hostile to Israel.
Greenwald had criticized Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) for his feedback to Breitbart Information Saturday and different retailers, accusing Democrats of double requirements of their reluctance to punish Omar and different Democrats for antisemitic rhetoric after they had eagerly censured Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for racist language.
“Nancy Pelosi has not mentioned a phrase,” McCarthy informed Breitbart Information Saturday. “So which means she’s supportive of those actions” by Omar.
Final month, Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promoted Omar to the Home International Affairs Committee, regardless of controversy about Omar’s previous antisemitic rhetoric and her radical anti-Israel overseas coverage views.
McCarthy informed Breitbart Information: “If [Pelosi] doesn’t do one thing, we’ll take motion on the ground.”
Greenwald tweeted in response that it was “beautiful” that McCarthy and Republicans have been defending Israel:
GOP Chief Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s beautiful how a lot time US political leaders spend defending a overseas nation even when it means attacking free speech rights of Individuals https://t.co/It1fGm1b70
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2019
Rep. Omar responded, “It’s all in regards to the Benjamins child,” suggesting that politicians had been paid to again Israel.
It’s all in regards to the Benjamins child https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor on the left-wing Ahead — which is usually important of Israel — tweeted in response that Omar’s comment was antisemitic. “That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted,” she mentioned, the primary being Omar’s 2012 tweet alleging that “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Omar has acknowledged that the primary tweet was offensive, however has refused to apologize for it, and has refused to delete it: it’s still live as of this writing.
Would like to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, although I feel I can guess. Unhealthy kind, Congresswoman. That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted. https://t.co/FTCaCe7WyG
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) February 11, 2019
In response, Omar tweeted merely, “AIPAC!”, referring to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel foyer group that’s carefully related to the American Jewish neighborhood.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Nevertheless, AIPAC shouldn’t be a political motion committee (PAC), and doesn’t donate to, or endorse, candidates. The declare that AIPAC bribes Congress is a typical antisemitic theme amongst extremists on each the left and the precise.
Please learn to discuss Jews in a non-anti-Semitic approach. Sincerely, American Jews. https://t.co/qo3BU2Pqgn
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) February 11, 2019
Different journalists on the left shared their shock and dismay at Omar’s tweet:
Oy…not what I’d tweet. pic.twitter.com/SLqy7FyCjh
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) February 11, 2019
Politico contributing editor Joshua M. Seitz agreed with Nationwide Journal political reporter Josh Kraushaar that Omar’s assertion was a part of a “sample” of antisemitic rhetoric.
You and I don’t agree on a lot, or actually, something. However we agree on this one.
— Joshua Zeitz (@JoshuaMZeitz) February 11, 2019
Chelsea Clinton tweeted her condemnation of Omar’s rhetoric: “We should always count on all elected officers, no matter get together, and all public figures to not visitors in anti-Semitism.”
Co-signed as an American. We should always count on all elected officers, no matter get together, and all public figures to not visitors in anti-Semitism.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 11, 2019
Others have been additionally furious:
Supporters of Israel have each proper to take part in politics and have their voices heard, and Israel is among the U.S.’s most respected allies on the globe, making it worthy of help regardless of anything. What @IlhanMN is doing is shameful bigoted hatemongering
— (((Michael Koplow))) (@mkoplow) February 11, 2019
At one level, Omar inadvertently retweeted a response by Zeitz by which he had declared: “She may as properly name us hook-nosed.”
She later undid the retweet.
Replace: Omar later retweeted a supporter who claimed she was merely “precisely describing” the “Israel foyer”:
precisely describing how the Israel foyer works shouldn’t be anti-semitism https://t.co/30M6rVmeJb
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 11, 2019
Not solely was Omar’s description of how AIPAC works inaccurate, however the time period “Israel foyer” is itself a loaded one, usually utilized in conspiracy theories alleging undue Jewish affect over the U.S. authorities.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Massive at Breitbart Information. He’s a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He’s additionally the co-author of How Trump Received: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is accessible from Regnery. Comply with him on Twitter at @joelpollak.