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.

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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.

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“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:

Rep. Omar responded, “It’s all in regards to the Benjamins child,” suggesting that politicians had been paid to again Israel.

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.

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.

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.

Ungar-Sargon responded:

Different journalists on the left shared their shock and dismay at Omar’s tweet:

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.

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.”

Others have been additionally furious:


At one level, Omar inadvertently retweeted a response by Zeitz by which he had declared: “She may as properly name us hook-nosed.”

Ilhan Omar retweet (Screenshot / Twitter)

Ilhan Omar retweet (Screenshot / Twitter)

She later undid the retweet.

Replace: Omar later retweeted a supporter who claimed she was merely “precisely describing” the “Israel foyer”:

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.


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