Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Defends 2012 Anti-Israel Tweet Widely Condemned as Antisemitic

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In two recent interviews, newly-installed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) defended an anti-Israel tweet she published six years ago that was widely condemned as antisemitic.

During Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012 — an eight-day IDF offensive against the Gaza Strip-ruling Hamas terror group — Omar wrote, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.”

The tweet drew strong criticism, as it appeared to evoke classic antisemitic themes regarding Jewish power.

In an interview with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto of CNN on Thursday, Omar objected to the characterization of the tweet as antisemitic.

“That’s a really regrettable way of expressing that,” Omar said. “I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans. My comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza war and I am clearly speaking about the way that the Israeli regime was conducting itself in that war.”

 

In a previous CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, Omar described her phrasing of the tweet as “unfortunate,” but maintained that the language consisted of “the only words I could think about expressing at that moment.”

“What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing the military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faith,” she stated. “I say the same things if not worse when it comes to the Saudi government.”

 

The Algemeiner   (c) 2018 .         Benjamin Kerstein

{Matzav.com}

11 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t see where she wrote any thing wrong. Shes a muslim. Her whole life shes been told Israel is the enemy.what do you want her to write thank you Israel for bombing my people. Perhaps we should rake someone over the coals if he praises Israel as anti arab.

  2. Good. G-ds world. It gets nothing but interest in Israel.

    Learn the holy is. This goes exactly Hashems way. Gaza is never for an arab.

    This is exactly as we know. G-d will liberate Second holocaust graves. The cold turns we have are ordained. We will not accept hate.

    Native bog. Nothing.

  3. you can always go back to your country
    and help those you know and love politically
    then to castigate our only true ally in the middle east
    back off sweet heart and educate yourself before you speak

  4. how does farakhan get away calling jews cockoroaches and nobody opens their mouth to protest and condemn and distance themselves. Can you imagine if a prominent jew got up and referred to blacks by the “N’ word and called them cockaroaches what would happen??!!

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