Omar Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Her Attempted Tour of Israel and the West Bank

First, the group actually published blood libel, posting an article that accused “the Jews [of using] the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover.” When pro-Israel bloggers condemned the article, Miftah first claimed that the attacks against the piece were part of a “smear campaign” and minimized the reference to blood libel as merely “briefly addressed.”

It was just a light sprinkling of blood libel. Move along, nothing to see here.

The organization later issued a more complete apology, but we’ve barely gotten started with this vile group. It’s also published an American neo-Nazi treatise called “Who Rules America: The Alien Grip on Our News and Entertainment Media Must Be Broken” (archived here).

David French “Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel“, National Review, August 20, 2019 (in MSN)

Leftists Wrongly Attack Rep. Emmer (R-MN) to Change the Subject from Rep. Omar

The second reason for claiming that Steyer is a Jew is ideological. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) actually is an antisemite. That embarrasses some leftists, who in most cases are reluctant to criticize her for it. I view that reluctance as unfortunate. For many leftists who still want Jewish support, it is far easier to try to change the subject to a Republican congressman who they can allege is antisemitic. In this case, they can gin up a story about how an attack on two Jews and a Christian in which Jews are nowhere mentioned is actually an attack on “rich Jews”.

Jonathan S. Mark, “Tom Steyer is not a Jew. Stop saying that he is“, Times of Israel, July 9, 2019
Some leftists are wrongly accusing Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) of antisemitism, in part to distract attention from Omar. They should cut it out. I am a Jew myself, and the author of the above article.

Omar Walks Back Her Supposed Apology For Her Anti-Israeli Comments

GAYLE KING: So you don’t regret your words either?

OMAR: I do not. But I have gotten the — I am grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words make people feel and have taken every single opportunity I’ve gotten to make sure that people understood that I apologize for it. I never really wanted them to —

Ilhan Omar: I Do Not Regret Israel Comment, But I Am Grateful To “Learn How My Words Make People Feel“, RealClear Politics, July 17, 2019
Omar’s useful idiot Seth Meyers told Meghan McCain that it was unfair for McCain to bring up Omar’s past antisemitic comments because Omar had supposedly apologized for them. What does Meyers have to say now that Omar has said that she does not regret her comments? Will Meyers apologize to McCain? Of course not. Like his fellow Ilhanomaniacs, Meyers is supremely indifferent to whether his defenses of Omar are true or false.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Calls on Omar to Unlearn the Antisemitism That They Both Learned in Somalia

Fast-forward to 2019. A freshman congresswoman from Minnesota has been infuriating the Jewish community and discomfiting the Democratic leadership with her expressions of anti-Semitism. Like me, Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia and exposed at an early age to Muslim anti-Semitism.

Some of the members of my 2006 AJC audience have asked me to explain and respond to Ms. Omar’s comments, including her equivocal apologies. Their main question is whether it is possible for Ms. Omar to unlearn her evident hatred of Jews—and if so, how to help.

In my experience it is difficult, perhaps impossible, to unlearn hate without coming to terms with how you learned to hate. Most Americans are familiar with the classic Western flavors of anti-Semitism: the Christian, European, white-supremacist and Communist types. But little attention has been paid to the special case of Muslim anti-Semitism. That is a pity because today it is anti-Semitism’s most zealous, most potent and most underestimated form.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, “Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice?“, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2019
Somalia is the home country of both Ilhan Omar and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ali says that antisemitism is rife there. Her mother would curse anyone she had a dispute with as a “Yahud” (Jew) even though there were no Jews in Somalia.

Brooke Goldstein Says Omar’s Anti-Israel Comments Show That “If She Wasn’t a Member of Congress, She Would be a Member of the KKK”

Goldstein went on to say that Omar has “built a career on attacking American Jews” and “hides behind the fact” that she’s a woman and Muslim, claiming the Democratic congresswoman can accuse anyone who criticizes her of being “Islamophobic and racist.” 

After decrying the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and “illegal commercial discrimination,” Goldstein ended the segment by saying the rise of anti-Semitism on the left is a “national emergency” and Omar “is a small part of it and a symptom of it.”

“She certainly is a visible symptom of it,” Carlson added.

Justin Baragona, “Tucker Carlson Guest: Ilhan Omar ‘Would Be a Member of the KKK’ If She Weren’t in Congress“, Daily Beast, July 10, 2019
Klansman David Duke has tweeted his agreement with Ilhan Omar’s comments about Jews and Israel, calling her the most significant member of Congress right now. The KKK and Omar are two peas in a pod when it comes to Israel.

The “Macabre Intersectionality” of David Duke’s Proclaimed Support for Ilhan Omar

“We also found macabre intersectionality when the openly anti-Semitic David Duke praised Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), recognizing their kindred anti-Semitism,” said Carmon.

Carmon rejects the term “lone wolf” both for jihadists and white supremacists. Like wolves in nature, he said, terrorists, whether of the jihadist or white-supremacist varieties, live and work in packs – online packs in the terrorists’ case.

“There are major platforms catering to white supremacists, such as GAB, where the Pittsburgh shooter was active, and 8Chan, which pretends to be a regular site but in reality is a full-blown racist site inciting violence,” said Carmon.

Ariel Ben Solomon, “Supremacists, jihadis form ‘2-pronged attack’ threatening Jews in US“, Israel Hayom, June 27, 2019
Politics makes strange bedfellows. White supremacist David Duke, posing here in a 1978 photo, hates blacks, Jews and Israel. Omar hates Israel and makes snide remarks about Jews. Thus, Duke, while remaining a racist, supports Omar.

Omar Intended to Derail Black-Jewish Caucus by Accusing Co-Founder Rep. Zeldin of Islamophobia

Consider freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who drew attention by accusing Jews of attempting to hypnotize the world by using money’s corrupting power, and tweeted in reply to a journalist’s remark about American politicians supporting Israel: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

Now, Omar has announced that she plans to join the African American-Jewish caucus. Yet, virtually in the same breath, she launched a rhetorical barrage designed to sink this ship before it even left port by smearing Zeldin as a racist. Zeldin has called out Omar for anti-Semitism, but has failed to motivate his fellow House members to denounce her by name.

Omar and her supporters claim to oppose anti-Semitism but refuse to acknowledge their anti-Zionist views are a form of anti-Semitism, as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a definition adopted by dozens of countries. Omar’s cure for Jew-hatred is akin to announcing a war on cancer but first insisting on removing a new deadly manifestation — anti-Zionism — from the symptoms of the disease.

Abraham Cooper And Harold Brackman, “Don’t let demagoguery derail new black-Jewish congressional alliance“, The Hill, June 21, 2019

John Cusack Repeats Omar’s Antisemitic Theme

It is a classic antisemitic theme — which most recently emerged from the hand of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who commented on American political support for Israel: “It’s about the Benjamins.”

As in the old saw about Jews and their economic power.

The actor has since deleted the tweet, and has admitted:

“Even if you don’t have [sic] antisemitic bone in your body, it is still an antisemitic cartoon…The use of the star, even if it depicts the state of Israel – committing human rights violations – when combined with anti Jewish tropes about power – is antisemitic & antisemitism has no place in any rational political dialoge [sic].”

Notice that in his apology, Cusack just had to say that Israel commits human rights violations.

Lest you forget.

At this point, I’m tempted to say that Cusack’s mind is “Grosse Point Blank.”

It wasn’t “serendipity” that he sent that tweet.

Like far too many on the cultural and political far left, he shows “high fidelity” to anti-Israel messages.

He might even sympathize with “the grifters” who think that the Jewish state would be “better off dead.”

At this point, he might want to consider  “being John Malkovich.”

Jeffrey Salkin, “John Cusack–Seriously?”, Religion News Service, June 20, 2019
This 2005 box-office bomb starred Diane Lane, John Cusack and Newfoundland dogs Molly and Mabel as “Mother Teresa”.

The Manner in Which Omar has Singled Out the Jewish State and American Jews Raises Concerns

Rep. Ilhan Omar is a Muslim woman who is highly educated and a trained lawyer. [GoodbyeIlhan editor’s note: Omar has a bachelor’s degree and has worked as a nutritionist but she is not a lawyer.] Articulate and with a commanding personal story, she knows how to garner media attention and to play the victim card, citing “Islamophobia” and racism when criticized. But she has also gone beyond the norm in espousing anti-Semitic stereotypes and then defending her positions and criticizing those who find her words hurtful and harmful.

Her quip, “It’s all about the Benjamins,” can’t be explained as anything other than a vulgar, mean-spirited attempt to cast Jews as buying power. Of course, she neglects to mention the powerful Muslim lobbies but that’s another story. She has tweeted “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awake the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” She has raised the ant-Semitic canard of dual loyalty which most Jews recognize as pure and evil anti-Semitism.

Of course, she has a perfect right to criticize Israel, but it is the manner in which she has singled out the Jewish state and American Jews that raises concerns in a Jewish community still reeling from the shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway. And Rabbi [Steven] Steinberg should know this when defending her.

Elaine Albom Braffman, Esq., “A misguided defense of congresswoman: Letter“, New Haven Register, June 20, 2019

Omar Employs “Livingstone Formulation” to Justify Her Antisemitic Comments

While Schakowsky said that there was a “genuine feeling” among “some of the people who were upset about what they heard as antisemitism,” Omar agreed but countered that there are also “a lot of very loud people who may not have a genuine concern.” 

In fact, the claim that Jews falsify or manufacture charges of antisemitism to shut down debate on Israel is yet another antisemitic trope. It’s so common, it has its own name, the Livingstone formulation. The Livingstone formulation makes an unfounded assumption that Jews are acting in bad faith. It then uses that assumption to justify avoiding the task of evaluating whether the statement that was the subject of the original complaint is in fact antisemitic.

When Omar deployed the Livingstone formulation on his show, however, Jones didn’t intervene. Throughout this portion of the interview, he never challenged her.

Karen Bekker, “CNN’S Van Jones Allows Congresswoman Omar To Deploy Yet Another Antisemitic Trope on His Show“, Camera, June 19, 2019
The “Livingstone Formulation” is named after former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who earlier this year told the “Labour Against the Witch-Hunt” organization that: “This is endemic if you have a genuine socialist leader who is going to transform things for ordinary people and make the bloody corporations pay their fair share of tax – they will do whatever is necessary to stop you. And that means lies and smears in most of the West. In other parts of the world it can mean assassination…It’s not anti-Semitic to hate the Jews of Israel” (Jerusalem Post, March 31, 2019).

Omar trotted out the Livingstone Formulation again during her June 15 appearance on Cleve Jones’s show on CNN. Omar defenders have repeatedly insisted that critics of Omar’s antisemitism are speaking in bad faith. Therefore, they reason, there is no need to oppose her remarks.