Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Sunday and retweeted a tweet that said “[Omar] might as well call [Jews] hook-nosed.”
Omar’s vile remarks came in response to a Haaretz report that stated that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was going to take action against anti-Semitic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Omar.
“If [Democrats] do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” McCarthy said. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”
Omar, who has promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that were used by Nazi Germany, said that the GOP’s support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby.”
An hour later, Omar promoted another anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, falsely stating that The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is paying American politicians “to be pro-Israel.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Omar then retweeted the following tweet that stated she “might as well call [American Jews] hook-nosed.”
“I’m one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel’s anti-democratic drift, and doesn’t regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity,” Politico magazine editor Joshua Zeitz tweeted. “And I know exactly what the congresswoman meant. She might as well call us hook-nosed.”
— Daniella Greenbaum Davis (@DGreenbaum) February 11, 2019
Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) slammed Omar in a statement on Sunday night over her anti-Semitism:
When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent. Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. But to go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable.
At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party – and in the United States of America – we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The Congresswoman’s statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.
Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. pic.twitter.com/u3f2JHESFA
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) February 11, 2019
Democrat Chelsea Clinton responded to Omar’s anti-Semitism by saying that she was going to talk to Omar about her “anti-Semitic language and tropes.”
“We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism,” Clinton tweeted.
Omar responded by suggesting that she was the victim of criticism over her blatant anti-Semitism.
“Chelsea – I would be happy to talk,” Omar tweeted. “We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith. I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you.”
👋🏽 Chelsea – I would be happy to talk. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith.
I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you. 💪🏽 https://t.co/EGA9NQfBCi
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
In an interview with CNN last week, Omar said it was “exciting” that her anti-Semitic views were sparking debate “finally able to have conversations that we weren’t really willing to.”
When Omar was pressed about her support for anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel she ran and refused to answer the question.
AIPAC responded to Omar’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, tweeting: “We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”
We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) February 11, 2019