On Tuesday morning, Newsweek debuted its latest and greatest vilest cover story. It is a true doozy.
The magazine tweeted, “NEW COVER STORY: How [Ilhan Omar] Is changing the conversation about Israel—and upending the 2020 campaign.”
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 9, 2019
“Ilhan Omar, The Democrats and Israel,” the cover reads over Omar’s visage.
The lead article itself is very lengthy, and seems to applaud Omar for her obstinate flirtations with age-old anti-Semitic tropes. Consider this excerpt — and, specifically, the seemingly laudatory tone of the concluding line:
For Republican leaders, Exhibit A was a 37-year-old Democratic freshman: Ilhan Omar, who, in just a few months, has become perhaps the most controversial member of the progressive caucus. One of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, Omar has attacked both harsh Israeli policies toward the Palestinians and AIPAC’s power in Washington, at times, using language easily regarded as anti-Semitic. “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted six weeks before the conference, breezily referring to $100 bills that AIPAC lobbyists spend to fund pro-Israel lawmakers. Omar apologized for that remark after a storm of accusations — including from Democratic leaders — that she was employing an old ethnic slur regarding Jews and money. Only two weeks later, after Omar questioned the fealty that American Jews show to Israel, her critics seized on her suggestion of dual loyalty as yet another anti-Jewish insult. This time, she refused to apologize.
The article, harrowingly, concludes by suggesting that Omar’s platform is supportive of the future of the Democratic Party: “to remain a viable candidate in the upcoming primaries, it will be vital for contenders to win the support of the Democratic base, which skews younger, more multiethnic and progressive — in short, Omar’s supporters.”
But Ilhan Omar, of course, has a long, noxious history of dabbling in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. In an op-ed in early March, here is how I described Omar’s insinuations of dual loyalty for Jewish Americans:
This is not even thinly veiled anti-Semitism — it is straight-up, unvarnished anti-Semitism. Insinuating that Jews are conflicted by “dual loyalty” is right up there with the infamous “blood libel” as the most deep-rooted of all centuries-long anti-Semitic canards.
In early February, The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra noted how Omar is but one of three freshman House Democrats who are all involved in the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party:
A trio of far-left Democrats are normalizing blatant anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party as leaders in the party idly stand by and refuse to condemn their actions and statements.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — all new members of Congress — have all defended anti-Semites or espoused anti-Semitic positions over the last several months. …
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Tlaib belong to Justice Democrats, a federal political action committee, which far-left Vox describes as “a left-wing group whose mission is to drag the Democratic Party left by making life miserable for incumbents … threatening them with progressive primary challengers.”
Many on Twitter today reacted accordingly to Newsweek’s article.
“[B]eginning to suspect the Jews do not in fact control the media,” tweeted Alex Griswold of The Washington Free Beacon.
beginning to suspect the Jews do not in fact control the media https://t.co/ldf3h3qAqp
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 9, 2019
“No. She just allowed them to be honest about their antisemitism,” tweeted Chad Felix Greene of The Federalist.
She just allowed them to be honest about their antisemitism. https://t.co/0qDqDWTiic
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 9, 2019
“Yeah changing it to how anti-Semites often hide behind criticism of Israel,” tweeted popular conservative account “Neontaster.”
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 9, 2019
“How Ralph Northam is changing the conversation about Halloween costumes,” snarkily commented popular account “Comfortably Smug.”
How Ralph Northam is changing the conversation about Halloween costumes https://t.co/pWnB11mpgn
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) April 9, 2019
“This is how you normalize anti-Semitism and Jew hatred. Not shocking coming from @newsweek,” tweeted Seattle-based radio host Jason Rantz.
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 9, 2019