Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar has received her fair share of criticism over her open hatred for Israel. In 2012, the Muslim MN State Rep, who is now a freshman US Congresswoman, tweeted about Israel, asking “Allah” to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
On February 10, 2019, freshman lawmaker, Ilhan Omar found herself in some hot water when once again, the Muslim lawmaker was caught tweeting derogatory remarks about Jews, saying “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called her out for her anti-Israel remarks.
Her comments were seen by many as more anti-semitic rhetoric from the lawmaker. It’s not uncommon for anti-Semites to make reference to Jews and money. On May 1st, 2018, the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas blamed Jews for the Holocaust, claiming, Jews in Europe provoked the Holocaust because of their “social function” as money lenders. Omar’s tweet appears to be falling in lockstep with the controversial Palestinian leader.
The Intelligencer reports – After wide condemnation, Omar apologized. It seemed fair to read her tweet generously: Perhaps she was not familiar with the particular vein of anti-Semitism she happened to echo. Indeed, progressives often make crudely reductive statements about the influence of money in supporting policies they oppose (to wit: everything Bernie Sanders says), so it wasn’t necessarily anti-Semitic for Omar to extend that thinking to Jews. Her apparently sincere apology seemed to set to rest a minor offense.
But at an event last night, Omar went much farther, reports Laura Kelly. After an audience member shouted out, “It’s all about the Benjamins,” at which, according to Kelly’s reporting, she smiled. (Jeremy Slevin, Omar’s press secretary and strategist, denies she acknowledged that line from the audience.) Later she stated, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
This is much worse. Accusing Jews of “allegiance to a foreign country” is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system. Whether or not the foreign policy agenda endorsed by American supporters of Israel is wise or humane, it is a legitimate expression of their political rights as American citizens. To believe in a strong American alliance with Israel (or Canada, or the United Kingdom, or any other country) is not the same thing as giving one’s allegiance to that country. Omar is directly invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect, and their political participation must be contingent upon proving their patriotism.
Now, it’s being reported by Politico, that House Democratic leaders will put a resolution on the floor Wednesday in response to controversial remarks about Israel from Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats will take floor action Wednesday in response to controversial remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar about Israel, the second such rebuke of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in recent weeks.
Pelosi and other senior Democrats have drafted a resolution to address the controversy, which ballooned over the weekend following a public clash between Omar and senior Jewish lawmakers.
The resolution, which began circulating to members Monday night, comes after a backlash from top Democrats who accused Omar of anti-Semitism for referring to pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.”
The draft measure is four pages that largely details the history and recent rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. but does not specifically name Omar, which had been an internal dispute among Democrats.
Instead, it condemns the “myth of dual loyalty,” using the same language as top Democrats, like House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, who have condemned Omar in recent days.
If the House moves ahead with the vote on Wednesday as planned, it would be an unprecedented public rebuke of Omar, who was sworn into office just over 60 days ago. Omar’s office declined to comment about the Democratic resolution on Monday.
Yet these efforts by Pelosi and other Democratic leaders won’t be enough for Republicans, who want a more serious punishment for Omar.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other senior Republicans are considering offering a censure motion against Omar, according to GOP sources. Republicans may also formally demand that Democrats strip Omar of her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, a move that Pelosi and other senior Democrats won’t take at this point.
Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire tweeted about the list of incredible events having to do with Omar when she attempted to blame President Trump and the GOP for questioning her “Americaness.”
Ilhan Omar has:
-Blamed U.S. for Islamic terror attacks
-Laughed while talking about Al-Qaeda
-Called for ending DHS
-Advocated for leniency for men convicted of trying to join ISIS
-Voted in MN against ending terrorist life insurance payouts
Forgive America for being skeptical https://t.co/sT7HmRCEzn
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 4, 2019
Three days ago, Omar tweeted a photo of graffiti that was allegedly scribbled on a bathroom wall calling for her assassination.
Ignoring the tremendous amount of hate and vitriol she’s been spewing about President Trump, Omar took to Twitter to post a
No wonder why I am on the “Hitlist” of a domestic terrorist and “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” is written on my local gas stations.
Look no further, the GOP’s anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 1, 2019
According to the AP – The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are looking into a report of a threatening graffiti message directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
Omar retweeted a photo showing the words “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” that were posted to Instagram on Feb. 22. The Star Tribune reports the man who posted the photo wrote that he saw it written on a stall in the men’s room at a Holiday gas station in Minneapolis suburb of Rogers.
The FBI in Minneapolis said Sunday the agency is looking into it along with other agencies.