Ilhan Omar's Defenders
The usual suspects are rising to the defense of Ilan Omar and her anti-Semitism. From Emily Zanotti at the Daily Wire:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is getting support from anti-Semites across the political spectrum Monday, after tweeting about AIPAC's "influence" on the federal government: she's been lauded by David Duke from the far right, and is now receiving plaudits from from Linda Sarsour, the leader of the Women's March.
Linda Sarsour has had lots of practice in pretending to battle anti-Semitism while engaging in it. She likes to redefine it in order to suit her Jew-hating purposes. As she rants on Facebook:
AIPAC connects donors to campaigns and elected officials. Trying to argue that critiquing the role of AIPAC which let’s be clear is not a Jewish organization, many of its leaders and members are Christian Zionists - is antisemitic is ludicrous.
Antisemitism is REAL. Antisemitism can harm people as we see in hate crimes against visible Jewish Americans. Antisemitism can be lethal as we witnessed in the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Critiques of the State of Israel ARE NOT antisemitic. Calling out AIPAC is not antisemitic.
We have work to do to dismantle all forms of racism including antisemitism. We do that under the leadership of Jewish allies who have invested in education, relationship building not vilification and harassment.
While these are the high profile haters, if you spend any time on Twitter, you may have noticed that there are also numerous low profile haters.
Even worse though, are the high-profile haters at the New York Times. This is a newspaper with a nasty history of vilifying Israel and slanting their news reports to support that vilification. Take for example, Michelle Goldberg's NYT op-ed, "Ilhan Omar's Very Bad Tweets."
Consciously or not, Omar invoked a poisonous anti-Semitic narrative about Jews using their money to manipulate global affairs. This came just weeks after she’d had to apologize for a 2012 tweet in which she said that Israel had “hypnotized” the world, phrasing that also recalled old canards about occult Jewish power. Her words were a gift to Republicans, who seek to divide the Democrats over Israel, even as their president traffics in anti-Semitic imagery and stereotypes. The knives were out for Omar and she ran right into them.
Get it? Omar's sin was in empowering Republicans. In this story Jews are incidental to Goldberg. In addition, and unsurprisingly Goldberg offers sympathy to Omar and her anti-Semitism.
Omar herself has been subject to vicious Islamophobic smears, and has also come under attack for supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to use economic pressure to secure Palestinian rights. Perhaps such criticism is why she’s sometimes seemed unwilling or unable to distinguish between disingenuous political pile-ons and good-faith calls to respect Jewish sensitivities. But whether from carelessness or callousness, her weekend tweets damaged her political allies and squandered some of her own hard-won power.
As you can see, Goldberg also downplays the genocidal intentions of the Israel hating BDS movement. The haters are circling the wagons, offering lame excuses and dodges for the hatred they share with Omar.
Stay tuned. There will be more. Anti-Semitism has become acceptable once again. Soon, it will be required.
UPDATE: Hypocrisy alert: In spite of Omar's denunciation of AIPAC - oops! - I mean PACs, she's taken money from a few PACs herself, including $5,000 from Moveon.org and another $5,000 from CAIR.