Ilhan Omar's Sob Story
Ilhan Omar is upset. It seems she keeps getting called out for being an anti-Semite. According to her, accusations that she and Rashida Tlaib are anti-Semitic are simply due to the fact that she and Tlaib are Muslims and her Jewish colleagues are using the "old anti-Semitism dodge" to shut down debate on Israel.
Rep. Omar elaborated that when she hears her Jewish constituents offer criticisms of Palestinians, she doesn’t automatically equate them as Islamophobic but is “fearful” that people are painting her as anti-Semitic because she is a Muslim. Omar continued, “What I’m fearful of — because Rashida and I are Muslim — that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim,” she explained.
“To me, it’s something that becomes designed to end the debate because you get in this space of – yes, I know what intolerance looks like and I’m sensitive when someone says, ‘The words you used Ilhan, are resemblance of intolerance.’ And I am cautious of that and I feel pained by that. But it’s almost as if, every single time we say something regardless of what it is we say…we get to be labeled something. And that ends the discussion. Because we end up defending that and nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine.”
It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that she has been loud and clear in her Jew-hatred, could it? No, of course not. It's, as it has been for millennia, the Jews' fault. And of course, there's nothing anti-Semitic about blaming one's own problems on the Jews. And I'm sure we Jews will tar her audience with the same charge - just to shut down debate.
The night was billed as a conversation on a wide array of progressive issues but it was questions on anti-Semitism and Israel that ignited the fiercest passions, from Reps. Tlaib and Omar and those in the audience. “It is about the Benjamins,” shouted one audience member to laughter and acclaim, referencing Rep. Omar’s now-deleted tweet linking Congressional support for Israel to Jewish influence and lobbying. To this, Reps. Omar and Tlaib both smiled along furtively.
I suppose that in order to placate Omar and Tlaib, we Jews should relearn our place? You know, return to the ghettos, be dhimmis, like in the olden days when Jews were accepted. Oh wait, we weren't accepted back then either. Jews were hated as much for being weak as we are for being strong. While we at MJAC prefer strength to weakness, it seems some Jews are willing to acquiesce to second class status.
On Wednesday night, the Michagan lawmaker thanked Jewish groups that support her. “I want to thank so many of our Jewish allies out there that stood up with me and they continue to stand up with us and tell the truth that this conversation and debate around human rights is for everyone,” she said.
In Tlaib and Omar's world, that would be human rights for everyone except Jews.
Omar has offered more clues about her true self. It's clear she's got a problem with Jews and with Israel. It's also clear that she and Tlaib have a lot of support. It's up to us to not let them get away with it. She needs to be called out at every expression of anti-Semitism. And we can't let her hide inside her hijab. No matter who it comes from, this hatred must be challenged.