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March 14, 2019 6:00 am

The Antisemitism of Ilhan Omar

avatar by Harold Brackman


US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Photo: Reuters / Leah Millis / File.

Everyone should be skeptical of the Democrats’ new political theology against “all hate” — but not specifically antisemitism.

Their Congressional resolution fails to name, much less condemn, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her hateful, anti-Israel, and antisemitic tweets. She was not given even a slap on the wrist, because “progressive” Democrats consider her immune to criticism as an immigrant from Somalia who was elected to Congress as a Democrat far to the left of former president Barack Obama.

Pope Francis cautions against “the tyranny of relativism.” But to House Democrats, all prejudicial misdeeds are equal — except some are not as bad as others.

The House resolution identifies antisemitism not as a unique evil, but equates it with Islamophobia as forms of “hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States.”

We are also told that:

  • “Anti-Semitism is the centuries-old bigotry and form of racism faced by Jewish people simply because they are Jews” — but no recognition that “anti-Zionism” has become its modern face.
  • “Self-identified” right-wing bigots in Charlottesville “engaged in racist and anti-Semitic demonstrations” — but not that a Somali immigrant tried to run down two Jewish worshipers in Los Angeles without one word of outrage from Congresswoman Omar.
  • “Anti-Semitism includes blaming Jews as Jews when things go wrong … or making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotyped allegations about Jews” — but not one word against Muslim or other haters calling for the genocide of all Jewish Israelis.
  • “Scapegoating and targeting of Jews in the United States have persisted for many years, including by the Ku Klux Klan, the America First Committee, and by modern neo-Nazis” — but no mention of “progressive” fans of arch antisemite Louis Farrakhan.
  • “Jews are the targets of anti-Semitic violence at even higher rates in many other countries than they are in the United States” — but not that American Jews are almost four times as likely to be targets of hate crimes than American Muslims.

Finally, the House Resolution condemns hate in general by American “white supremacists … targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others.” Why no mention of the vandalizing of Lao-Buddhist Temples in Kansas? Also, why no recognition of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk equating “six million [who] died in concentration camps” with “six million broiler chickens [that] will die this year in slaughter houses?”

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. preached that all persecution is indivisible. But this did not prevent him from singling out for non-violent protest bigots like Alabama sheriff Bull Connor. Why are House Democrats afraid even to mention Congresswoman Omar?

It’s time to condemn this sinner against American tolerance — not to  camouflage her sins. One Democratic Congresswoman remarked that “there is no hierarchy of hurt.” Well, even in the 21st century, Hitler’s crimes cry out the loudest.

Harold Brackman is a long-time consultant for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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