In a move conservatives are certain to call hypocritical, “Squad” member Ilhan Omar retweeted a claim from Rep. Eric Swalwell that Anti-Semitism is on the rise and it’s being stoked by President Trump.
Ironically, no current member of Congress has been more reprimanded for anti-semitic tweets than Ilhan Omar herself.
Omar was widely condemned by both parties after claiming “Israel has hypnotized the world” and asking Allah to “awaken the people to help them see the evil doings of Israel” a tweet she has since deleted.
Appearing on Fox and Friends, NY Democrat and former assemblyman Dov Hikind put the blame for the rise in anti-semitism on Omar, not President Trump, saying “There is a cause for hate speech. When you have the Farakahns of the world, when you have members of the United States Congress – Tliab, Omar, AOC – when you have them indulging in hate speech themselves – and to get away with it. You know there’s a new standard, one is for anti-Semitism and one is for other types of hate.”
The Minnesota Democrat, along with her appointment to the Foreign Affairs Committee, drew the ire of House Republican leaders because of a 2012 tweet (that was also deleted), in which she accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world.” She then sparked more outrage with tweets criticizing the influence of pro-Israel lobbying groups.
On Feb. 10, journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted a link to an article in which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., threatened to take “action” against Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for the two new Muslim members of Congress’ criticisms of Israel. Greenwald said it was “stunning” how much American politicians defend Israel.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted in reply.
When another Twitter user asked the Somali-American congresswoman who she thought was paying those politicians, Omar tweeted, “AIPAC!” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is one of the largest pro-Israel lobbying organizations in the U.S.
Critics from across the political spectrum denounced Omar’s tweets for playing into old anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracies about Jewish people, money and political influence. Omar apologized unequivocally for the tweets in a statement the next day.
It was not immediately clear exactly when or why the tweets were taken down, but users on Twitter began to take notice on Sunday.
“Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is deleting her anti-Semitic tweets. But deleting tweets doesn’t change that she still supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement to boycott and delegitimize Israel,” tweeted Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, referencing Omar’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which is critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.