After Congressman Ilhan Omar was widely condemned for a string of tweets many deemed anti-Semitic, she claimed at a Washington event that she receives these accusations because she’s Muslim.
“A lot of our Jewish colleagues . . . think that everything we say about Israel is anti-Semitic because we are Muslim,” claimed freshman lawmaker Ilhan Omar at a “Progressive Issues Town Hall” in Washington, D.C., referring to herself and Palestinian-American congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
She then claimed people who point out anti-Semitism are just attempting to “end the debate,” a common accusation by anti-Israel mouthpieces when they are called out for mixing in tropes of Jew-hatred with criticism of the Jewish state.
Omar has been dogged by anti-Semitism accusations based on tweets in which she said that “evil Israel” had “hypnotiz[ed] the world,” that Israel is an “apartheid” state, and that pro-Israel voices in Congress are paid shills of AIPAC.
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