Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) defended a past anti-Semitic remark she made on Twitter in an interview with PBS on Tuesday, saying those were “the only words I could think about expressing at that moment.”
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” Omar tweeted in 2012.
“Can I just move on to something that’s generally a rite of passage for politicians in the United States, and that is to sort of profess a sort of fealty or at least pay homage to AIPAC, the pro-Israel PAC that is very, very prominent,” PBS’s Christiane Amanpour said. “Should Jewish Americans be worried about congresswoman Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib because of the BDS movement, because of one of the tweets you made a long time ago, you were part of a new wave of Democrats not afraid to be critical of the government of Israel.”
“During the 2012 military offensive in Gaza, you tweeted, ‘Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” Amanpour continued. “How do you put that into context now and what do you say to American Jews?”
“I remember when that was happening, watching tv and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war and that really, those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment,” Omar replied. “What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacky [sic] to particular people of faith.”
Omar then tried to justify her criticism of Israel by attacking another U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, saying that she also calls for action against them.
On her first day in office this year, Omar and fellow far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were photographed embracing “anti-Semite and alleged Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer Linda Sarsour” after they were sworn in.
Tlaib has not shied away from her anti-Semitic beliefs, as she recently promoted an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jewish members of Congress have a dual loyalty problem.
“They forgot what country they represent,” Tlaib tweeted. “This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”