Ilhan Omar Says She’s Been Accused of Anti-Semitism ‘Because I’m Muslim’

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) is now suggesting that she’s been accused of anti-Semitism “because I’m Muslim.”

As was widely reported, Omar faced significant backlash earlier this month after she suggested that Jewish money is influencing bipartisan support of Israel—a variation of a common anti-Semitic trope. She eventually issued an apology, called “lame” by the president, but is now claiming she was criticized for her comments because she’s Muslim.

“But I think the theme here is because I’m Muslim. You know, there have been many members within journalism, within politics, within all kinds of aspects of our society who have spoken about the kind of influence that AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] has on Congress and on our foreign policy. No one calls them anti-Semitic because they are Jewish but when it comes to someone like me, even the slight mention of them…,” she said before being cut off in an interview on the The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast.

She then repeated those claims during a Wednesday town hall at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) and other progressive colleagues.

“What I am fearful of is that 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 said.

During that event, she also compared President Donald Trump’s election to the current crisis surrounding Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Venezuela, according to footage obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

“If we are for the advancement of democracy, what does this country’s Constitution actually call for? You can’t be in the business of recognizing a country’s new leader when you would not allow that for yourself,” she said, noting that “none of us are happy with the kind of president we have.”

“Now if a foreign country just said, ‘Well, we think because Hillary got lots of votes, we’re just going to acknowledge Hillary as the leader of the United States,’ we would have a problem with that,” she continued. “Fortunately or unfortunately, that it what our Constitution says. We govern within the Constitution, so we should be in the business of allowing people to govern within their Constitution.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Ilhan Omar” by Ilhan Omar. Background Photo “Ilhan Omar” by Ronna McDaniel. 











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6 Thoughts to “Ilhan Omar Says She’s Been Accused of Anti-Semitism ‘Because I’m Muslim’”

  1. Stacy Gregory

    NO…you are called antisemitic because of the things you say!!!

  2. Baconator

    It’s what you have said and who you follow that makes you Jewish-phobic.

  3. Wolf Woman

    Omar is a good Muslim. Good Muslims follow the doctrine of Islam which is based on the Koran and the words and deeds of Mohammed, and is very clear about Jew hatred. Below are verses from the Koran:

    Allah hath cursed them [the Jews] for their disbelief. Koran, Surah IV, v. 46

    They [the Jews] will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts conceal. Koran, Sura III, v. 117-120

    O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends. Koran, Sura V, v. 51

    The most vehement of mankind in hostility [are] the Jews and the idolators. Koran, Surah V, v. 82

    Fight against such of those [Jews and Christians] … until they pay for the tribute readily, being brought low. Koran, Sura IX, v. 29

    Allah fighteth against them [the Jews]. How perverse they are! Koran, Sura IX, v. 30

    They [the Jews] spread evil in the land …. Koran, Sura V, v. 62-66

    [The Jews] knowingly perverted [the word of Allah], know of nothing except lies … commit evil and become engrossed in sin. Koran, Sura II, v. 71-85

    1. TNinfidel

      Excellent post, Wolf Woman. Muhammad’s Islam hates Jews. Jew hatred is in the Quran, sira, and hadith.

      1. Eric

        Your both trash, garbage. Blatant anti semites. Spew your lies and hatred.

  4. Steve Allen

    Identity politics at its best…’s not what said it’s who I am. Sad, very sad.