David Duke Defends Ilhan Omar From Anti-Semitism Accusations

12 February, 2019, 04:14 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally answered the calls of those concerned about anti-Semitism and issued a public condemnation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) for tweeting "anti-Semitic tropes", but some want more to be done.

Omar had initially said she didn't understand why American Jews would be offended by the statement, which critics argued evoked ugly Nazi conspiracies about Jewish people's power to "hypnotize" the world.

Separately the Anti-Defamation League, an outside group formed to fight hate speech and anti-Semitism, called on top House leaders to take immediate action to condemn Rep. Omar's recent comments, citing a tweet where she suggested politicians were being influenced by donations from Jewish groups.

Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to apologize for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories over the weekend in a statement released on Monday and ended up promoting her anti-Semitic views even more.

Pelosi tweeted she had spoken to Omar on Monday, and said the two "agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

"We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity", she continued.

The tweet appeared to suggest McCarthy's pro-Israel stance is motivated by money.

"When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent", he wrote, adding: "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough".

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Omar's unusually outspoken criticism of the pro-Israel lobby has rattled some of her Democratic colleagues.

No one should invoke anti-Semitic tropes during policy disagreements. "There is absolutely no place for this rhetoric in Congress - or anywhere".

The backlash built to the point that Democratic leaders went on record criticizing Omar, something they had thus far been reluctant to do since she, Tlaib, and fellow newcomer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were sworn into office in January. She has also claimed to be the victim of GOP attacks seeking to misrepresent her position on Israel as anti-Semitic.

Omar's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. The leadership also understands that a critical mass of Democratic activists has bought into bogus intersectional theories that falsely link the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. to the Palestinian war against Israel's right to exist. Both have been vocal advocates for Palestinians and support the "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" (or BDS) movement to punish Israel economically.

Omar, reported Breitbart, has acknowledged the tweet is offensive but has refused to apologize or delete it.

"Listening and learning, but standing strong", Omar wrote on a post. "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", Mr Rose said.

Omar, 36, acknowledged the criticism in her Twitter message on Monday.

Max Rose, who won a tight race in NY, said the Democratic Party and the USA should be a place where "we celebrate the diversity of our people".

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