Omar Retweets Statement Equating Her Israel Comments With Calling Jews ‘Hook-Nosed’
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar retweeted a criticism of one of her own tweets Sunday night accusing her of sharing an anti-Semitic trope as bad as calling Jewish people “hook-nosed.”
The criticism came after Omar accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of buying pro-Israel support from members of Congress in a post on Twitter, for which she received serious backlash on the social media platform.
A number of people weighed in on Omar’s claim. (RELATED: Rep. Omar Ignores Reporter’s Question About Why She Supports The BDS Movement)
Joshua Zeitz, a contributing editor at Politico Magazine, tweeted, “I’m one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel’s anti-democratic drift, and doesn’t regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity. And I know exactly what the congresswoman meant. She might as well call us hook-nosed.”
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 11, 2019
She then retweeted Zeitz despite the seemingly critical nature of his tweet.
Omar has made numerous statements critical of Israel, and some have accused her of toeing the line of anti-Semitism. She has acknowledged support for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement, implied that Israel is not a democracy, and has previously accused Israel of “[hypnotizing] the world,” although she has since somewhat apologized for it.
It remains unclear if she’ll face any consequences for the comments on Israel and Jewish people from Sunday.