Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has once again found herself in the headlines over her anti-Israel views, but this time the accusations she faces could pose a major public relations issue, at the very least.
According to Fox News, Brooke Goldstein, a human rights attorney and director of the Lawfare Project, slammed the Minnesota liberal over the weekend, claiming Omar is part of a growing wave of “systemic” anti-Semitism.
Omar, who has been in trouble in the past for her blatant anti-Semitic statements, is now under fire for accusing Jewish Americans of having “dual loyalty,” which is a common anti-Semitic attack that means “Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”
“The FBI has recently reported that Jewish people are three times more likely to experience a hate crime than any other ethnic group. That’s 2.6 times more likely than the Black community and 2.2 times more likely than the Muslim community,” Goldstein said.
Omar has made headlines several times in the past over her anti-Semitic remarks, including one especially egregious instance in 2019 when her remarks about Israel led to a House vote on the condemnation of anti-Semitism, as NBC News reported.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country… I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?” Omar said at the time, drawing intense criticism.
The Minnesota radical Democrat was also in hot water after she suggested Jewish politicians were buying support, tweeting, among other anti-Semitic lines, “it’s all about the Benjamins baby!” The comment eventually led to Omar apologizing after extreme backlash.
She also once compared Israel and the United States to the Taliban, as Fox News previously reported, which also led to public and congressional backlash, though Omar would ultimately go on to say she didn’t regret her statement.
Goldstein warned that there is currently a worldwide rise in anti-Semitic sentiment, pointing not only to U.S. politicians like Omar pushing such a disgusting narrative, but also to the fact that some foreign governments are throwing massive amounts of funding at universities to indoctrinate students to think that way.
“There are governments, foreign governments like Qatar, which is the second-largest sponsor of terrorism around the world that are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into our institutions of higher education – they’re not only indoctrinating towards Jew hatred, but they’re also indoctrinating towards anti-Americanism and anti-democracy,” Goldstein explained.
She added: “And the saying is – ‘Jews are the canary in the coal miners’ tunnel.’ So it is really important to focus on the rise of Jew-hatred because it is a symptom of further radicalization in the community at large.”
The human rights attorney went on to insist that the disturbing trend is “a civil rights issue of epic proportions.”