Biden’s Anti-Semitism Envoy Pick Said Rep. Omar's Israel Comments Traded In 'Anti-Semitic Tropes'
Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar asked about anti-Semitic tweet about Israel in which she claimed: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) January 28, 2019
“I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish-Americans." pic.twitter.com/Sqq7720zIE
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” said Omar.
“Sadly, I believe it is. Dual loyalties is part of the textbook accusations against Jews. They are cosmopolitans, globalists, not loyal to their country or fellow citizens.”
“She may think she is only criticising Israel and its policies but one cannot ignore the fact that she is relying on traditional anti-Semitic tropes to do so. What it suggests to me is that, at best, these people exist in a place where antisemitism is out in the ethosphere; they hear it, breath it in, and don’t even recognize it as antisemitism.”
“I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word 'hypnotise' and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive. It’s now apparent to me that I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive.”
Congratulations to our dear friend @DeborahLipstadt, who was just appointed U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) July 30, 2021
As a world renowned scholar of the Holocaust and antisemitism, she will surely excel in this critical role. pic.twitter.com/C2rPuO1PFB
I want to congratulate @DeborahLipstadt on her nomination as Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat #Antisemitism.— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) July 30, 2021
Dr. Lipstadt has dedicated her life to fighting antisemitism & preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and I look forward to working closely with her in her new role. pic.twitter.com/LjQD90wmfa
“I would say in the attacks we’re seeing on the press, the courts, academic institutions, elected officials and even, and most chillingly, the electoral process, that this deserves comparison,” she said at the time, referring to the JDCA ad.