Rep. Ilhan Omar had a big first full week of January this year. On Tuesday, the freshman Democrat from Minneosta was elected Stopantisemitism.org’s anti-Semite of the year for 2019. On Thursday, she demonstrated that she wasn’t going to rest on laurels and took her first steps toward winning the title again in 2020 by trying to explain why she slammed President Trumps sanctions on Iran while supported sanctions via the BDS movement on Israel.
Omar won her “Anti-Semite of the Year” over two other finalists — white supremacist Richard Spencer NS Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
“Anti-Semitism is plaguing our nation, and it’s about time we create real consequences for those spreading it,” said StopAntisemitism.org’s Liora Rez. “By exposing bigots like Rep. Ilhan Omar, we are ensuring that the public is alert and able to take action.
StopAntisemitism.org also features an “Anti-Semite of the Week” on its website and social media platforms to expose Jew-haters in all facets of society, and ensure they are held accountable
On Wednesday, Trump gave a televised speech to the nation. Because no Americans were killed, he promised a measured response to the missiles sent by Iran toward airbases in Iraq where American military personnel was housed. Part of that measured response is a new set of sanctions on the rogue Iranian regime.
Omar slammed Trump for promising to add more sanctions on Iran. She issued a tweet saying, “This makes no sense. Sanctions are economic warfare. They have already caused medical shortages and countless deaths in Iran. You cannot claim to want deescalation and then announce new sanctions with no clear goal. This is not a measured response!”
On Thursday, Omar lied in a feeble attempt to explain how she could support the anti-Semitic BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement) against Israel while opposing President Trump’s sanctions on Iran. Maybe her joy in winning the anti-Semite of the year made her a bit dizzy, and she didn’t realize the “S” in BDS stands for sanctions. Or maybe it’s because BDS is an anti-Semitic movement, and she is an award-winning hater of Jews.
Julio Rosas of TownHall.com approached Omar as she was leaving an anti-war protest outside the Capitol building. He asked Omar why BDS is good but the Iran sanctions were terrible. Omar got all tied up in her underwear as she tried to answer. Her feeble answer caught on video was this: “The BDS movement is a movement that is driven by the people, the sanctions on Iran are sanctions that are being placed to create maximum pressure by a government. That’s very different.”
But Omar is part of the government; is she saying that she’s not a person? Even anti-Semites are people, not what I would classify as good people but people nevertheless. As far as the BDS movement goes, Omar is correct — people drive it, but only a specific kind of people, those like Omar who hate Jews and Israel.
The hypocritical Omar not only personally supports the BDS movement but in July introduced a resolution to get the entire House to support the BDS movement. In an interview with the U.S. based Arab news site Al-Monitor, she explained, “We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting. And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
Right to boycott? Is it right to boycott a country because of its faith? Or skin color? What if someone wanted to boycott any business owned by African-Americans? Or Muslims? Should people boycott Saudi Arabia because it is primarily Sunny Muslim? Or Lebanon because it’s Shia? Maybe we should never go to Brazil because the majority of its citizens are Catholic. But Omar introduced a bill that boycotted the Jewish State based on hatred of the Jewish people. Thankfully it failed
BDS acts as a front for anti-Semitic hate groups and terrorists who seek nothing less than to delegitimize Israel. Their goals deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination and destruction of the State of Israel because it is a Jewish State. The BDS movement also promotes hatred toward all Jews globally. BDS is simply anti-Semitism wearing a mask.
On Sept. 24, 2019, the United Nations, an entity with a well-documented history of bias against the Jewish State, released an unprecedented report on the worldwide spread of anti-Semitism. The U.N. acknowledged that anti-Semitism is growing around the world, wearing one of three faces: on the far left, the far right, and among radical Islamists. In the report, the U.N. recognizes for the first time that “the objectives, activities, and effects of the BDS movement are fundamentally anti-Semitic.” Pope Francis agrees, declaring, “Whoever does not recognize the Jewish People and the State of Israel falls in anti-Semitism.”
President Trump sanctioned Iran because it is a country that attacked the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killed over 600 Americans, sent missiles toward our troops in Iraq, kidnapped U.S. sailors the day that President Obama was delivering the SOTU address, and more. He sanctioned Iran because it wants to go nuclear to fight America (or as they call us, the Great Satan) and Israel (the little Satan).
The truth is that Omar believes sanctions based on anti-Semitism are good. On the other hand, sanctions designed to protect the United States against a rogue regime that regularly chants “Death to America” are a terrible thing.
Perhaps she is trying to win StopAntisemitism.org’s anti-Semite of the year in 2020 also.