DELRAY BEACH: Minneapolis Congresswoman Ilhan Omar cannot stop herself. Despite making repeated anti-Semitic comments, Omar has escaped scrutiny in a Democrat Party that is becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews. While some politically liberal Jews offer the most tepid of criticisms, they lack the power to effectively stop Omar.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pretty much surrendered her enforcement capabilities to Omar and a few other boisterous freshmen members of Congress. Omar keeps insisting that she is engaging in legitimate policy criticisms and that her critics are Islamophobes.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Justifying her hate
Omar attempted to justify her behavior with a tirade disguised as a Washington Post column. Like most of Omar’s words, that printed screed was heavy on bigotry and light on facts.
After wasting a few words on the least important issue of our lifetime, Omar quickly pivoted from climate change to the Middle East. Her falsehoods came fast and furious.
“The founding of Israel 70 years ago was built on the Jewish people’s connection to their historical homeland, as well as the urgency of establishing a nation in the wake of the horror of the Holocaust and the centuries of anti-Semitic oppression leading up to it.”
Israel is the land of the Jews
This comment is at worst anti-Semitic bigotry and at best ignorant nonsense. Israel was not founded in 1948. Its origins are several thousand years old. The lands of Judea and Samaria were inhabited by the Jews. This is not religious theology. There is archeological evidence of their presence. The existence of the Jews in these lands is historical fact.
Omar prefers to try and counter facts with her own historical fiction.
“We must acknowledge that this is also the historical homeland of Palestinians.”
We must acknowledge nothing of the sort. There is zero historical or archeological evidence to support a Palestinian history because there is no Palestinian history. There is no such thing as a Palestinian. They are fictional invented people. The people falsely calling themselves Palestinians are refugees, but not Israeli refugees.
These refugees are Arabs. The Arabs living in the Gaza Strip are indigenous to Egypt. The Arabs living in the West Bank come from Jordan. The people calling themselves Palestinians are displaced Egyptian and Jordanian Arabs.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization did not exist until 1964.
Palestinians did not become a popular term until 1969, when the third PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat invented it. Arafat was Egyptian. The first PLO Chairman was Ahmad Shukeiri. He was born in Lebanon. His mother was Turkish.
Archeological, geographical and historical evidence proves the existence of the first Jew Abraham, the first Christian Jesus, and the first Muslim Mohammed. Try identifying the first Palestinian. It is difficult to trace a fictional heritage.
Omar is right when she says that these “people live in a state of permanent refugeehood and displacement.”
She is wrong geographically. They are refugees from Egypt and Jordan, not Israel. These displaced Arabs have zero cultural or historical lineage to Judea and Samaria. This is because they were never there.
Ilhan Omar the magician
Omar then engages in a clever sleight of hand.
“Working toward peace in the region also means holding everyone involved accountable for actions that undermine the path to peace — because, without justice, there can never be a lasting peace.”
Does Omar really wish to hold everyone accountable? Her column proves otherwise.
“When I criticize certain Israeli government actions in Gaza or settlements in the West Bank, it is because I believe these actions not only threaten the possibility of peace in the region — they also threaten the United States’ own national security interests.”
She does not mention Palestinian terrorism or its refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist. Omar does not mention the Hamas charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel or the madrassas (Arab schools) where children are taught that murdering Jews is a righteous act.
She does not mention teaching children songs such as “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”
Bigotry toward Jews, in Israel and America
That message and other messages of driving Jews into the sea is at the heart of Palestinian culture. Their existence has never been about creating a civilization. It has been about destroying one.
What she has mentioned before and after entering Congress has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with bigotry.
Omar publicly states that American Jews have dual loyalty to Israel. She claims that American support for Israel is about Jewish money rather than shared values.
Ilhan Omar attacked AIPAC in this vein, even though the A in AIPAC stands for “American” and AIPAC is a public affairs committee, not a political action committee.
On Twitter, she begged Allah to take care of the enemy Israel. Her comments are irrational and filthy.
Plenty of Muslims like and respect Jews as the People of the Book. Ilhan Omar is not a Muslim. Omar is an Islamist. She is not engaging in thoughtful policy critiques of Israel. Ilhan Omar centuries-old thoughtless Jew-hatred.
She is a Jew-hating bigot. No attempts at trying to rewrite history in the Washington Post will change that.