Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s apology over her 2012 anti-Semitic tweet begs the question: Should we believe her?
In November 2012, Ilhan Omar tweeted an opinion pulled directly from the conspiracy theories circling around the Jewish faith and people — conspiracy theories that through generations have allowed for dehumanization and barbaric violence against the Jewish people.
After winning her congressional race, the tweet surfaced again with reporters asking her what she meant by it, and adding that people were offended over her remark. This wasn’t the first time the tweet was brought to light. The issue was raised during the congressional race as well. She was fully aware of it and left it up without any remorse or reflection on her rhetoric.
Ilhan Omar had consistently been unapologetic about her hateful tweet, including up through January 17, 2019, when CNN’s hosts ask her about it once again. As the first interviewing on a new CNN series called Game Changers, hosts asked Ilhan Omar what her message was to Jewish Americans who found her tweet deeply offensive.
Ilhan Omar’s response was:
“Oh, that’s a really a regrettable way of expressing that. Um, I don’t know, um, how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans. My comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza war, um, and I’m clearly speaking about the way that the Israeli regime was conducting itself in that war.”
On January 21, 2019, The New York Times’ Bari Weiss wrote a stunning op-ed titled Ilhan Omar and the Myth of Jewish Hypnosis. The article went viral and it was a devastating strike against an unapologetic conspiracy-fueled, Jew-hating remark. That evening, Ilhan Omar’s apology finally came in the form of a tweet thread.
The question is, should we believe Ilhan Omar’s apology over an anti-Semitic tweet? The answer is, I can’t tell you what to think. I can only tell you of my experience as a Muslim reformer.
Ilhan Omar’s 2012 tweet reads like exactly out of the playbook of hate imams. These are imams and religious leaders who use a medieval Hadith (second-hand sayings about the life and times of the prophet) to justify that Jew-hatred and dehumanization of the Jewish people.
Hadiths are second hand sources (not primary religious texts like the Quran) that have made it on the same hierarchal playing field as the Quran through dogmatic reliance. Hadiths invoked by hate imams across the U.S. that call for an apocalyptic war with the Jews, and include passages that say even the natural world would turn against the Jew in the last hours.
This is as dehumanizing at it gets and there is absolutely no excuse for it, whether it’s coming out of any tier of religious texts or individuals. Ilhan Omar’s play of sticking with a grossly heinous tweet and playing innocent and confused at the justified horror over it is exactly what hate imams do.
Here’s what these Jew-hating religious leaders do:
In my experience with hate imams, they need to be removed. Period. They need to be removed because there is always a pattern of behavior in how they conduct themselves, as evidenced here.
The same pattern of behavior exists with Ilhan Omar:
Whether or not you believe her apology is sincere, I will quote one American who tweeted the following about Ilhan Omar: “You have a duty to be better informed.”
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