Ilhan Omar:
anti-Semitic poster child.

Omar’s positions on Israel and Palestine have changed for political gain.

Now-deleted anti-Semitic tweet from Rep Omar’s Twitter.

During her House campaign, she did not support the BDS movement, describing it as “counterproductive to peace.” However, a week after winning the election, her campaign told Muslim Girl that she supports the BDS movement despite “reservations of the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

Omar was critical of the Israeli government during her time in the Minnesota legislature, referring to the country as “the apartheid Israeli regime,” recommending that the University of Minnesota divest from Israel bonds, and criticized a law intended to prohibit the BDS movement.

Omar compares Israel to an “Apartheid Regime”

Nancy Pelosi initially condemned – but then backtracked on Omar’s anti-Semitic statements

“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these comments.”

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Actions speak louder than words

In 2013, Ilhan Omar sat for an interview with a reporter who has referred to Israel as “Jewish ISIS” and compared the terrorist organization Hamas to Holocaust victims. During the interview Omar chuckled and joked with the interviewer about various terrorist groups including Hezbollah and Al Qaeda.

Ilhan Omar jokes around with a anti-Semitic reporter about terrorism

Omar has also claimed that because Israel is a Jewish state it is not a true democracy and has spoke at Hamas terror linked organization CAIR’s annual banquet, using the time to minimize the September 11th terror attacks.

Ilhan Omar Speaking at the CAIR banquet and goes on to downplay the 9/11 Attacks

In recent months, Representative Omar has used her soapbox in Congress to lobby for the release of Hoda Abdelmonem, a leader in the women’s wing of the Muslim brotherhood which is designated as a terrorist organization by multiple countries worldwide.

Ilhan Omar recently lobbied for the release of Muslim Brotherhood women’s leader Hoda Abdelmonem

Lesson NOT learned

In an attempt to educate Omar on anti-Semitic tropes and language, Jewish Community leaders in Minnesota met with her in 2018. The Jewish leaders left the meeting “very troubled by the answers received [and were] not convinced she was going to give a balanced approach to policy in the Middle East, and [were] not convinced … where her heart is on these [issues].”

Louis Farrakhan, the outspoken anti-Semite, is a strong supporter of Ilhan Omar who has yet to denounce him

Omar and BDS

After her flip flop on the issue, Omar has become a big supporter of the anti-Semitic BDS Movement. BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) seeks to delegitimize the very legal and legitimate state of Israel by controlling who it can and cannot do business with, taking away its right to self determination. The BDS movement singles out Israel in a thinly veiled anti-Semitic attempt to hold Israel accountable for “crimes” only perpetrated by the world’s only Jewish State.  

Ilhan Omar told members of a local Synagogue she opposed BDS before the election.

In 2010 President Barack Obama’s State Department put together a working definition of anti-Semitism that said attempts to “delegitimize Israel” and applying a “double standard for Israel” are both anti-Semitic. These are two goals for the BDS Movement and it must be stopped.

In response to House Resolution 246 – Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel- Ilhan Omar voiced strong opposition. She even sponsored a counter-resolution, House Resolution 496, affirming the Boycott of Israel, regardless of its hateful and anti-Semitic implications. All this despite initially campaigning for her seat in the house on an anti-BDS platform.

Take Action

Defeat Anti-Semitism and it’s members call on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to formally remove Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for repeatedly making Anti-Semitic Comments.