ADL chief too quick to forgive Rep. Omar for antisemitic comment: ZOA

Head of ADL Jonathan Greenblatt slammed for saying 'hats off' to Omar, whom ZOA still considers to be pro-ISIS.

January 29, 2019 02:08
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DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL candidate Ilhan Omar takes a selfie with supporters after appearing at her

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL candidate Ilhan Omar takes a selfie with supporters after appearing at her election party. . (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Head of ADL Jonathan Greenblat was slammed for lauding a statement by Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar [Dem] in which she distanced herself from allegations of antisemitism, claiming in a Tweet from January 22 that she used an "antisemitic trope" unknowingly in 2012 when she said during a CNN interview that "Israel has hypnotized the world" to carry out "evil." 
"Hats off to Rep Omar for her honest apology," Greenblatt wrote, before saying she is committed to "a more just world." 

Omar never apologized for calling Israel “evil” and an “apartheid regime,” said the ZOA in a statement on Monday. "Rep. Omar lacks credibility and her weak words of 'apology' can’t be taken seriously. ... ZOA believes that it is a serious mistake for ADL/Greenblatt to accept Rep. Omar’s limited 'apology.'"
Hundreds called on Omar to resign when it became known she called on US District Judge Michael Davis to show "compassion" during a 2016 trial of Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS to fight and kill for radical Islamic values. 

Eventually all men were given a sentence of at least 15 years, the Daily Mail reported. 

This week, journalists and experts slammed Omar for her comments appearing to back Nicolás Maduro's regime in Venezuela and warning against a US backed coup in that country. 

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