Ilhan Omar says she is accused of antisemitism because she's Muslim

"A lot of our Jewish colleagues, our constituents and allies go to thinking that everything we say about Israel is antisemitic."

March 1, 2019 02:14
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Ilhan Omar speaks in Washington, D.C.

Ilhan Omar speaks in Washington, D.C.. (photo credit: screenshot)


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Congresswoman Ihan Omar says Jews accuse her of antisemitism because she is Muslim.

Fellow Muslim Congresswoman Rashid Harbi Tlaib "and I are Muslim. A lot of our Jewish colleagues, our constituents and allies go to thinking that everything we say about Israel is antisemitic because we are Muslim. To me, it is something defined to end the debate,” Omar said earlier this week while speaking at a Progressive Issues Town Hall in Washington, D.C.
She said that she knows what intolerance looks like and is “sensitive when someone says “the words you used, Ilhan, are the sentiments of intolerance.

“I am cautious of that and pained by that,” she continued. “But it is as if every time we say something that is supposed to be about foreign policy or engagement or the efficacy of ending oppression or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity, we get labeled by something that end the discussion, because we end up defending that and no one gets to have the proper debate about what is happening in Palestine.”

Omar’s statements, which were made on February 27, come less than one month after Omar tweeted that pro-Israel groups were paying for political support in Washington. Her tweet was condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.

The video was filmed at the Washington event and posted on YouTube by the GOP War Room, which defines itself as the "official account for the Republican National Committee's War Room. Focusing on covering the Democrats’ scandals and hypocrisy, media commentary and Trump's accomplishments." 

The GOP War Room YouTube channel was launched in 2011.

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