Ilhan Omar, a politician in America who now sits in Congress has been making headlines due to her anti-Semitic remarks. Now she has made ridiculous excuses for her remarks.
Omar was born in October 1981 in Somalia, a country in Africa located next to Ethiopia. After the start of the Somalia civil war, in 1991, she and her family fled to a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. In 1992, the Omar family entered the United States, where they sought asylum.
Omar is the first Somali American Legislator. In 2018, Omar declared she would run for the United States House of Representatives on behalf of Minnesota. After winning this election, she became the first woman of color to represent Minnesota.
In 2012, Omar tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” The tweet implied that Israel and its supporters were secretly tricking the world into supporting it. Later Omar apologized for this tweet.
In mid-February, Omar created another stir when she tweeted that support for Israel in the US Congress was “all about the Benjamins.” This suggests that the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC was buying off American politicians. This smacked of the well-worn conspiracy theory that Jewish financiers buy off American politicians, and led to Democratic leadership publicly condemning Omar’s comments.
Anti-Semitism in the US
Some Americans believe that Jews control the media, wall street and politics. In 2011, a survey was done by the ADL, Anti – Defamation League found that the recent world economic recession increased some antisemitism. When asked if Jews controlled Wall Street? Many answered ‘probably true.’
Nonetheless, the survey generally reported positive attitudes for most Americans. The majority of those surveyed expressed sentiments, such as 64% agreeing that Jews have contributed much to U.S. social culture.
Historically, anti-semitism has made its way into America in many areas. Henry Ford, was a known antisemite. Some thought President Roosevelt was also antisemitic after he refused to grant Jewish refugees entry into the US after they had fled Nazi Germany.
In recent years, many have found antisemitism on the rise. Not necessarily because of the hatred of the Jewish People, but because of the hatred towards Israel, the Jewish State.