Omar’s tenure in Congress is a never-ending exercise in convincing liberals who have given him the benefit of the doubt in previous controversies that he may not be as well-intentioned as they thought. As an example, a reporter for the staunchly left-wing Raw Story site saw the clip below yesterday and declared“That’s right. I can’t defend her. I’m out. Her main rival will have my support next year.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, has also dealt lightly with Omar in the past. Yesterday was different. Where does she come from accusing her colleagues, especially Jewish colleagues, of being less committed to “justice” than she is?
To accuse Jewish members of not being involved in “justice” is to ignore their background, and is especially offensive when it comes to an effort to distract themselves from their own. #antisemitic statements. Representative Omar must lead responsibly, not with denial, definitely without blaming the victim. pic.twitter.com/qNtSmR41Vy
– Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) June 30, 2021
“Omar’s comments are based on classic anti-Semitic themes about the Jewish clan, the notion that Jews only take care of themselves. They are also clearly false, ”said Avi Mayer of the American Jewish Committee. tweeted. “Jewish lawmakers have been on the front lines, fighting for human rights in the United States and around the world.” Right, but when Omar refers to “seeking justice around the world”, he is not referring to fighting for human rights worldwide. It means supporting the Palestinians and Hamas against Israel, the cause that trumps all other international causes for the leftists. If Omar cared about justice around the world in the abstract, he would have more to say about the genocide of Uighurs in China or the internal human rights abuses by Islamic governments.
Remember that despite all her claims to be more enlightened about injustices abroad than the average legislator, she voted present on the House resolution condemning the Armenian genocide of the Ottomans. Her criticism that her colleagues tend to be selective about what international abuses bother them and what doesn’t apply to her as much, if not more.
In keeping with tradition, he released a damage control statement after the fact to try to clean up the latest mess he caused at his caucus. tweeting on Jewish Contributions to the Fight for Black Civil Rights in America. That should shore up your credit with your colleagues for a while before the next controversy inevitably alienates some of them.
I leave you with this recent exchange between Axios reporter Jonathan Swan and Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, as recalled by Omar’s comments on “seeking justice around the world.” Like her, Khan has a lot to say about Western Islamophobia and, interestingly, little to say about much more serious forms that are practiced elsewhere. However, unlike Omar, I think Khan’s silence has been bought; His country’s strategic relationship with China is too important for him to say much publicly about the fate of the Uighurs. In Omar’s case, I think she is simply too consumed by “colonialism” in Gaza to care much about the concentration camps in Xinjiang.