Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, this week tweeted a vile comment, suggesting Israel’s supporters in Congress are beholden to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” she asserted. The tweet drew immediate gasps and ire from all political corners, deservedly, including her own party leadership.
The Anti-Defamation League responded, “At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and abroad, Rep. Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics. The notion that wealthy Jews are controlling the government is a longstanding anti-Semitic trope and one of the pillars of modern anti-Semitism….”
It wasn’t the first example of Omar’s willingness to traffic in these anti-Semitic themes. Just weeks ago she had to defend a 2012 tweet in which she claimed, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”