Controversial Palestinian-American activist and leader of the Women’s March, Linda Sarsour, has doubled down in her defense of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D – Minn.), who has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism on several occasions.
On her Twitter account Wednesday, Sarsour shared a tweet from Electronic Intifada, saying, “Actual hate groups pose as anti-racists, while @IlhanMN, the first Black Muslim woman in Congress, is smeared and threatened because she is prepared to stand up to the Israeli apartheid lobby.”
Electronic Intifada is an anti-Semitic propaganda website dedicated to promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that seeks the destruction of the Jewish State. The tweet linked to an article on the organization’s website written by co-founder and activist Abu Abunimah, a leading advocate of the radical one-state solution.
The article shared by Sarsour claims that Omar had been victimized because of her ethnicity and religion. Omar, the author charged, had come under fire “for speaking about the outsize influence of the Israel lobby, and simply for being a Black Muslim woman.”
Instead of defending Omar, Abunimah asserted, the Democratic Party stigmatizes her over false accusations “of anti-Semitism for legitimate comments about the Israel lobby.” Elsewhere in the article, it says that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism is “promoted by the Israel lobby, deliberately conflates criticism of Israel and its racist Zionist ideology on the one hand, with hatred of Jews, on the other.”
The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism has, in fact, been adopted by no fewer than 17 governments.
Omar has sparked condemnation from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, as well as several Jewish organizations, for a series of anti-Semitic comments. The Congresswoman once famously claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”
Last week, Omar charged on Twitter that politicians in the United States were being forced to “pledge allegiance” to Israel and that the allegiance of American Jews is primarily with the Jewish State. In a separate incident, Omar replied on social media to a journalist wondering who the Congresswoman thought was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel by simply responding “AIPAC” (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
The Israel Project CEO and President Josh Block clarified in an interview with NPR at the time that AIPAC, “as an organization, does not make endorsements. It doesn’t contribute to campaigns. It doesn’t contribute to candidates – none of those things. In fact, it doesn’t even have a PAC.”
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