CNN Reporter Says Ilhan Omar ‘Angrily’ Responded When He Tried to Ask Question: ‘Are You Serious?’


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CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about her response to President Donald Trump today and apparently got an earful in response. Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have said her apology for tweets perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes was not adequate. POTUS said she should resign, while Pence said if she doesn’t she should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar responded to Trump in a tweet today saying, “You have trafficked in hate your whole life.” Raju tweeted this afternoon that he asked her about the back-and-forth, but both times he tried to ask a question she “angrily” responded:

Kevin McCarthy Asked About His Deleted Soros Tweet After Condemning Ilhan Omar on Fox News


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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had to answer for old charges of anti-semitism on Wednesday as he and other Republicans continue railing against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her controversial comments. In an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, McCarthy argued that Omar’s recent apology is not enough, and she ought to be pulled from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for saying Republican support for Israel is rooted in their financial backing by pro-Israeli groups. As McCarthy slammed Congressional Democrats for not taking further action against Omar, Harris brought up an old, deleted tweet of McCarthy’s that’s been getting a lot of renewed attention amid the Omar scandal. Back in 2018, McCarthy raised eyebrows when he accused three Jewish Democrat megadonors – George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer – of trying to “buy” the midterm elections. That message was posted while Steyer and Soros were being targeted Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Asked About His Deleted Soros Tweet After Condemning Ilhan Omar on Fox News"

Dem Leader Steny Hoyer Hints at Possible ‘Further Action’ Against Rep. Omar if No Change


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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) indicated possible “further action” against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Wednesday if she continues making anti-Semitic statements moving forward. He says only a “real test” based on actions will validate her apology. Per Fox News’ Chad Pergram: “Ms. Omar apologized. But the real test is actions going forward..we need to treat one another with respect.. if that doesn’t pan out, there could be further action.” Earlier this week the Democratic congressman expressed skepticism regarding Omar’s apology for controversial remarks she made about pro-Israel lobbyists. “Let’s see what happens. Apologies are nice but actions are better,” he told Continue reading "Dem Leader Steny Hoyer Hints at Possible ‘Further Action’ Against Rep. Omar if No Change"

Pence: If Ilhan Omar Doesn’t Resign, ‘At Minimum’ She Should Be Removed from Foreign Affairs Committee


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MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell spoke with Vice President Mike Pence in Poland about his tweet Tuesday night denouncing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Pence tweeted that Omar’s apology was insufficient and said, “Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.” Mitchell reported last night that Pence wants Omar removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She asked Pence about his tweet on Wednesday, saying, “Republicans were very slow to go and punish Congressman Steve King of Iowa, who is historically critical of Hispanic-Americans. And the President’s Muslim ban. Can Continue reading "Pence: If Ilhan Omar Doesn’t Resign, ‘At Minimum’ She Should Be Removed from Foreign Affairs Committee"

Trump Calls For Rep. Omar to Resign: Comments Were ‘Deep Seeded in Her Heart’


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President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign, over her controversial comments about Israel that were “deep seeded in her heart.” Omar apologized yesterday after eliciting outrage while mocking pro-Israel Jewish lobbyists for allegedly buying American allies with large sums of money — a common trope associated with anti-Semitism. That incident had led to other tweets from the Democratic congresswoman surfacing, one which accuses Israel of having “hypnotized the world” with “evil doings” and calls on “Allah” to expose them. The President called Omar’s apology “lame” while addressing the White House press pool Tuesday. “I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” he said. The criticism of Omar has been swift and bipartisan. Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) lined up to condemn Omar’s remarks.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Says She’s ‘Absolutely Not’ Worried About Losing Committee Assignments


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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D- MN) was condemned by Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes in her tweets yesterday. Omar posted an apology saying, “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.” “At the same time,” she added, “I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.” Congresswoman Omar was asked by a reporter tonight if she was “surprised by the criticism.” Omar responded, “Always surprised.” When asked if she’s concerned about losing committee Continue reading "Rep. Ilhan Omar Says She’s ‘Absolutely Not’ Worried About Losing Committee Assignments"

Linda Sarsour Attacks AIPAC in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar


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Pro-Palestine activist and Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour weighed in on the controversy over comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, in which the Minnesota Democrat mocked the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in tweets described by many as blatantly anti-Semitic. Sarsour has herself been the subject of similar accusations over her activism and, along with other members of the Women’s March leadership, the association with and support for anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. “I will not be silent in the face of attacks, harassment and targeted policing of speech from a Black Muslim woman elected official, our sister Ilhan Omar in the name of combatting antisemitism,” Sarsour wrote in her closing on Facebook. Most of the post was written as a defense of attacking AIPAC, without recognition of the specific tweet that prompted the most responses, including one from former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. In that tweet, Continue reading "Linda Sarsour Attacks AIPAC in Defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar"

Dem Rep. Deb Haaland Refuses to Condemn Rep. Omar’s New Israel Tweets: ‘I Don’t Have a Comment’


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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) refused to condemn fellow freshmen Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) latest tweets about Israel and support for the country in Congress, which have been labeled as being anti-Semitic, during her interview with CNN on Monday. “I say that, sure, it’s common knowledge that Republicans will — I mean, they do take campaign contributions from everything, everyone and every corporate PAC money and gas and oil industry money and all these things,” Haaland said. “I think that my colleague, she has decided not to take campaign contributions from some folks. Look, it’s not up to us to police what people say on Twitter, you know, with respect to that. I have never witnessed any of my colleagues promote or speak or, you know, Continue reading "Dem Rep. Deb Haaland Refuses to Condemn Rep. Omar’s New Israel Tweets: ‘I Don’t Have a Comment’"

Dem Congressman Comes to Rep. Omar’s Defense: I Wouldn’t Take Her Tweets as Anti-Semitic


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Democratic New York Congressman Dan Kildee came to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on her latest tweets about Jewish people’s influence over members of Congress.
“Well I haven’t seen those comments and obviously that’s not something I would agree with or associate myself with,” Kildee began. “I assume she’s using the vernacular saying it’s just about money.” CNN’s John Berman said that is the problem many people have with her tweets and can be seen as “veiled anti-semitism.” “I wouldn’t take it anti-semitism,” Kildee replied. “When it comes to issues around foreign policy or comes to issues specifically with Israel, there are a lot of interests, a lot of folks who make campaign contributions based on a person’s position on Israel,” adding people have to be Continue reading "Dem Congressman Comes to Rep. Omar’s Defense: I Wouldn’t Take Her Tweets as Anti-Semitic"

Obama’s Ambassador to Israel Calls Out Rep. Omar: She Tweeted a ‘Vile Anti-Semitic Trope’


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After Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted about how Jewish groups, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and their money buys the support of Republican members of Congress, the Israeli ambassador under President Barack Obama called her out Monday morning. “1. @IlhanMN’s outrageous comments equating politicians’ support for Israel with being bought off by American Jewish money are a vile anti-Semitic trope. They need to be condemned by all in our party,” Dan Shapiro tweeted in a thread.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Was ‘Sincerely Befuddled’ On Israeli Foreign Policy in Rare Admission of Being Underinfomed


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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized online for saying “Israel has hypnotized the world” to commit “evil,” adding she did not realize her sentiments would be offensive to Jews. “In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive,” the Democratic Congresswoman tweeted early Tuesday morning, agreeing with New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who had speculated earlier that “perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting” with her comments about Israel.

GOP State Sen Candidate Apologizes for Depicting Jewish Opponent Grasping Cash: ‘Hate Speech…Does Not Belong’ in Politics


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After sending out a flier depicting his Jewish opponent with fistfuls of cash, a GOP candidate for Connecticut state senate is now apologizing for the “heartbreaking” impact of the ad. The mailer, which targeted Ed Charamut’s Democratic challenger, Rep. Matt Lesser, quickly gained national attention as critics found the image of the grinning politico clutching wads of bills to be anti-Semitic. For that, Charamut issued a mea culpa. “We sincerely apologize to Matt Lesser, the Jewish Community and anyone who found the mailer to be anything other then a depiction of policy differences between the two candidates,” he told Mediaite Wednesday, despite having defended the mailer the day before. Charamut explained that while the ad was meant to highlight Lesser’s record, “it is clear now that the imagery could be interpreted as anti-Semitic, and for that we deeply apologize as hate speech of any kind does Continue reading "GOP State Sen Candidate Apologizes for Depicting Jewish Opponent Grasping Cash: ‘Hate Speech…Does Not Belong’ in Politics"

Al Jazeera Apologizes for Tweeting Anti-Semitic Meme About Climate Change


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Al Jazeera is apologizing to their Twitter followers after posting an anti-Semitic image on their English online page. The tweet had an anti-Jewish cartoon caricature giving commentary about the U.S. decision to leave the Paris Agreement this week. Though the tweet has been deleted, it was up long enough for people to take screenshots: Al Jazeera put out a statement on the matter, apologizing for the tweet: Washington Free Beacon spoke with a senior producer for Al Jazeera about the incident, and they explained that the anti-semitic meme came from a tweet directed towards the outlet back Continue reading "Al Jazeera Apologizes for Tweeting Anti-Semitic Meme About Climate Change"

‘We Will Stamp Out Prejudice’: Trump Blasts Anti-Jewish Threats During Memorial Ceremony


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President Donald Trump spoke at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance Ceremony today, and used his remarks to slam those perpetuating anti-Semitism and threats against the Jewish people. The Trump Administration has repeatedly faced blowback due to several instances where critics blasted the White House for not being particularly knowledgable or sympathetic about Jewish issues. In today’s remarks, Trump reiterated his pledge to support Israel, and recalled the horrors and suffering Jews experienced in the Holocaust. Eventually, Trump turned his ire towards Holocaust-deniers, saying they were “filled with total hate.” Trump also used his address to talk about those who have threatened Israel with destruction. “Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil, and we’ll never be silent,” Continue reading "‘We Will Stamp Out Prejudice’: Trump Blasts Anti-Jewish Threats During Memorial Ceremony"

Anti-Defamation League Notes Increase in Anti-Semitism Aimed at Jared Kushner in Past Week


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jared kushner The drama surrounding Ivanka Trump‘s husband Jared Kushner continues. Reports from last week indicated that Donald Trump‘s chief strategist Steve Bannon was not only fighting with fellow administration member Kushner, but was calling him names like “globalist” and “cuck.” As all of this was happening, Bannon was removed from his permanent seat on the National Security Council and his former website, Breitbart, began turning on Kushner. Bannon’s and Kushner’s views on American intervention are very different. Kushner’s views won out in the president’s decision to strike Syria last week. And in the wake of recent #FireKushner/#KeepBannon efforts, does it really surprise you that the Anti-Defamation League has noticed an uptick in anti-Semitic attacks on Kushner in the last week? They wrote this:
This campaign of anti-Semitism has been driven by white supremacists and anti-Semites and has all the hallmarks of classic Jewish conspiracy theories. The narratives Continue reading "Anti-Defamation League Notes Increase in Anti-Semitism Aimed at Jared Kushner in Past Week"

Canadian Mosque Faces Investigation After Imam Calls For Murder of Jews


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A Jewish group in Canada filed a police complaint against a mosque in Montreal after video surfaced of a Jordanian imam delivering a sermon there where he called for the slaying of Jews. A Thursday report from CBC disclosed that “the sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood on Dec. 23, 2016….The imam in the video is Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr.” B’nai Brith Canada filed the police complaint on March 20, 2017, according to its YouTube posting of an excerpt from the sermon (see above). CBC quoted the group’s regional director in Quebec, who decried the imam’s quoting of an Islamic hadith: “This is inciting violence, and this is inciting radicalization.” CNN’s Jake Tapper zeroed in on the channel’s reporting on the issue in a Friday re-Tweet (see screengrab below): Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 10.22.08 AM The Canadian broadcast outlet also noted that Continue reading "Canadian Mosque Faces Investigation After Imam Calls For Murder of Jews"

Synagogue Defaced With Graffiti Proclaiming the Holocaust ‘Fake History’


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Today, a local report out of Seattle indicates that there was a vandalism attack on a synagogue in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Seattle’s crime blotter said this:

Around 5 AM Friday morning, an SPD officer working off-duty in the area spotted a spray painted message, describing the Holocaust as “fake history”, on an exterior wall of the temple in the 1400 block of 16th Avenue.

“Fake history” is likely a play on “fake news” by Holocaust deniers. The term fake news rose to prominence after the 2016 presidential election when it was revealed that some writers had been profiting off of falsities posted on sites that looked like legitimate news sources. The term was then co-opted by people who wanted to disparage the media at large for reporting things they didn’t like.

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