U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota (Official portrait)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota (Official portrait)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Muslim newcomer to Congress, was widely condemned by fellow Democrats this week, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for anti-Semitic remarks.

President Trump has called on her to resign or be barred from serving on congressional committees, saying, “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress.”

She issued a qualified apology Monday for evoking the old trope that congressional support for Israel is due to lawmakers being bought off by wealthy Jews.

But Breaking Israel News reported Tuesday she is scheduled to speak alongside a notorious, anti-Semitic Muslim leader.

Islamic Relief USA operations manager Yousef Abdallah was widely criticized in 2017 after the Middle East Forum found that he had expressed violently anti-Semitic ideas on his social-media accounts, Breaking Israel News said.

The report said Abdallah praised as “very beautiful” a Palestinian folk story about a resistance hero named Zharif al-Tawl.

Tawl “took revenge against Jewish ‘gangs’ that had purportedly attacked a Palestinian village by providing guns to ‘kill more than 20 Jews’ and ‘fire rockets at Tel Aviv.'”

The report said other Abdallah posts referred to Jews as “stinking” and claimed that “the Jews put the outside wall of Al Aqsa [mosque in Jerusalem] on fire.”

In 2014, after Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized for referring to the West Bank and Gaza as ‘occupied,’ Abdallah wrote: “Christie kneels down on his knees before the Jewish lords and says ‘I am sorry.’ Only money makes stuff like this happen. Mr. Christie. Muslims should remember this very well.”

Omar, who already had a history of anti-Semitic statements, stirred controversy Sunday when she tweeted that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and others were paying off Congress to defend Israel.

One tweet was a response to a tweet from reporter Glenn Greenwald criticizing Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for threatening “punishment” for Omar and fellow freshman Muslim Rep. Rashaida Tlaib, D-Mich., “over their criticisms of Israel.”

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar wrote, followed by a musical notes emoji.

The other was a re-tweet of a Jewish writer who said that while he’s not a defender of Israel, her “Benjamins” tweet was akin to calling “us hook-nosed.”

 

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