Nancy Pelosi Accused of Supporting Democrat’s Anti-Jewish Campaign

Nancy Pelosi Accused of Supporting Democrat’s Anti-Jewish Campaign

Democratic House speaker remains silents over Ilhan Omar antisemitic comments

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accused of supporting the anti-Jewish campaign by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as she refuses to condemn the actions of the freshman Democrat.

In her latest antisemitic attack, Omar launched a new volley on Twitter Sunday, accusing a pro-Israel group of corruption by buying influence in Congress.

The newly elected progressive also caused outrage by referring to an offensive Jewish stereotype that even fellow critics of Israel found abhorrent.

Omar’s anti-Jewish tirade started early on Sunday when she retweeted a post by Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald, who has long been hostile to Israel.

According to Breitbart, Greenwald had criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his comments to Breitbart News and other outlets, accusing Democrats of double standards in their reluctance to punish Omar and other Democrats for antisemitic rhetoric when they had eagerly censured Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for racist language.

“Nancy Pelosi has not said a word,” McCarthy told Breitbart News on Saturday. 

“So that means she’s supportive of these actions” by Omar.

Last month, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promoted Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, despite controversy about Omar’s past antisemitic rhetoric and her radical anti-Israel foreign policy views.

McCarthy told Breitbart News: “If [Pelosi] does not do something, we will take action on the floor.”

Greenwald tweeted in response that it was “stunning” that McCarthy and Republicans were defending Israel:

Rep. Omar responded, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” suggesting that politicians had been paid to back Israel.

Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor at the left-wing Forward — which is generally critical of Israel — tweeted in response that Omar’s remark was antisemitic.

“That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted,” she said, the first being Omar’s 2012 tweet alleging that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”

Omar has acknowledged that the first tweet was offensive, but has refused to apologize for it, and has refused to delete it: it is still live as of this writing.

In response, Omar tweeted simply, “AIPAC!,” referring to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobby group that is closely associated with the American Jewish community.

However, AIPAC is not a political action committee (PAC), and does not donate to, or endorse, candidates.

The claim that AIPAC bribes Congress is a common antisemitic theme among extremists on both the left and the right.

Ungar-Sargon responded:

Other journalists on the left shared their shock and dismay at Omar’s tweet:

Politico contributing editor Joshua M. Seitz agreed with National Journal political reporter Josh Kraushaar that Omar’s statement was part of a “pattern” of antisemitic rhetoric.

Chelsea Clinton tweeted her condemnation of Omar’s rhetoric: “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”

Others were also livid:

At one point, Omar inadvertently retweeted a response by Zeitz in which he had declared: “She might as well call us hook-nosed.”

She later undid the retweet.

Omar later retweeted a supporter who claimed she was merely “accurately describing” the “Israel lobby”:

Not only was Omar’s description of how AIPAC works inaccurate, but the term “Israel lobby” is itself a loaded one, often used in conspiracy theories alleging undue Jewish influence over the U.S. government.

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