Skip to main content

Omar target of racist poster amid new anti-semitism controversy

Omar — and her comments — are the subjects of serious strife at the moment.

Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again in political hot water over alleged anti-semitism.

For the second time in less than a month, her comments regarding Israel and its impact on American foreign policy are drawing fierce criticism from her fellow Democrats in Congress.

However, this latest controversy is being overshadowed somewhat by a confrontation over Omar — rather, over a poster featuring an image of Omar — that took place in the West Virginia state legislature on Friday.

Needless to say, both incidents have generated a great deal of press surrounding the freshman congresswoman, so we'll take a look at them separately:

Alleged anti-semitism

The comments in question actually stem from the first comments (more specifically, a couple of now-deleted tweets) that got her in trouble last month.

In those, she suggested that Republican support for the Israeli regime is fueled by money from pro-Israel groups, namely the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She also added that support for the Israeli government is "all about the Benjamins."

This past week, while at an event in a Washington, D.C., bookstore, she remarked, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is O.K. for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” the Hill reports.

Omar was referencing her previous controversial statements, with "foreign country" referring to Israel. It again implies some lawmakers are in the pocket of the U.S. ally. 

The Hill says she then went on to question "why it was acceptable for her to criticize the influence of the NRA" and other special interest groups "but not the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)."

Following the comments, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement condemning what he called a "vile ant-Semitic slur" on Omar's part:

Engel also says Omar's commentary calls into question the loyalty of "fellow American citizens because of their political views."

“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” the statement concluded.

According to Politico, "Republicans have been even more critical of (Omar)," with some saying she should be removed from her spot in the aforementioned Foreign Affairs Committee.

The Islamophobic poster

The poster, seen in the tweet below, appeared during an event at the West Virginia Capitol on Friday. It implies she's somehow linked to the 9/11 attacks:

The display, which was part of a local Republican Party-sponsored booth, "sparked a confrontation" that resulted in a physical injury and a resignation, USA Today reports. 

Omar herself acknowledged the incident on her Twitter account:

The tweet also references a piece of public vandalism reading "Assassinate Ilhan Omar," which was found in the bathroom of a Rogers, Minnesota, Holiday convenience store:

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-29 at 1.54.31 PM

Missing: Minnesota man last seen in Sioux Falls area

Aaron Pearson, 41, was reported missing on Thursday.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Protest for Tyre Nichols to be held outside MN Governor’s Mansion

Activists groups say they’ll call on Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to implement police reforms.

Pool

Minnesota pool contractor banned from industry, must pay $2 million-plus

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed suit against Charles Workman and his company, MN Crete Pools, LLC, in August.

Minneapolis police

St. Paul man identified as victim of north Minneapolis homicide

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue North on Wednesday.

ambulance

Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

Related

Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for allegedly anti-Semitic tweets

Comments she made regarding the role of money in pro-Israel lobbying have led to accusations of anti-semitism.

Rep. Tom Emmer

Rep. Tom Emmer accused of making anti-semitic comments

A report says it was sent in his capacity as GOP Congressional Committee chair.

Rep. Ilhan Omar and Antone Melton-Meaux

Reports: 'Right-leaning' PACs funding Ilhan Omar's primary challenger

Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux's campaign raised $1.5 million in May.

Trump, Pence join Ilhan Omar criticism, prompting cries of hypocrisy

The Minnesota senator has been under pressure over a tweet denounced as anti-Semitic.

Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson a 'racist fool' over Fox host's monologue

Carlson suggests America is "importing people from places ... antithetical to ours."

Ilhan_Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar facing rebuke by Democrats on House floor

Democrats are reportedly formulating a resolution following more claims of anti-Semitism.

Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses controversial tweet on 'The Daily Show'

The Minnesota congresswoman has come in for some criticism for previous social media posts.

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar pulls no punches in statement on Trump's COVID diagnosis

She said Trump and the GOP are "actively spreading a deadly virus."