It is no surprise that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mogadishu), who has been harshly criticized for her Jew-hatred, would disdain to attend Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s speech to Congress, which is scheduled for this Wednesday. When asked if she was going, Omar shot back a peremptory, contemptuous response: “No way in hell. I didn’t even know he was coming.” It’s noteworthy, however, that she doesn’t have the same burning hatred for some of the world’s most notorious aiders and enablers of jihad violence and Sharia oppression of women and religious minorities.
The prospect of Herzog addressing Congress apparently enraged Omar. On Wednesday evening, she took to Twitter to deliver an all-caps rant: “WE SHOULD NOT BE INVITING THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL—A GOVERNMENT WHO UNDER ITS CURRENT PRIME MINISTER BARRED THE FIRST TWO MUSLIM WOMEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS FROM VISITING THE COUNTRY—TO GIVE A JOINT ADDRESS TO CONGRESS.” Calming down a bit, she added: “Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s address comes on behalf of the most right wing government in Israel’s history, at a time when the government is openly promising to ‘crush’ Palestinian hopes of statehood—essentially putting a nail in the coffin of peace and a two-state solution.” Omar, of course, did not mention that the Palestinian Arabs have been offered a state numerous times, beginning in 1948, and always rejected the offer, as it was predicated upon accepting the existence of the Jewish state.
It’s no surprise that Omar would be disingenuous regarding Israel and the Palestinian jihad. This is the individual who tweeted back in 2012: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” The one who claimed that support for Israel in the United States was “all about the Benjamins baby,” and charged that the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee paid American politicians to support Israel.
Her rage over the alleged oppressiveness of the Israeli government does not carry over to opposition to actual tyrants. Benjamin Weingarten noted in the New York Post in 2020 that “in fall 2017, Omar, then a state representative, attended a closed meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. According to a report since deleted from a Somali-language periodical, Omar and the Islamist strongman discussed ‘issues involving Omar’s native Somalia and issues for Somalis in Minnesota. … The meeting ended with Erdogan asking Omar to voice her support for Turkey.’”
Weingarten points out that “a month later, Omar would take to Twitter to praise Turkey for providing airlifts for Somalis injured in a Mogadishu truck bombing.” He asks the questions that no one has ever asked Omar: “Why was this state representative meeting with the leader of an increasingly anti-American regime? With what authority was she negotiating Turkish-Somali relations or any foreign-relations matters?”
In July 2021, as the Taliban was poised to regain power in Afghanistan, Erdogan said that “Turkey has nothing that contradicts their beliefs.” Erdogan has also likened “Islamophobia,” a word that is used to refer both to vigilante attacks against innocent Muslims, which are never justified, and honest analysis of jihad terror, which is necessary, to a deadly virus. For her part, Omar has introduced a bill in Congress that would mandate the establishment of a State Department “Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia.” This would further erode the freedom of speech at a time when the Biden regime is fighting it with everything it’s got.
In a similar vein, in April 2022, Omar visited Pakistan and made a point of visiting the country’s just-replaced Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party proudly tweeted: “US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) called on @ImranKhanPTI in Bani Gala. They discussed Islamophobia & related issues. Ilhan Omar expressed her admiration for Imran Khan and his work for Muslims globally.” Khan has been criticized for calling for jihad and inciting violence in India.
Ilhan Omar thus seems to have no problem with global leaders who promote and approve of jihad violence. Israel is the singular object of her ire, which in light of the fact that she is a hijab-wearing, Sharia-adherent Muslim, is no surprise. The Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, calls Jews the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82) and contains an enormous number of other anti-Semitic passages. The Jews are said to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181) and claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64). They disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are portrayed as having a truly demonic desire to destroy people: they hide the truth and mislead people (3:78), wish evil upon people and trying to mislead them (2:109), and feel pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120). They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).
No one dares say that all this (and there is much more) is why Omar hates Israel so much. But what would she say, and what could she say, if she were asked what she thought of such passages?