Rep. Omar says she now regrets tweet about how ‘evil’ state of Israel ‘hypnotized the world’

After being called out in the New York Times for anti-Semitic views on Israel, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded by expressed regret over a 2012 tweet that claimed “Israel has hypnotized the world” while doing “evil.”

But the Somalia refugee who became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in November is also offended she has to expend so much energy putting her remarks in context instead of “disavowing the anti-semitic trope I unknowingly used.”

Omar responded on Twitter to a column from Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who was critical of the newly-elected Democrat just seated on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Her defense is she didn’t know Jews would be offended by being called “evil” people who have “hypnotized the world.”

“I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans,” Omar said in a recent CNN interview.

This sentiment was repeated in her reply to Weiss.

“Hi , You are correct when you say, “Perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting” 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,” Omar tweeted.

In a series of tweets, Omar argued her smear of Israel was not really anti-Semitic because she was commenting on the country’s military action in the Gaza War and not “a particular people of faith.”

(Approximately 75% of the Israeli population is Jewish and the country’s seen as a Jewish state in political circles.)

“That statement came in the context of the Gaza War. It’s now apparent to me that I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive,” she wrote.

“With that said, it is important to distinguish between criticizing a military action by a government and attacking a particular people of faith,” Omar added. “I will not shy away of criticism of any government when I see injustice —whether it be Saudi Arabia, Somalia, even our own government!”

The freshman lawmaker went on to say that as a survivor of war, she’ll always fight oppression, no matter who the victims are.

With no clear apology uttered for her remarks about Israel, she concluded by painting herself as the real victim here, making quite the error in her final words.

As a social media user noted: “Freudian slip? ‘To fight a more peaceful world?'”

Unfortunately for Omar, a follower doused her effort at rehabilitation in a single tweet: “Zionists have indeed hypnotized Western media and politicians. It is the perfect word to describe their propaganda.”

Tom Tillison

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