U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is apparently no fan of free speech which, given her radical left ideological leanings, perhaps comes as no surprise.
Through a staffer, the controversial ‘Squad’ member with a history of antisemitic statements claims that opposition political ads — which are a routine and traditional part of U.S. election discourse — are supposedly putting her life in danger.
Obviously, threats made to officeholders regardless of which side of the aisle they sit are wholly unacceptable.
On Twitter, Omar’s communications director Jeremy Slevin seemed to position his boss as a victim and included a screenshot of a death threat she received as if the latter and a legitimate, fundamental political disagreement bear similarities.
“The language AIPAC uses in paid ads to smear and vilify @IlhanMN is virtually identical to the language used in death threats she gets. Make no mistake: AIPAC is putting Rep. Omar’s life at risk with repeated Islamophobic attack ads,” he wrote.
AIPAC is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
The language AIPAC uses in paid ads to smear and vilify @IlhanMN is virtually identical to the language used in death threats she gets.
Make no mistake: AIPAC is putting Rep. Omar's life at risk with repeated Islamophobic attack ads. pic.twitter.com/Ehkn8qmW7p
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) August 11, 2021
The AIPAC message called out Omar for previously comparing Israel to the Hamas terrorist organization as well as the Taliban in the context of “unspeakable atrocities” in a dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
She also threw in the U.S. alleged war crimes for good measure. Omar subsequently walked back her comments to some degree.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 30, 2021
“For Ilhan Omar, there is no difference between America and the Taliban, between Israel and Hams, between democracies and terrorists. Tell Rep. Omar: condemn terrorists, not America,” AIPAC insisted in a Facebook ad.
In a tweet, AIPAC responded to Slevin’s allegations: “Your baseless attack on us can’t deflect from @Ilhan’s attack on America and Israel. It is outrageous for Rep. Omar to put the U.S. and Israel on the same level as the Taliban and Hamas. There is no moral equivalence between democratic allies and the terrorists who target them.”
Your baseless attack on us can't deflect from @Ilhan's attack on America and Israel.
It is outrageous for Rep. Omar to put the U.S. and Israel on the same level as the Taliban and Hamas.
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) August 11, 2021
“The ad concerning Representative Omar is completely fair and accurate,” AIPAC similarly told Fox News. “It is not a personal attack and highlights her outrageous statement putting the United States and Israel on the same level as the Taliban and Hamas.”
AIPAC also called out Omar’s equally radical colleague Rashida Tlaib, the Detroit-area Democrat congresswoman, for “inciting hate” against Israel.
So are we, Congresswoman.
Inciting hate by demonizing Israel and spreading vicious, dangerous lies about our democratic ally Israel doesn’t advance the prospects for peace. https://t.co/WzE5RM2gKx
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) August 11, 2021
Perhaps Omar and/or Tlaib are unaware that when responding to terrorist attacks, including the recent hostilities with Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces take extensive measures to minimize civilian casualties, which often includes putting their own soldiers at risk.
This policy is made even more challenging in that Israel’s terrorist foes typically use innocents, including children, as human shields for propaganda purposes.
A staunch U.S. ally, Israel is the only multi-cultural democracy — although at times a tumultuous one — in the Middle East.
Anti-Israel sentiment, which has unfortunately gained currency on the left in the U.S. and overseas and throughout international organizations such as the U.N., is often a proxy for antisemitism.
Many Twitters users are hardly buying the premise that Omar should be immune from criticism for her political beliefs. Here is a sampling.
This you? https://t.co/4MAZQXqLon
— Mr. Eph (@MrEph) August 12, 2021
The ad speaks of one specific person, not a group of people. It doesn’t mention her religion. Further, it’s based on actual quotes by Omar herself.
Claiming this is islamophobia is an attempt to silence critique against a politician who likes making ‘controversial’ statements
— It’s me! (@E35379683) August 11, 2021
What’s wrong with the ad? This is what she said, and she was even rebuked by several of her Democrat colleagues for saying it.
— TroyG (@tgour17) August 11, 2021
I suppose if she hadn’t actually done all of those things this would be slanderous, but you know she actually has said all of these things. So maybe she should condemn terrorists and stop attacking Jews, or calling America terrorists.
— Nathan Acreman (@NateAcreman1) August 11, 2021
These messages are not even close to being the same. Aipac is imploring your boss to differentiate between democracies and the Hamas terror group. What’s wrong with that?
— Avi Kaner (@AviKaner) August 11, 2021
So let me see if I understand this. If they quote her own words, it’s putting her at risk? I would think it’s her words that is the problem.
— Ben Bulben (@ben_bulben) August 11, 2021
I don’t like AIPAC but their add seems to be skewing something one person, Rep Omar, because of something she said. The other is threatening her because of who she is and where she was born and slandering a billion people who follow Islam. Not the same.
— Ron Marans רן מרנץ (@MaransRon) August 11, 2021
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