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One of the nation’s two Muslim congresswomen is already under fire after facing questions about anti-Semitism, but she isn’t doing herself any favors with her behavior on social media.
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota recently made headlines after House rules were changed to permit her to wear an Islamic headscarf in Congress. But she is now facing a growing backlash for repeatedly making anti-Israel and anti-Jewish remarks.
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Even Democrats are now scolding Omar and distancing themselves from her after that pattern continued. One of the most egregious anti-Semitic actions from the liberal lawmaker was when she recently retweeted and seemed to endorse the racist term “hook-nosed” to refer to the Jewish people.
“I’m one of those American Jews who … laments Israel’s anti-democratic drift,” posted liberal author and journalist Joshua Zeitz on Twitter.
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However, Zeitz took exception to an Omar tweet that implied some lawmakers are supporting Israel because of campaign donations from pro-Israel groups.
“And I knew exactly what the congresswoman meant,” he wrote on Twitter, calling out Omar for past statements that appeared to parrot anti-Jewish stereotypes.
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“She might as well call us hook-nosed,” he wrote, implying that Omar was being just as racist as cartoon stereotypes that mocked Jews as large-nosed money grabbers.
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Incredibly, Omar retweeted Zeitz’ message, apparently oblivious to the fact that Zeitz was using the example to condemn her own cluelessness. It was the social media equivalent of enthusiastically clapping for someone calling you racist.
She later deleted the retweet, according to Fox News, but by then the damage had been done.
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