Ilhan Omar tweet called anti-Semitic ‘dog whistle’; tennis great Martina Navratilova among critics

A Twitter message posted Saturday by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has revived accusations of anti-Semitism against the freshman congresswoman and member of the far-left “Squad.”

The remark posted ahead of Omar’s scheduled appearance at a CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) event in Washington, also drew a response from tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who accused Omar of “assigning labels.”


Omar’s defenders, however, claimed that charges of anti-Semitism against her were overblown and that Omar’s critics were “obsessed with every word Ilhan says or tweets.”

Early Saturday afternoon, Omar reacted to a news report that said businessman Leon Cooperman had decided to back billionaire Michael Bloomberg for president. Both men are billionaires and Jewish.

“I wonder why?” came Omar’s response, which included a “thinking” emoji.

 Soon, critics were reacting to Omar’s message.

“I suppose you think it’s all about the Benjamins,” wrote Michael Dickson, executive director of Stand with Us, a group that fights anti-Semitism. “We get your insinuation. True to form.”

“We get your insinuation. True to form.”

— Michael Dickson, executive director, Stand with Us

Michael Dickson
@michaeldickson
I suppose you think it’s all about the Benjamins? We get your insinuation. True to form. https://twitter.com/ilhanmn/status/1193223373922488320 …

Ilhan Omar
@IlhanMN
I wonder why? 🤔 https://twitter.com/cnbc/status/1192843028974755841 …

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“Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that ackshually [sic] she meant it was about the benjamins and not about religion,” Twitter user Josh Jordan wrote. “But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it.”

"Everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it.”

— Josh Jordan, Twitter commenter

Josh Jordan
@NumbersMuncher
Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that ackshually she meant it was about the benjamins and not about religion.

But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it. https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1193223373922488320 …

Ilhan Omar
@IlhanMN
I wonder why? 🤔 https://twitter.com/cnbc/status/1192843028974755841 …

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“Ilhan Omar doesn’t tweet alone,” observed Hen Mazzig, an Israeli-Jewish activist. “She has a media team who’s [sic] job is to prevent her from saying offensive things. Either she can’t find anyone that is knowledgable about Antisemitic dogwhistles, despite Jews begging her to educate herself, or that they know what she says hurts us.”


Hen Mazzig
@HenMazzig
Ilhan Omar doesn’t tweet alone. She has a media team who’s job is to prevent her from saying offensive things.

Either she can’t find anyone that is knowledgeable about Antisemitic dogwhistles, despite Jews begging her to educate herself, or that they know what she says hurts us.

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“Generalizing is wrong no matter which ‘group’ of people one talks about,” Navratilova wrote. “It’s about assigning labels and I hate that.”


Shannon Anderson
@abbo2
 · Nov 9, 2019
Replying to @Martina @IlhanMN
I looked up and I guess he is Jewish? I think Martina is overreacting. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Martina Navratilova
@Martina
Generalizing is wrong no matter which “group” of people one talks about. It’s about assigning labels and I hate that.

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Others, however, came to Omar’s defense.

“Oh for God’s sake, stop this ridiculousness,” wrote Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist and former leader of The Women’s March, who herself has been accused of anti-Semitism. “This obsession with every word Ilhan says or tweets is tired and it’s getting old.”

“This obsession with every word Ilhan says or tweets is tired and it’s getting old.”

— Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American activist
LINDA SARSOUR, OTHER LEADERS ACCUSED OF ANTI-SEMITISM PARTING WITH WOMEN'S MARCH


Linda Sarsour
@lsarsour
Oh for God’s sake, stop this ridiculousness. This obsession with every word Ilhan says or tweets is tired and it’s getting old. https://twitter.com/NumbersMuncher/status/1193242225733521408 …

Josh Jordan
@NumbersMuncher
Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that ackshually she meant it was about the benjamins and not about religion.

But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it. https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1193223373922488320 …

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“This latest effort to twist @IlhanMN’s words and impute anti-semitism to what’s obviously a pretty standard observation about billionaires sharing similar political views is outrageous,” wrote Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of Indivisible, a group of activist former congressional staffers. “It should be given no credence whatsoever.”


Leah Greenberg
@Leahgreenb
Extremely this. The latest effort to twist @IlhanMN's words and impute anti-semitism to what's obviously a pretty standard observation about billionaires sharing similar political views is outrageous. It should be given no credence whatsoever. https://twitter.com/dylanotes/status/1193287179021230080 …

Dylan Williams
@dylanotes
This is exactly the kind of bad-faith, weaponized accusation that has clouded and eroded understanding of the very real threat posed by anti-Semitism as it surges around us. It doesn’t make us safer (to say the least) and endangers those falsely accused. https://twitter.com/lahavharkov/status/1193245409692569600 …

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Others noted that Omar has endorsed a Jewish man, Sen. Bernie Sanders, for president.

Source: FoxNews

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