Trope or Truth? Omar Attacked for Criticizing AIPAC

Trope or Truth? Omar Attacked for Criticizing AIPAC

On Sunday, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar had the following exchanges on Twitter:

Predictably, this legitimate critique of Jewish influence on American foreign policy backfired. On Monday she was forced to apologize after receiving a bipartisan rebuke from Congress. She received a massive tide of criticism on social media as well.

Among those condemning Omar was Chuck Schumer. Chuck was absolutely shocked that anyone would suggest AIPAC works to further Israeli foreign policy goals or that American Jews have an allegiance to Israel.

That’s the same Chuck Schumer who gave this speech to AIPAC in 2010:

The Democrats have condemned Omar, but haven’t indicated any further action. Republicans want to do more. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney called for Omar to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Scalise tweeted this statement:

In a statement, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “Republicans will take action this week to ensure the House speaks out against this hatred and stands with Israel and the Jewish people.”

If Omar’s comments about Jewish power really are an “anti-Semitic trope” as her detractors claim, then where did the powerful force that attacked her come from?

The fact that she was attacked so viciously and forced to apologize proves she was right. She became a victim of the very thing she was criticizing. As is always the case in these situations, someone points out Jewish power, then gets mobbed by powerful Jews and their golem, then gives an apology and claims there is no such thing as Jewish power. The mindset of Jews remains the same: “How many lives do we have to destroy before people stop saying we have inordinate power!”

When they say “anti-Semitic trope,” what they really mean is “anti-Semitic truth.” The fact that it is true is the reason it can’t be said. There is a reason things like Jewish control over American foreign policy and the media have become tropes. People have been repeating it for years because it is true. They try to use the fact that these things have been common knowledge for centuries as a reason to discredit them—hence the term “anti-Semitic trope.” People from all over the world all throughout history did not reach the same conclusions out of mere coincidence.

Wikipedia has a collection of “anti-Semitic canards.” Few, if any, are false. More accurately, it is a list of things Jews do that they don’t want you to know about.

Omar violated protocol by pointing out the fact of Jewish control over American foreign policy. She’s being punished, not for a trope, but for the truth.

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