On Monday February 11th, sharia-adherent Congresswoman Ilhan Omar publicly acknowledged her anti-Semitic comments, but stood by her criticisms of Israel.
The real question is: “Why is anyone surprised a sharia-adherent muslim hates Jews?”
The Koran, which according to Islam contains the uncreated words of Islam’s god Allah, reveals a systemic hatred for Jews.
“For them (Jews) in this world is disgrace, and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment” (5:41)
The most authoritative report about what Islam’s prophet Mohammad said records: “The Prophet said, ‘The hour of judgment will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.’” (Bukhari 2926)
The Koran commands muslims not to take Jews and Christians as friends, and muslims who do will go to hell (Koran 5:51).
In the Koran, Allah turns the Jews into apes and pigs (Koran 2:63-66; 5:59-60; 7:166).
As a Special Agent in the FBI and the creator of the first Counterterrorism Training program in the government detailing the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, sharia, and the broader Islamic networks, UTT President John Guandolo recalls:
“In the Counterterrorism division of the FBI, we discovered the deeper a muslim went in his/her study of Islam and sharia, the more likely they were to support and participate in violent actions and have a hatred towards Jews.”
A 2015 survey from the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy came to the same conclusion.
On January 10, 2019, the three (3) muslim Members of Congress – Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Andre Carson – all attended and participated in festivities hosted by the terrorist group Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
See CAIR is Hamas at UTT’s website for some of the evidence detailing CAIR’s creation by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee which is Hamas in the United States.
Today in Congress we have three (3) muslim Members of Congress who: overtly support the Koran over the Constitution, are working with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders to undermine liberty and America’s Constitutional Republic, and are violating their Oaths of Office by failing to “protect and defend” the Constitution while participating in actions that can only be described as seditious.
In an America with a functioning counterintelligence apparatus and Department of Justice, these three Members of Congress would be facing federal charges. But the establishment Republicans, as well as Democrat leaders are giving them a pass.
America’s Democrats are a “new Nazi party,” the “party of jihad, Jew-hatred and communism,” Jewish anti-sharia activist Pamela Geller recently declared, in light of the Democrats’ inability to censure Representative Ilhan Omar for antisemitism. As previously noted, rationalizations and Muslim identity politics excuses have enabled Leftist and Islamic supremacists to normalize their anti-Semitic views on Israel, a development that has left American Jews questioning their political future.
A like-minded Jewish analyst, Deborah Weiss, described the Omar affair as a “wake-up call” for Jews, who have historically been loyal Democratic voters. Conservative commentator Eileen Toplansky agreed that Omar and her fellow Muslim Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib“should awaken even the most somnolent Jew to the Democratic Party’s being overwhelmed by the enemies of America.” The “Democrats into whom they invested everything have turned on them,” said the prominent orthodox rabbi Dov Fischer.
Conservative commentator Daniel Greenfield has analyzed various factors contributing to the rise in America’s leftist antisemitism, including the Democrats’ turn towards socialism. “Jew-hate and socialism have always gone hand in hand,” he has documented, while the virulent antisemitism often present on college campuses is now taking over progressive politics with anti-Jewish victimhood narratives. Conservative commentator Bruce Bawer has noted that progressives’ “current victim-group hierarchy…places Muslims at the very top” and “Jews at or near the bottom, if not eliminating them from the picture entirely.” “Sorry, honey, but Jews are not part of Intersectionality,” Fischer has stated.
Victimhood claims by Muslims such as Omar, observed conservative writer Steve Postal, act as “merely a Trojan horse to inject anti-Semitism into mainstream political discourse.” Thus the conservative activist and rabbi Aryeh Speroidentifies a “strategy, as we have seen from Islamists in Europe,” of a “slow but inevitable seepage of anti-Jewish caricatures into the country’s political discourse.” Bawer in Norway confirms that the “Islamization of Western Europe has made everyday life nothing less than perilous for Jews.” Accordingly, Muslim reformer Asra Nomani, a former colleague of journalist Daniel Pearl, whom jihadists beheaded in 2002 in Pakistan, described a phone call in which Pearl’s father revealed that now “Jews in America are afraid.”
These new political realities confound many Jews, as political scientist Abraham Miller has noted that “Jews and Democrats have traditionally been in the vanguard of support for ‘minority’ rights.” This reflects the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) leftist biases that reveal themselves in skewedhate crime statistics. Greenfield particularly noted how President Donald Trump’s election prompted the American Jewish Committee (AJC) to form the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Greenfield scorned this “Wolf-Sheep Advisory Council,” given ISNA’s extensive links to jihadists and sharia supremacists.
As Greenfield explained, AJC had far greater expectations than ISNA for this “sick sad joke in which Jewish lefties ally with Jihadists against a pro-Israel administration.” Yet for Jews today often experience unrequited political love, Miller observed, for “increasingly, ‘minorities’ do not support Jews or Israel’s right to exist.” This includes not just Muslims, but many other minority groups that “mindlessly embrace intersectionality,” such as Berkeley, California’s “Gays for Palestine,” a decidedly LGBT-unfriendly society.
Washington Examiner editor Philip Klein has correspondingly examined why historic Jewish liberal political leanings and trends such as secularization among Jews will at least slow any political shift of Jews to the Republican Party. Miller bemoaned the fact that “Jews, for whom being a Democrat is a commandment from the Almighty, will find a rationale in it for their continued self-exploitation and self-hatred.” Political analyst Steve Feinsteinconcurred that Democratic Jews have an “almost unfathomably limitless capacity for self-deception.”
A good example of this leftist Jewish self-deception appears at the website of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP). “The threat to American Jews comes from the growing white nationalist movement,” wrote Max Berger, cofounder of the radicalanti-Israel group IfNotNow. Today “global anti-Semitism is on the rise, just as it was in the 1930s, when capitalism produced inequality on a massive scale.”
European Union statistics from 2018 decidedly refute Berger’s Marxist cant, as surveyed Jews reported that a preponderance of the antisemitism they encountered came from Muslims and Leftists. These were respectively the first and second largest reported ideological sources of antisemitism, followed by European rightwingers. Federalist editor David Harsanyiconfirms that the “average American Jew is more likely to encounter an aggressively ‘anti-Zionist’ BDS activist on a campus (or a progressive march) than a white supremacist anywhere.”
Such facts explain why polling data in the years leading up to 2014 has suggested declining Jewish support for the Democratic Party. Following orthodox Jewry’s embrace of the Republican Party, Fischer therefore foresees a broader “formal political realignment of Jews away from the Democrat Party.” For example, the group Jexodus recently launched at the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and Spero led a protest at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Jewish alienation from the Democratic Party would have significant impact, because America’s small but successful Jewish minority possesses an outsized political influence. The Jerusalem Postreported in 2016 that perhaps half of all Democratic, and a quarter of all Republican, political donations, come from Jews. For Democrats such as Omar, that is indeed a lot of “Benjamins” at stake, should Jews like the legal authority Alan Dershowitz not feel welcome in the Democratic Party.
Jews would do themselves and the broader American society a favor by critically reflecting on their political affiliations. If the Democratic Party wants to victimize Jews and others by becoming the home of political Islam and leftist radicalism, then Jews should make the Democrats pay a price. Anti-Semitic and anti-American Democrats such as Omar must receive a clear rebuke by Jews who are not selling their political allegiances cheap on the basis of outdated habits
Colorado AG: Sheriffs Who Will Not Enforce Gun Confiscation ‘Should Resign’4
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Colorado Attorney General (AG) Phil Weiser (D) said sheriffs who refuse to enforce gun confiscation laws “should resign” their posts.
Democrat lawmakers are pushing a red flag law that will allow a court to issue confiscatory order empowering police to go to a gun owner’s home and take away his firearms. As of March 12, 2019, ten Colorado counties had declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” to signal that they would support their sheriffs in refusing to enforce the confiscation law.
Numerous sheriffs have subsequently taken a stand against the red flag law, and the Colorado Sunquotes AG Weiser saying those sheriffs “should resign.”Breitbart TV
Weiser said he expects the law to be challenged in court, where he believes it will be upheld. Once upheld, he said sheriffs will be obligated to enforce it.
But Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams sees it differently. He told Fox News, “If you pass an unconstitutional law, our oaths as commissioners or myself as the sheriff — we’re going to follow our constitutional oath first.”
Logan County Sheriff Brett Powell said, “It’s time we quit trying to put lipstick on a pig and start funding our mental health facilities, instead of trying to take the rights from our people.”
“A federal grand jury in New Mexico has indicted five Muslims who allegedly trained children to carry out school massacres on terrorism-related offenses, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping.”
The children also lived under abusive conditions. The leader of the group is Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, “the son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a former board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations” (CAIR). And while the imam is not responsible for his son’s actions, he himself “is on record urging a violent overthrow of the ‘filthy’ U.S. government. The elder Wahhaj gave an opening prayer at an event at the Democratic National Convention in 2012,” and “has been called a spiritual adviser to jihad promoter and Bernie Sanders supporter Linda Sarsour.”
This is all the more alarming given the normalization of Islamic anti-Semitism in the Democrat camp. The Democratic Party changed the wording of a resolution condemning anti-Semitism that was clearly a rebuke of the anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar, to make it about “Islamophobia” and “white supremacism.” Bernie Sanders has defended Omar and stated “we will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
The anti-Semitism problem within the Democrat Party is mirrors that of the UK’s Labour Party. Both increasingly turn a blind eye to Islamic anti-Semitism.
With Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the Palestinian jihad has arrived in the U.S. Congress. Ignoring this problem is akin to ignoring the root cause of the global jihad: the Islamic theology of jihad and the imperative to conquer the House of War.
“‘Muslim terrorists’ in New Mexico tied to Democrats,” World Net Daily, March 19, 2019:
A federal grand jury in New Mexico has indicted five Muslims who allegedly trained children to carry out school massacres on terrorism-related offenses, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping.
The five were arrested Aug. 3, 2018, after authorities in a raid found 11 hungry children living in squalid conditions in a remote, makeshift training compound.
The leader, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, is the son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a former board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations who is on record urging a violent overthrow of the “filthy” U.S. government. The elder Wahhaj gave an opening prayer at an event at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, pointed out Matthew Vadum in an column for FrontPage Magazine. The imam also has been called a spiritual adviser to jihad promoter and Bernie Sanders supporter Linda Sarsour. Vadum wrote that the “openly anti-Semitic Sarsour sits on the board of the Women’s March organization and openly admits membership in America’s largest Marxist group, the Democratic Socialists of America.”
The imam has insisted his son’s problems with the law amounted to a domestic conflict that has nothing to do with Islam.
The defendants previously were indicted on weapons and conspiracy charges. The new indictment, issued Thursday, alleges “the defendants conspired to provide material support in preparation for violent attacks against federal law enforcement officers and members of the military,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers.
“Advancing beliefs through terror and violence has no place in America, and the National Security Division continues to make protecting against terrorism its top priority,” he said.
The defendants, along with Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, are Jany Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Lucas Morton. Leveille, Wahhaj’s “Islamic wife,” is an illegal immigrant from Haiti who also is under investigation by federal immigration authorities for overstaying her non-immigrant visitor visa.
During the raid, authorities found the remains of a 3-year-old disabled boy who later was identified as the son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. The indictment accused Wahhaj of kidnapping the boy from his legal wife and transporting him from Georgia to New Mexico.
Leveille allegedly told the children the boy would be resurrected as “Jesus Christ” and would tell the group which government institutions they should target.
FBI Special Agent Travis Taylor testified Leveille and her husband “sought to recruit and train persons, including minor children, to be prepared to engage in jihad and train an army of jihad and to die as martyrs.”
According to court documents, the five defendants “established a residence, training camp, and firing range at which they stored firearms and ammunition and engaged in firearms and tactical training as part of their common plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational, and financial institutions in fulfillment of” Leveille’s “religious prophecies.”….
“The halls of power bowed to the pulse of the street. This moment marks a new future for American Muslims,” crowed a recent mass email from the Hamas-derived Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR’s executive director, Nihad Awad, had every reason to rejoice, for Democratic representatives had just transformed a congressional censure of antisemitism into a resolution that actually protected pro-jihad Muslim anti-Semites like him.
The CAIR email condemned the original intention of the resolution that Congress passed on March 8. In a “twisted logic, Democratic leadership planned to release a resolution condemning anti-Semitism as a public rebuke of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar,” who has consistently made anti-Semitic statements, as previously discussed. Adopting hackneyed arguments that Omar and others, including her Democratic colleague Rashida Tlaib, are merely legitimate critics of Israeli policies, the email celebrated an end to the “silencing of criticism of Israeli apartheid.”
While the resolution had its origins in national outrage over Omar’s years-long recidivist string of anti-Semitic remarks, the ultimate text did not mention her and buried antisemitism. As the prominent orthodox Rabbi Dov Fischerobserved, in the resolution the “Democrats will not name the Jew-hater,” but “condemn everything except for apple pie” in what the New York Post called a “meaningless…Pablum.” Yet his fellow rabbinical luminary, Shmuley Boteach, noted that this “milquetoast resolution condemning nearly every form of bigotry (anti-Christian prejudice was notably missing)” passed 407-23, including with her support. Condemnation of white supremacists like the Ku Klux Klan had a prominent textual place, while rampant antisemitismamong her Muslim coreligionists worldwide received no mention.
Instead, the text condemned “Islamophobia,” a late twentieth-century neologism that has consistently served its totalitarian purpose of suppressing any critical inquiry into the beliefs and behaviors of Muslims. Accordingly, the resolution cavalierly dismisses “unfair allegations that they sympathize with individuals who engage in violence or terror or support the oppression of women, Jews, and other vulnerable communities.” While Omar and Tlaib’s insinuations about divided Jewish loyalties had angered many, the resolution’s statement that “imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy” could equally encompass concerns about illiberal Islamic ideologies.
Unsurprisingly, CAIR celebrated the fact that the resolution “is the first piece of legislation mentioning Islamophobia to pass either chamber of Congress.” CAIR’s allies in the fight to change the resolution’s contents also touted their successful efforts. These included the anti-Semitic Muslim-American political activist Linda Sarsour and the anti-Israel US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a supporter of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
Thus the Democrats “hijacked a condemnation of Jew-hatred and twisted it to make Muslims, not Jews, the victims,” noted this author’s colleague and anti-sharia activist, Deborah Weiss. Correspondingly, Mehdi Hasan, a BDS-whitewashing reporter for the Qatar-based television channel and fount of antisemitism Al Jazeera, decried the “Islamophobic and racist attacks” upon Omar in an interview with her. Tlaib likewise blamed “Islamophobia” for Omar’s public troubles.
Such statements reflected how Muslims such as Omar used religious identity to deflect criticism. “Many on the left believe that as a woman of color, a Muslim, and an immigrant, Omar cannot, by definition, be a purveyor of hate and prejudice,” conservative Jewish commentator Jonathan Tobin explaineed. Such “identity politics” means that “those who are considered oppressed receive immunity to do things that those considered more privileged cannot do.”
As one anonymous Democrat critic of Omar toldBreitbart, “Islamophobia has become the knee jerk reaction to anyone who dares criticize her.” An online open letter from Sarour’s Mpowerchange organization in support of Omar rejected any worries about Islamic antisemitism as an “Islamophobic stereotype that Muslims are inherently antisemitic.” Correspondingly, the anti-Semitic writer CJ Werlemandenounced the “phony and scurrilous charges of anti-Semitism” that” targeted “two Muslim women representatives,” Omar and Tlaib, “moral leaders in their party.” Conservative commentators such as FrontPage contributor Daniel Greenfield therefore noted Omar’s status as a “member of the Democrat’s protected victim class.”
Muslim reformer Shireen Qudosi observed the dangerous implications of such ideological untouchables. A week before the resolution’s passage, a political poster appeared in the West Virginia capitol building that juxtaposed Omar’s picture with an image of the September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda attacks upon New York’s World Trade Center. Contrary to the claims that this was a slanderous association of her with 9/11, Qudosi accurately saw thereby that with Omar and her allies the “ideology that goes ‘tick tick boom’ went from crashing into the Twin Towers to walking the halls of Congress.”
A March 6 confrontation outside of Tlaib’s congressional office between Qudosi’s fellow Muslim reformer Asra Nomani and Omar supporters following their Capitol Hill rally proved Qudosi’s point. As Nomani and others videoed, rally participants including Sarsour, CAIR national outreach manager Jinan Shbat, and former CAIR Connecticut chapter leader Mongi Dhaouadi conferred with Tlaib and/or prevented Nomani from entering Tlaib’s office. Her choice of consulting anti-Semitic, Israel-hating, pro-jihad individuals over Nomani clearly showed the political influencesthat so devastatingly distorted the congressional reaction to Omar.
As Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer has explained, the ability of the Democrats’ emerging radical political base to squash censure of Omar shows that she “stands victorious as the new master of the Democratic Party.” Especially the freshman congresswoman’s coveted position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee reveals that “open anti-Semitism has become mainstream and normalized on the Left today” and it is “not just mainstream, either: it’s the future.” On this committee she will have a “sort of bully pulpit that Israel-haters have lacked up until now,” Tobin has warned.
Spencer’s aghast summation is that Omar “has achieved the normalization of a paranoid Jew-hatred not seen in the political mainstream since the Third Reich.” “I don’t believe that anyone in the history of Congress has so openly and vilely attacked Jews and Israel,” Boteach has concurred, an assessment supported by factual evaluation of her many falsehoods. The congressional resolution has worked merely to “cement Omar’s criticism as on the kosher side of the line when it comes to what may constitute antisemitism,” analyzedJerusalem Post editor Seth Frantzman. Moreover, she showed little willingness to reform during a March 5 meeting of congressional Democrats where, among other things, she refused to endorse Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish national homeland.
Democrat leaders will most likely want to continue to ignore any of Omar’s offenses, as she has proven her undivided loyalty to the new red-green political alliance of Leftists and sharia supremacists. She has particularly offered no objection to “Pelvic Left” agendas so central to the modern Democratic Party’s “Sexual State,” even as individuals like Judge Jeanine Pirro speculateabout the significance of Omar’s hijab and Islamic modesty culture. Especially incongruous is the Left’s embrace of homosexuality while Muslims such as Siraj Wahhaj, her ally Sarsour’s mentor, espouse brutal Islamic orthodoxy towards gays.
Omar notably has recommended legal action against athletic organizations for not allowing “transgendered” biological males to compete against women. Thereby she absurdly argued that the “myth that trans women have a ‘direct competitive advantage’ is not supported by medical science.” Additionally, she evinces no concern about how “transgenderism” threatens females’ most intimate privacy, both Muslim and non-Muslim.
Thus anti-Semites such as Omar will remained ensconced in the Democratic Party. Her haughtiness towards the media likewise reflects that the press has previously shown little interest in substantial evidence that The Democratic Party’s “Progress” into Antisemitism (Part Two)she engaged in marriage fraud with her immigrant brother. This dire political arrangement raise critical questions for Jews, traditionally a stalwart Democratic constituency, as the last article in this series will examine.
“This is not about antisemitism, because they didn’t say anything anti-Semitic,” stated the former Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) executive Ahmed Bedier concerning the new Muslim congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. His remarks at a March 6 rally before the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, indicated how these anti-Semitic legislators are effectively immune from rebuke among increasingly radical Democrats.
By contrast, Omar’s “anti-Semitism has been obvious to any honest observer ever since she became a public figure,” Washington Examiner editor Philip Klein has correctly assessed. She has referred to slang for $100 bills (“Benjamins”) in a 1997 Puff Daddy song to smear groups including the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as nefarious influencers of American Israeli policy. She has repeatedly intimated that Jews have dual loyalties to Israel, as she did at a February 27 event in Washington, DC’s Busboys and Poets cafe. Befitting Busboys and Poets’ history of hosting radical organizations including 9/11 conspiracy theorists, the packed audience warmly embraced her and joked about her “Benjamins” tweet.
Omar has also tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world” to its “evil doings,” while the “apartheid Israeli regime” makes her “almost chuckle” in dismissal of Israel’s status as a “democracy in the Middle East.” During her 2018 congressional campaign, she claimed to oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, even though she had voted in the Minnesota legislature against a strong bipartisan majority for an anti-BDS law. She then reversed herself after her election victory, declaring her support for BDS.
Omar has established a record as an “apologist for Islamic terrorism,” as in her tweet against funding the Department of Homeland Security. In the Minnesota legislature, she was one of two representatives who voted against a bill that would deny life insurance payments to terrorists killed while attacking Americans. She likewise argued there for leniency towards fellow Somali-Americans from Minnesota who had been convicted of attempting to join Islamic State terrorists. She once claimed that jihadist attacks “are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs,” not the result of dangerous Islamic doctrines. Her soft spot for sharia also once appeared in her reservations about a bill that would increase penalties for female genital mutilation, although she later voted for the bill.
Like the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), President Donald Trump condemned Omar’s various statements. He called for her resignation from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Echoing these appeals, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein denounced Omar’s “pure, unadulterated, evil, frighteningly dangerous anti-Semitism.”
Yet Omar and Tlaib reflect a wider global trend of anti-Israel/anti-Semitic views gaining ascendance among the political Left, with Democrats following anti-Semitic precedents in the British Labour Party. The duo’s fellow Democratic progressive congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has expressed her opposition to any “special relationship” with Israel, while the leftist newscaster Chris Hayes has tweeted that the Democratic establishment and AIPAC “have lost wide swaths of the Democratic party base.” Meanwhile, numerous members of the Congressional Black Caucus have longstanding ties with Farrakhan, as a recently uncovered 2005 photo of him with then-Senator Barack Obama revealed.
Conservative American-Israeli commentator Caroline Glick has observed that former President Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett “is an outspoken supporter of Omar,” as well as of Tlaib. Democratic presidential candidates are also “aligning themselves with the anti-Israel voices in their party.” “Three of the party’s leading presidential candidates—Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris—all issued statements in support of Omar,” noted the conservative Jewish commentator Jonathon Tobin.
One of Omar’s first Washington, DC, appearances occurred on February 5 at the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP), a leftist think tank that has its own antisemitism history. In 2011, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the prominent legal authority Alan Dershowitz all condemned CAP for staffers who had made anti-Semitic “Israel-firster” dual loyalty accusations. At CAP, policy analyst Matt Duss also drew an analogy between Israel’s self-defense against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the “moral abomination” of “segregation in the American South.” Along with other anti-Semitic CAP alumni who have joined the senior staff of Democratic senator and presidential candidate Sanders, Duss is currently Sanders’ foreign policy adviser.
Accordingly, as media noted, CAP allowed Omar to dodge any serious scrutiny of her antisemitism during her brief 40-minute appearance, without any press questioning before the over 90 people filling CAP’s events room to capacity. CAP Executive Vice President for External Affairs Winnie Stachelberg in her event moderation euphemistically claimed that Omar’s statements “had inadvertently echoed stereotypes against Jews.” Omar responded with blathered generalizations about the “kind of journey we could all be on in fighting against discrimination collectively.” Far more condemnatory was her address, in which she denounced Trump’s “hate-filled policies,” including the falsely described “Muslim Ban,” and reiterated the canard that he had called neo-Nazis “very fine people.”
Omar continued to deny any intentional antisemitism in a February 11 half-hearted apology. She wrote that her associates “are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.” Yet only in early February before her renewed anti-Semitic slanders at Busboys and Poets did she quietly delete her offensive “Benjamins,” “AIPAC,” and Israeli “hypnosis” tweets.
Omar’s claims of innocence exasperated local Jewish leaders from Omar’s congressional district. They had already discussed antisemitism concerns with her during her 2018 congressional campaign, unavailingly. Perhaps these leaders began to suspect what extensive ADL studies of global antisemitism from 2014 and 2015 had documented, namely that Muslims such as Omar come from a worldwide religious community rife with antisemitism.
Correspondingly, Commentary senior editor Abe Greenwald concluded that it was “ludicrous to think that she didn’t know what she was saying.” In the greater Middle Eastern countries such as Omar’s ancestral Somalia, “conspiracy theory is the coin of the realm, and much self-inflicted grief is blamed on dark Jewish magic.” This would explain her “six years of remorseless bigotry” in her 2012 tweet claiming Israeli “hypnosis,” which she defended as late as January 2018.
Although Omar’s anti-Semitic statements contained no objective critique of Israel, she asserted in her apology that she had attempted to address the “problematic role of lobbyists in our politics” from groups such as AIPAC. Bedier reiterated this analysis at the March 6 rally in the company of individuals including CAIR executive director Nihad Awad and Sarsour, who proclaimed “unequivocal solidarity” with Omar. Omar and Tlaib’s outlook on Israel “has to do with certain countries’ influence in Washington and certain lobbyists, not much different than what we say about the NRA,” Bedier said.
Conservative commentator Scott Johnson at Powerline thus summarized that Omar always claims “to distinguish between the Jewish state and the Jewish people” while expressing political views, not prejudice. Accordingly, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour reflected Omar’s typical fawning media coverage with a softball media interview in which Amanpour said that Omar had rejected a political “rite of passage…to profess sort of fealty” to AIPAC. Rather, she “is part of a new wave of Democrats not afraid to be critical of the government of Israel.”
George Mason University Professor Noura Erakat, a later participant in the March 6 rally, had similarly stated that Omar and Tlaib disrupt a “status quo of bipartisan, uncritical support of Israel.” Likewise the leftist Jewish political activist Peter Feld found an “inconvenient truth” of political influence in Omar’s “Benjamins” tweet. Meanwhile considerations of Omar prompted the ailing Jewish leftist political organizer Ady Barkan to express his disappointment that he did “not expect to live to see the liberation of the Palestinian people.”
Having sanitized the antisemitism of individuals such as Omar and Tlaib as critical political commentary, Democrats and their political supporters could turn the tables on the legislators’ outraged accusers. As a forthcoming article will demonstrate, Democrats answered the national outcry over Omar in particular by emphasizing her supposed victimization by bigotry while paying mere lip service to antisemitism concerns. This new accommodation of antisemitism has particularly left Jews, long a reliable Democratic constituency, confronting a shocking political reality.
A 15-year-old Beto O’Rourke once wrote a “murder fantasy” short story about running over two children with a car, according to a new report that also revealed the now-presidential candidate was a member of a famous hacking group.
The details were uncovered in a Reuters report on the “Cult of the Dead Cow,” a famous group of hackers credited with inventing the term “hacktivism.” Reuters revealed that O’Rourke, who joined the Democratic presidential primary race on Thursday, was a member, while reporting, “there is no indication that O’Rourke ever engaged in the edgiest sorts of hacking activity, such as breaking into computers.”
But the report also revealed that teenage Beto, in connection with the group, wrote stories under the name “Psychedelic Warlord” — writings that remain online.
One piece in particular detailed the narrator’s murder spree, as part of his goal seeking “the termination of everything that was free and loving.” The piece described the first kill as the murder of two children crossing the street.
It reads: “Then one day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them.
As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two— A 15-year-old Beto O’Rourke’s fictional fantasy piece
“This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams. As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.
“My dream was abruptly ended when I heard a loud banging on the front window. It was an old man, who was using his cane to awaken me. He might have been a witness to my act of love. I was not sure, nor did I care. It was simply ecstasy. As I drove home, I envisioned myself committing more of these ‘acts of love,’ and after a while, I had no trouble carrying them out. The more people I killed, the longer my dreams were. … I had killed nearly 38 people by the time of my twenty-third birthday, and each one was more fulfilling than the last.”
In another piece, he challenged the perspective of a neo-Nazi who was defending Hitler’s actions.
The Reuters report reads: “In another piece, he took on a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi who maintained that Hitler was misunderstood and didn’t personally want Jews killed. O’Rourke and a Jewish friend questioned the man about his theories and let him ramble about Jews and African Americans, an attempt to let him hang himself with his own words.
“We were trying to see what made him think the horrible things that he did,” he wrote in the piece.
It’s unclear whether the piece reflected a real interview, or was fictional.
The Reuters report included quotes from members of the hacker group, many of whom kept O’Rourke’s secret for decades.
The news agency spoke to more than a dozen people who were part of the group for a book from the same reporter titled, “Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World.”
Asked about the potential impact on his 2020 campaign, he had this to say: “I can’t control anything I did in the past. All I can do is control what I do going forward, and what I plan to do is give this my best; bring as many people together around the solution we face. That’s what I hear the people of Iowa saying as well.”
Fox News’ Charles Watson contributed to this report.