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Ilhan Omar compares Israel to Jim Crow-era South

Ilhan Omar compares Israel to Jim Crow-era South

Freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the South’s treatment of blacks during the Jim Crow-era. “In the same way many Americans knew separate yet equal was immoral but remained silent until brave few were silent no more,” Mrs. Omar, a Muslim Democrat and open supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and…


Freshman MinnesotaRep. Ilhan OmarcomparedIsrael’s treatment of Palestinians to the South’s treatment of blacks during the Jim Crow-era.

“In the same way many Americans knew separate yet equal was immoral but remained silent until brave few were silent no more,”Mrs. Omar, a Muslim Democrat and open supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement againstIsrael, tweeted late Thursday.

The congresswoman was responding to a tweet by a writer and activist who argued thatIsrael“is like the south before 1963: millions of people under Israeli control are denied the right to vote, speak freely or assemble because of their ethnicity. It’s a democracy for Jews only. That’s not a real democracy.”

Mrs. Omaragreed with the activist’s tweet, writing, “Many of them truly know this, but don’t want to accept it.”

The congresswoman’s continued criticism ofIsraelcomes amid backlash she sparked just Tuesday after sheclaimedthat the idea thatIsraelshould be upheld as a Middle East democracy makes her “almost chuckle.”

“When I seeIsraelinstitute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle because I know that if … we see that in any other society we would criticize it,” she said.

Mrs. Omarsparked an uproar in November when she expressed her support for the BDS movement for the first time — several days after her election. Since her election, she has been forced to answer for her controversial views onIsrael, including a 2012 tweet that read: “Israelhas hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings ofIsrael. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.”

Mrs. Omarhas repeatedly apologized for her use of the word “hypnotized,” which some argued invoked an anti-Semitic trope, but she has refused to apologize for the sentiment. She insisted that criticizing the Israeli government is not the same as criticizing the Israeli people.

Mrs. Omarbriefly addressed the backlash in her tweet Thursday, writing, “They can attack, spin my words and vilify me, but they will not succeed in silencing me!”

Many of them truly know this, but don’t want to accept it. In the same way many Americans knew separate yet equal was immoral but remained silent until brave few were silent no more.

They can attack, spin my words and vilify me, but they will not succeed in silencing me!https://t.co/JSwhoSQuGF

Ilhan Omar(@IlhanMN)February 1, 2019

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