Rep. Ilhan Omar Was ‘Sincerely Befuddled’ On Israeli Foreign Policy in Rare Admission of Being Underinfomed
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized online for saying “Israel has hypnotized the world” to commit “evil,” adding she did not realize her sentiments would be offensive to Jews.
“In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive,” the Democratic Congresswoman tweeted early Tuesday morning, agreeing with New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who had speculated earlier that “perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting” with her comments about Israel.
You are correct when you say,
“Perhaps Ms. Omar is sincerely befuddled and not simply deflecting”
In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word “Hypnotize” and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive. pic.twitter.com/IxPScaSzGw
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 22, 2019
Omar continued that she was so focused on putting her comments about Israel from 2012 in context that she did not think to reject the “unfortunate and offensive” language she had “unknowingly used.” Nonetheless, she tweeted, her criticism of Israel as a nation is separate from criticism of Jews as a people of faith.
“I will not shy away from criticism of any government when I see injustice– whether it be Saudi Arabia, Somalia, even our own government!” she said.
Omar’s sentiments were received positively by Weiss, who in turn invited her to continue discussing together for the Times. The conversation between the two was received as rather civil by others, who praised them online.
Thank you, Rep. @IlhanMN, for reading and for addressing. Please consider this an open invitation to @nytopinion, where I would be happy to talk more about anti-Semitism and Israel with you. https://t.co/eseHWOltzG
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) January 22, 2019
“wow, big time hats off to both @bariweiss for addressing this so cogently and to @IlhanMN for responding directly,” tweeted Bloomberg‘s Deena Shanker Tuesday.
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