Op Ed: The Tragic Apology of Rep. Ilhan Omar!

by Ahmed Tharwat

Finally, Rep. Ilhan Omar caved in, the Freshwoman Omar, surrendered to the pressure of intimidation, a system that weaponizing any critics of Israel, a system full of hypes, hypocrisies and dishonesties. Omar issued an apology, after long battling with a vicious avalanche of criticism, accusations,  and threats. Omar’s apology sounded like a confession came out od Guantanamo investigation; forced, rehearsed in a control environments.  “anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.” She explained.

Aren’t we all, we all need to be educated indeed. The story stated when, Omar responded to journalist Greenwald assertion that, “GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.” The freshwoman Omar fell in the trap and tweeted back “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

This simply not automatically an anti-Semitic trope as some reflexive responses insinuating, this $100 bill with Frank Benjamin face  actually  is the real trope that simply reflects  the undisputable role of money in on our politics. The Israeli advocate group AIPAC  influence some member of congress to support Israel over the Palestinians doesn’t seem really not so radical or inherently anti-Semitic, it is actually posted and bragged upon by AIPAC on their own website.  What Omar left out in her short tweet, is that the role of money in our politics is not just about AIPAC and Israel, yes Israel got the biggest handout from America $38billions so far,  (lots of Benjamin’s, if you ask me)  but it is also about the NRA, Citizen United, the Koch brothers, and right wing evangelic Christians Zionists fanatics.

Omar needs to understand that, If AIPAC has the Democrats from the throat, NRA has the GOP from the mouth. Omar wasn’t talking about Jewish Money that reflect a deep wicked feeling about “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”  this is absurd and it is a western thing, popularized by Fordenian creation. Now the internet panic, TV pundits from far rights to far left, politicians from both parties, even Chelsea Clinton demanding an answers, the sky is falling, headlines almost identical,  as if they all got the  anti-Semitic trope memo; parodied headlines like;   backlash, reckoning, disturbing, repugnant, appalling, horrifying, even  some of her own party and  Nancy Pelosi threw Omar under the bus demanding immediate apology or else.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) identify himself as Jewish, tweeted a hate audio message he received from a douchebag, but still,  accusing her of hating Jewish people. What lots of Americans don’t understand, the idea of anti-Semitic that causally throwing out at anyone with the slicest criticism of Israel, in itself is an alien concept for most Muslims, since Arab/Muslims themselves think of themselves, as not just Semitic people, but also heartfelt indirect victims of the of Holocaust atrocity itself by the establishing of the Jewish state in the heart of the middle East, beheading the nation of Palestine out of history. I grew up in Egypt, where an Average Egyptian, till today, would speak fondly of the Jewish people and their (Muslim too) prophet, Mosses, and cheers up when they hear the Quranic story of the destruction the Egyptian Pharaoh Army in the Red Sea. Egyptians who hardily follow any directions, think the Jews got lost in Sian for 40 years, not because they were Jewish, but because they didn’t follow the direction of Mosses the Prophet 4000 year ago.

But in the 1973 war, they are willing to go and die to fight to liberate Sinai from the Israeli Army.  The problem in this country is that that Arab/ Palestinian and Muslims suffering and grievances are mostly ignored in the west.  I’m disappointed at Omar quick capitulation to the political evil forces surrounding her,  but not surprised, If someone like me, with -as FOXNews puts it-, an obscure local TV show get the wrath of  FoxNews , that worked so hard to find an old interview with Rep. Omar and dragged me into to the fray, with then activist Omar  FoxNews is turning me to another Obama spiritual Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., of Ilhab Omar.

“ Tharwat, who has given a platform before to radical activists — including a political cartoonist who won second place in the 2006 Iranian International Holocaust Cartoon Competition, an anti-Semitic contest featuring Holocaust denial — went on to compare the violence perpetrated by terror groups around the world to the actions of western governments.” ‘’

“The anti-Semitic contest” that was tongue in cheek responding to the prophet cartoon contest waged by western cartoonist even by our Star tribune cartoonist. But Fox still insisting that I’m a radical host, who brings radical guests.  Here is Fox again misquoting my comments… “Most of the people who commit these kind of heinous violence are done by people unelected that are just fringe of the societies … but the violence done [by] the West is done by the people that are elected,” he said, prompting Omar to agree that violence committed by the West is “legitimized.” Fox News never contacted me to corporates any of their claims, but the Daily Caller ( I never heard of them)  did, through an email from Peter Hasson.

He introduced himself as an investigative reporter enquiring about things I discussed in Ilhan interview, asking if I can explain when I said “Israel is The Jewish ISIS? Then asked, if I have any connection to Rep. Ilhan outside of that Interview? The Daily Caller then published an article with a frantic headline “ Ilhan Omar Gave Interviews To Host Who Called Israel ‘Jewish ISIS’ And Compared Hamas To Holocaust Victims.”

I have no idea how the Daily caller arrived to this conclusion, I have used Jewish ISIS, and Jewish Taliban, and Jewish Jihadists before, just to response to the media narrative of any labeling any misbehaving Muslim is Islamic, Islamic Terrorist, Islamic terrorism, Islamic state, Islamic jihadists, Islamic Taliban… ! anti-Zionism is not the same as anti-Semitism , Michelle Goldberg wrote in New York Time. This is hurtful not just for Muslims/Arabs and Americans but also for the lots of fair minded, peace lovers Jews around the world. As Omar stated in her Apology,  ant-Semitic is real but it is mostly striving in Europe and America not in the Muslim world. Ilhan Omar, as a Somali Refuge who fled Somali when she was 7 year old, will bounce back , she had survived worst.

However, this made up, fake controversial, revealed more about our political system, our media and our divisive racist culture, than exposing Omar’s anti-Semitic index. Arabs, Muslims, Jews people around the world are the real victims of neo-liberalism  capitalist systems that is controlled by corporates Jihadists and Wall Street Taliban. If we need to have an honest debate with relationship between Israel, it is not just AIPAC, it is our interests around the world, here is our Wall Street, reported that Secretary of state Mike Pompeo who went to the middle east visit to assure the most regressive regimes in Egypt and Saudi Arabia of US support, as long as they improve their tie with Israel.

Pompeo admitted that,  Saudi Arabia’s growing ties with Israel as a reason not to downgrade American relationship with the kingdom, despite the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On Democracy Now, Professor and Historian Illan Pappe , gave a chilling reality of Israel, “I think Israel in 2014 made a decision that it prefers to be a racist apartheid state and not a democracy,” Pappé says Prime Minster of Israel , the king of Israel as he is called by his oppositions, running around cozying with the biggest anti-Semitic groups in Europe, supporting most oppressive regimes in Middle east and South America,  which never raised alarms, or concerns of the very same sensitive people in America who wants Freshwoman Omar’s head.

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Ahmed Tharwat is a TV Host and Producer. His show BelAhdan with Ahmed Tharwat airs on Minnesota Public Television Mondays at 10:30 p.m. You can find his blog In the middle at www.ahmediatv.com and on FaceBook, Twitter, Google, Plus, LinkedIn - @ahmediatv

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