Minnesota freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar has a well-documented history of making antisemitic statements. Granted, partisan politics, alongside irresponsible hyperbole, rule the day, but should Jewish people be concerned by the congresswoman’s apparent hostility toward Jews? Let’s review the record.
In 2012, while serving as campaign manager for Kari Dziedzic’s reelection to the Minnesota State Senate, Omar tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” ascribing psychic powers and evil intent to the Jewish nation. As New York Times staff editor Bari Weiss noted in a Times January 2019 op-ed column entitled
The Myth of Jewish Hypnosis, “The conspiracy theory of the Jew as the hypnotic conspirator, the duplicitous manipulator, the sinister puppeteer is one with ancient roots and a bloody history.”