Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Obama, condemned Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) apparent endorsement of anti-semitic tropes in a series of Monday morning tweets.
Omar, who became the first Somali-American elected to congress in November, attributed Republican support of Israel to the nefarious influence of wealthy pro-Israel donors and organizations such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Citing the multiple occasions in which Omar has appeared to endorse anti-semitic positions and groups like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Shapiro argued the freshman lawmaker has isolated herself and, as a result, will be unable to meaningfully contribute to the ongoing middle east policy discussion in Washington.
8. Had she come to DC, shown sympathy and empathy for Israelis and Palestinians, learned to assign responsibility in appropriate measure to both sides, considered the totality of US interests in the region, maybe taken a trip to learn, she could have had real influence.
Omar, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has faced bipartisan condemnation on multiple occasions since taking office for disseminating anti-semitic conspiracies online. Shapiro was joined in condemning Omar by Chelsea Clinton, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, and Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas).
Co-signed as an American. We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.
Why is a Member of Congress launching anti-Semitic slurs on Twitter? Caricaturing support for Israel as purchased by Jewish $$—“about the Benjamins”—is an old slander. Do other Dems agree? Will media ask them? As more Dems support BDS, anti-Semitism becoming far too common. https://t.co/1mmI71tLCg