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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 

2 Islamists in comicdom defend the antisemitism of Ilhan Omar

The Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's caused quite a bit of offense in her latest attacks on Jews/Israel/AIPAC. Here's 2-3 notable Islamists working in comic books who're making things worse by defending her. Let's start with Saladin Ahmed, who wrote the following prior to what he retweeted next:

If he thinks that mumbo-jumbo is going to excuse his dark visions, forget it. Just another double standard he's got. The rest of what follows are screencaps of other tweets he RT'd, of apologists for Omar's monstrosities, and they sure are pretty eyebrow-raising:
Very interesting. He's supporting one of the most vile founders of the Women's March, which was discovered to be full of anti-semitism, to the point where even the Democrats had to distance themselves from it. Very telling.
If the person he RT'd is trying to excuse Friedman, one of the worst columnists for the NY Times, and use it by extension to absolve Omar of her own offenses, that's disgusting too.
I remember Beinart, a notorious BDS supporter who used to write for the New Republic, which lost a lot of merit years ago. To think the Forward would have the gall to take contributions from him. For Ahmed to consider him company to keep is certainly no surprise.

Then, there's G. Willow Wilson, responding to Donald Trump's call for Omar to resign from Congress:

She may be trying to be subtle about this, but it's clear she sees nothing wrong with Omar's noxious leanings either.

Sana Amanat may have defended Omar too, but has since erased any tweets she wrote. However, I did find this item she'd written a few weeks ago:

Seriously? What's this about a meme? The subject in question is a report from the Wash. Examiner about a New Mexico rancher who found bundles of Muslim prayer rugs on the border:
Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels who move the individuals.

The mats are pieces of carpet that those of the Muslim faith kneel on as they worship.

"There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico," the rancher said. "People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that. That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across."

Her comments were part of a larger conversation about how many in the region believe migrants are coming to the U.S. illegally from all over the world, not just Central America.
Distorting the whole subject into something about a "meme" is almost hilarious if it weren't for the seriousness of the issues involved.

Update: here's a tweet from early January where Amanat spoke positively of Omar that I hadn't noticed initially:

I'm sure she was aware even then that Omar was bad lot, which makes this whole affair that much more atrocious.

Anyway, it wouldn't be shocking if the above writers had no issues with David Duke, since he's also given Omar his backing. It's bad enough Omar's sullying Congress with her gross commentaries, but it's also bad Marvel/DC are giving jobs to the 3 phonies who're still making divisive political statements on their Twitter pages, whether in their own words or with the use of others. They should distance themselves from those awful people already.

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To give a full picture, it is important to acknowledge that Omar has apologized for her words.

"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. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.

At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it."

As she wrote to Max Rose who was one of the first to call her to account about her remarks:

“I appreciated your call to do better as a friend and ally and appreciate your courage in calling out the double standard in Congress.”

She replied to Trump:

Hi @realDonaldTrump- You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?
5:57 AM - 13 Feb 2019
https://mobile.twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1095683268693905410

It is established that the prayer rugs on the border were fake news. There has never been any evidence to back up that single anonymous allegation. Prayer rugs are awfully expensive; they don't get thrown away after one use like old coke cans.

The Forward is generally centre-left, but they publish both right wing and left wing writing; they publish Beinart as part of a broader debate. Interesting that a right-wing guy like David Duke supported Omar. She retracted her words; but he would have liked her to stick with them. Trump, usually a blunt and direct kind of guy, has always waffled when asked about Duke's support of Trump. But Duke is clear about who his candidate is. As Duke said: "We are determined to take our country back, we're going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that's what we believed in, that's why we voted for Donald Trump."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/schmich/ct-david-duke-mary-schmich-20170815-column.html

LMAO at pretending that this cudgeled non-apology means anything. She literally ended it by affirming her belief of what’s she supposedly apologized for. She has a long history of anti-Semitism.

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