Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has been accused of anti-Semitism repeatedly, responded to the tragic shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue in California by calling for “no more thoughts and prayers.” That’s the gun control mantra by the left every time a shooting occurs. But Omar saying this after spouting anti-Semitism is especially egregious.
A 19-year-old nursing student who was on the dean’s list barged in during the final day of Passover and started shooting. A 60-year-old woman was killed in the shooting protecting her rabbi. Three others were wounded. The shooter also had a lengthy anti-Trump and anti-Semitic manifesto that was full of hate and rage.
Omar said, “Love is the answer, love is the way and yes less gun!” Her message is a nod to gun control obviously. Completing the tweet, Omar posted the hashtag “nomorethoughtsandprayers.” She has a very strange definition of love.
“Omar’s rebuke of “thoughts and prayers” is a thinly-veiled slight against those who offer condolences via thoughts and prayers. Politically speaking, gun control advocates denounce “thoughts and prayers” as powerless and devoid of meaning, a suggestion that gun control is the only appropriate response to shooting tragedies.
“Earlier in the day, Omar said news of the shooting was “breaking” her heart. In the same message, Omar said that America “must confront the terrifying rise of religious hate and violence” and that “love trumps hate.”
“What was the reaction?
“Because Omar has been accused of spreading anti-Semitism through repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes, she was widely rebuked for her denunciation of thoughts and prayers.
“[Y]ou do realize people were shot at in their place of prayer and you’re saying ‘#nomorethoughtsandprayers,'” one person told Omar.
“Guns are not the problem, remember the people that did something? they killed thousands without a bullet. The people that did something in Nice? Almost 100 killed without pulling a trigger, love is not using an attack to promote your anti-gun agenda #nomorethoughtsandprayers,” another person said.
“Meanwhile, the Minnesota Democrat was similarly scolded for her initial reaction to Saturday’s shooting in which she said her heart was “breaking.”
“You say anti-Semitic things all day long you and your speech causes people to act in violent ways towards Jews. Now, all of a sudden because a WHITE man shot up a synagogue with an AR rifle you all of a sudden care about the Jewish community. We don’t need your fake sympathy,” one person told Omar.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 27, 2019
Fox & Friends astutely tied Omar’s use of what the show’s panelists viewed as anti-Semitic stereotypes to a rise in anti-Jewish attacks in the US. Highland Park, Illinois, Rabbi Evan Moffic and Muslim scholar and physician Qanta Ahmed appeared on a Fox & Friends panel Sunday to warn Americans that anti-religious persecution, particularly from “the left,” is on the rise.
More from Newsweek:
“Moffic said one of the biggest dangers for Jews in America is “antipathy” toward religion and the use of “awful stereotypes” being used by, according to the rabbi, people including Muslim Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
“The Fox News segment, responding to Saturday’s San Diego-area synagogue shooting, saw several panelists labeling the attack a “wake-up call” to end what the FBI and Anti-Defamation League have labeled a recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks. Moffic was asked “what responsibility” U.S. leaders have in their rhetoric and conduct to halt a rise in future attacks.
“The antipathy towards religion that we often see towards the left and that we see growing in this country it goes hand-in-hand with the rise in anti-semitism,” said Moffic. “I think we just simply have to be aware of these awful stereotypes about Jews. When Ilhan Omar said ‘It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,’ and she said Israel has ‘hypnotized the world,’ she’s drawing on these stereotypes that have murdered millions of people in the Holocaust, which just happened 75 years ago…it’s exactly because of that rhetoric.”
“He added, “Jews have never felt more vulnerable in the United States.”
“Moffic referenced a pair of comments made earlier this year by first-term Congresswoman Omar, who is one of Congress’ first two female Islamic members ever elected. The Minnesota Democrat previously apologized for the February “All About the Benjamins” comment, which she made to criticize Israel and AIPAC’s lobbyist influence on Washington politics. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even responded to Omar’s comment, which was itself a reference a 1990s song by hip-hop artist Puff Daddy.”
My heart is breaking after today’s deadly shooting at Chabad Congregation in San Diego—on the last day of Passover and 6 months to the day after the Tree of Life shooting.
We as a nation must confront the terrifying rise of religious hate and violence.
Love trumps hate.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 27, 2019
Omar has no self-awareness whatsoever or she just doesn’t care. Of all people to chastise ‘thoughts and prayers’ for that synagogue, she is the very last person who has a right to speak on it after her blatant hatred towards the Jewish community. She wasn’t the only one though. The same sentiments came from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and most of the Democratic leadership.
Never let an emergency go to waste even if you have to stand on the dead to do it.
you do realize people were shot at in their place of prayer and you’re saying “#nomorethoughtsandprayers”
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 27, 2019
Guns are not the problem, remember the people that did something? they killed thousands without a bullet. The people that did something in Nice? Almost 100 killed without pulling a trigger, love is not using an attack to promote your anti gun agenda 🤮 #nomorethoughtsandprayers
— Gonzalo Guillen (@gonzoguillen) April 28, 2019
You say anti Semitic things all day long you and your speech causes people to act in violent ways towards Jews. Now all of a sudden because a WHITE man shot up a synagogue with an AR rifle you all of a sudden care about the Jewish community. We don’t need your fake sympathy.
— Rachel (@RH246013) April 27, 2019