The Nazi reference is no gaffe. Omar has shown time and again that she knows how to push Jews’ buttons. In 2012, she wrote: ‘Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel’. Earlier this year, she declared US support for the Jewish state was ‘all about the Benjamins baby’ (Benjamin Franklin appears on the 100 dollar bill). In yet another incident, she decried ‘the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country’. When one of her Jewish colleagues pointed out that ‘dual loyalty’ was a well-worn anti-Semitic canard, Omar told her: ‘I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee’.
Omar is a troll who knows what she’s doing, knows how much it hurts Jews but continues because she is driven by prejudice, paranoia and a desire to remake American foreign policy along her lines. Her choice of the boycott issue is not coincidental and comes after 27 US states passed laws denying contracts to businesses that engage in discriminatory boycotts of Israel. Progressives whose position on free speech of late has been ‘muh gammon, lol’ are suddenly very exercised about First Amendment rights.