ADL head accuses Ilhan Omar of engaging in 'blood libel' during Columbia visit

 April 29, 2024

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar recently traveled to Columbia University, which has been the scene of loud and sometimes violent anti-Israel demonstrations.

Omar spoke to a reporter at one point during her visit, and Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt charged that her comments amounted to "blood libel."

Jews should be protected "whether they are pro-genocide or anti-genocide"

As the Washington Examiner noted, Greenblatt posted a video clip of Omar on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

In it she could be heard saying "that all Jewish kids should be kept safe" regardless of "whether they are pro-genocide or anti-genocide."

"It is patently false and a blood libel to suggest that ANY Jewish students are 'pro-genocide,'" Greenblatt wrote in his post.

"It is gaslighting to impute that Jewish people are somehow at fault for being harassed and menaced with signs and slogans literally calling for their own extermination," he added.

GOP representative calls Omar's rhetoric "hateful"

The Examiner noted that Greenblatt was not the only one to voice condemnation of Omar's comments, as Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez did so as well.

"Antisemitism and hate has no place anywhere — especially not on college campuses," Gimenez was quoted as telling the paper.

"Unsurprisingly, Rep. Ilhan Omar's latest hateful rhetoric is entirely unbecoming of a Member of Congress — it’s why I voted to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee," he continued.

Gimenez went on to pledge that "Congress will continue to investigate and hold these institutions of higher learning accountable for failing to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of all students, and in particular, Jewish students who are facing an over 400% increase in anti-Semitic attacks in America since Hamas' murderous, genocidal terrorist attacks against the democratic, Jewish State of Israel."

AOC condemns Columbia for calling police on demonstrators

Fox News reported that other far-left Democrats also stopped at Columbia last week to show support for the anti-Israel encampment there.

They did this despite the prevalence of violent chants, including "Hamas, we love you. We support your rockets, too!" and "We say justice, you say how. Burn Tel Aviv to the ground!"

Among the visitors was New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez, who lashed out at Columbia's decision to have police arrest protestors, slamming the move as "a heinous failure of leadership."

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