Another terrible attack on Jews. As for the attacker at Chabad in Poway, California, near San Diego, I don’t know why this mere teenager’s heart was consumed with hatred. But I am certain it’s a bigger problem than politics or fake news. I also suspect that Rep. Ilhan Omar was not sincere when she tweeted her “heart is breaking” over the shooting.
She is correct about one thing: religious hate and violence is terrifying and on the rise. But she probably isn’t going to cite the actual statistics:
Religious-based hate crime comprised about 20 percent of the total. The FBI data shows Jewish people and institutions were most frequently targeted, accounting for 58.1 percent of religious-based hate crime incidents. Muslims were the second most frequent target, at 18.6 percent.CBC News, November 13, 2018
Hate crimes against Jews outnumber crimes against Muslims by over three to one. There are 3.45 million Muslims in the U.S., and between 4.2 and 5.3 million Jews (or more, depending on your definition of “Jewish“). But let’s go with the lower, number, since it’s obvious that attacks have been directed mostly against Jewish places of worship and gathering–and that means religious Jews.
Rep. Omar’s tweet condemns only “religious hate” while the biggest increase is in crimes targeting Jews. This is hardly a full-throated condemnation of anti-Semitism, especially since the number of Muslims in America is increasing much more rapidly than the population of Jews, while the hate crimes against Jews are increasing far more rapidly than against Muslims.
Another reason that I don’t believe Omar’s sentiment is that she actively supports and defends organizations that train up children to kill Jews. Omar gave a keynote in March at CAIR in Los Angeles, at an event headlined “Advancing Justice, empowering Valley Muslims.”
Also in March, the House of Representatives, of which Omar is a member, voted to “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry”–a watered down response to Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets featuring one trope about Jews “it’s all about the Benjamins.” It has always been Omar’s constant attacks on Israel, on Jews, and on “dual loyalty” of Jewish members of Congress that have ignited controversy.
Hamas and its fellow travelers promote killing of Israeli soldiers and civilians alike. These organizations send their people to indiscriminately stab, shoot and blow up Jews.
Hamas praised the attack [against Israeli citizens], calling it “a natural reaction to the crimes of the occupation against Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestinian prisoners” held by Israel. Islamic Jihad spokesman said the organization “congratulates those who comitted [sic] it.”Haaretz, March 19, 2019
How far a stretch is it from congratulating killers of innocent Jews in Israel, to the killers of innocent orthodox Jews–many of whom make Aliyah to Israel, whose children serve in the IDF–in California?
These are the organizations linked to CAIR; these are the organizations Rep. Omar supports. How she can support groups that cheer when Jews are killed, while tweeting how her heart is broken when Jews are killed, boggles the mind.
I simply don’t believe her.