Mar. 25, 2019
It might seem natural for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)’s Los Angeles chapter to invite Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to speak at a fundraising dinner.
CAIR is predominantly a conservative Sunni-run political organization, and Omar is one of two Muslim women recently elected to Congress. She chooses to wear a hijab, conforming with conservative Islamic ideology.
But she also has endured a series of controversies about antisemitic comments, which she claims are simple statements criticizing Israel. Israel “hypnotized the world” to hide its “evil deeds,” she wrote in 2012. American support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins, baby,” she wrotelast month. And as a Congresswoman, she feels pressured “to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country.”
That’s a trifecta of antisemitism.
CAIR and its officials have stood by Omar, sayingthat she has exhibited “courage in speaking the truth about Israel’s racial, religious and ethnic segregation,” and taken a “courageous and principled stance” against the “Israeli Lobby.”
But what drives CAIR’s opposition to the “Israeli lobby” and just about all other things related to Israel?