A Jewish organization criticized Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and the New York Times on Wednesday to promote the idea that Jesus was a Palestinian.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center reacted angrily to Omar & # 39; s retweet on April 20 from a professor at Southern Methodist University.
& # 39; I was once asked by a relative who is a Palestinian Christian, why Christian law in America largely supports their oppression, & # 39 ;, tweeted Omar Suleiman, a deputy professor of Islamic studies.
& # 39; Don't they know we are Christians too? Do they even consider us human?
& # 39; Do they not know that Jesus was a Palestinian? & # 39;
Suleiman referred to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, which she recorded during the 1967 Six-Day War.
House Rep. Ilhan Omar (left), the Democrat from Minnesota, was criticized by Rabbi Abraham Cooper (right) of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
Omar retweeted a Twitter post by a professor, Omar Suleiman from Southern Methodist University, who suggested that & # 39; Jesus was a Palestinian & # 39;
Cooper also objected to an opinion piece written in the Times by Eric V. Copage.
The opinion mode, printed on Good Friday, was headed: & # 39; As a black child in Los Angeles, I could not understand why Jesus had blue eyes. & # 39;
The passage from Copage, which made Cooper angry, read: & As I grew older, I discovered that the light-skinned image of Jesus with blue eyes adorned stained glass windows and altars for centuries in churches in the United States and Europe.
& # 39; But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin. & # 39;
Cooper slammed Omar and the Times and told the Greater Los Angeles Jewish newspaper that it was a & # 39; grotesque insult to Jesus, born in the land of Israel and Christianity & # 39; to suggest that he was a Palestinian.
"Palestine was a name formed by Romans after they had crucified thousands, destroyed the holy temple in Jerusalem, and banished the people of Israel from their own lands," Cooper said.
Just three months after she was sworn in as one of the two first-year Muslim congress women, Omar is a lightning rod of controversies for comments that some think are anti-Semitic.
Last week it learned that two Democrats refused to accept gifts from Omar because of her controversial remarks about Israel.
Dan McCready, running for the vacant seat of the house in the Ninth Congress District of North Carolina, confirmed on Twitter that he had returned a $ 2000 donation to Omar on March 30.
Just three months after she was sworn in, Omar was a lightning rod of controversies for comments that some thought were anti-Semitic. The tweet above from February was interpreted by some as saying that money-backed Jews supported US support for Israel
Omar made the donation to McCready on November 6, according to WSOC-TV.
McCready tweeted: & # 39; Some people ask why I return the donation from Rep. Omar directed.
& # 39; I did this weeks ago because I strongly disagree with anti-Semitic comments.
& # 39; Since this time, dangerous and hateful attacks against her have begun.
& # 39; I condemn in the strongest terms the hateful rhetoric against her, the Muslim community and people of color.
& # 39; Too many people have been hurt by our broken policy.
& # 39; We must put an end to hate speech against all people and groups. & # 39;
McCready is running a special election for the vacant seat later this year.
In November, he ran and lost to Republican Mark Harris, but government officials refused to certify the result because of massive voter fraud.
Last week House Rep. Lucy McBath (left) from Georgia and Dan McCready (right), who runs to the vacant seat of the house in the Ninth Congress District of North Carolina, returning donations to their campaigns by Omar
Another democrat, House Rep Lucy McBath from Georgia, also refused to accept a $ 2,000 campaign contribution to the Minnesota Congressman.
The campaign told the Atlanta Journal constitution that it rejected the donation, although no reason was given.
McBath, which represents the sixth congress district of Georgia, includes areas with relatively dense Jewish populations.
Omar divided the Democrats with her claim, later withdrawn, that the money Jews buy the support of American lawmakers with a strategy that has everything to do with the baby Benjamins & # 39 ;.
Then she resumed the controversy when she said supporters of Israel were forcing American politicians & # 39; loyalty & # 39; to that nation.
A fight broke out between the older, powerful, more moderate Jewish members of Congress who accused Omar of anti-Semitism and the younger, progressive members who stormed the House of Representatives after the elections in 2018 and defended Omar's right to speak.
But all of Omar's controversies have one thing in common: they have transferred the anger of the republicans to the democrats.
Her latest controversy was about statements she made and that were seen by the Republicans as a weakening of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Omar referred to the 9/11 attacks casually during a speech for an American Muslim group, saying & # 39; Some people have done something. & # 39;
Earlier this month, President Trump said he did not apologize to Omar for the criticism he had received after her comments from 9/11, and said that she & # 39; was very disrespectful to this country & # 39 ;, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of using the terrorist on September 11. attacks as a & # 39; political instrument & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Not at all & # 39 ;, the president said when asked if he had a second thought about a video he tweeted that the Minnesota Democrat demanded increased death threats to her life.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said he did not apologize to Omar for the criticism he had after her comments about 9/11
& # 39; Look, she has been very disrespectful towards this country. She has been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is someone who does not really understand life. Really, what it's all about, & he told KSTP, a television station in Minneapolis, during his visit to Minnesota earlier this month.
& # 39; It's unfortunate. She has a way around her, that's very, really, I think, for our country. I think she is extremely unpatriotic and very disrespectful to our country, & he added.
On his Twitter feed, Trump posted a video with images of the 9/11 attacks interspersed with excerpts from Omar's speech.
The video in question was fixed at the top of Trump's Twitter page, but is now just in its normal place in its feed.
& # 39; WE WILL NEVER TAKE IT & # 39 ;, he tweeted last week, accompanied by a 43-second video showing Omar & # 39; s comment during a speech to the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), interspersed with images of 11 September 2001.
In her speech for CAIR last month – the footage surfaced last week – Omar said: “We have lived far too long with the inconvenience of being a second-class citizen, and to be honest, I am tired of it and every Muslim in this country would be tired of it.
& # 39; CAIR was established after 9/11 because they acknowledged that some people were doing something and that we were all starting to lose access to our civil liberties. & # 39;
On April 12, President Trump tweeted & WE WILL NEVER NEED & # 39; with a video in which Omar showed that & # 39; some people did something & # 39 ;, speech from 9/11 with video about the disaster
As the controversial remarks reappeared, Omar defended what she said, with an example by George W. Bush who made similar remarks in the aftermath of the tragedy and marked the difference in response.
Omar has said that the furore surrounding the comments – which she thinks were taken out of context – stems from the fact that she is Muslim and not white.
& # 39; Was Bush trivialize the terrorist attack? What if he was a Muslim, & she asked on Twitter.
Omar, a 36-year-old freshman democrat and mother of three, said the president's tweets led to an increase in death threats, in particular a video he broadcasted on April 12.
& # 39; Since the president's tweet Friday night, I have seen an increase in immediate threats to my life – many directly referring to or responding to the president's video & # 39 ;, Omar said in a statement dated April 14.
& # 39; Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, let alone the supreme commander of our country. We are all Americans. This puts lives at risk. It must stop, & she said.