In her latest confrontation with anti-Semitism, The View host Whoopi Goldberg questioned whether Hamas and the Taliban are rightly considered terrorist organizations.
On Tuesday’s episode of The View, co-host Sunny Hostin praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s handling of progressive “Squad” member Ilhan Omar’s previous alleged anti-Semitic remarks, while Republican Kevin McCarthy says he’ll kick her off for commission assignments for them.
The Minnesota representative is under fire for promoting anti-Semitic tropes. In 2019, she tweeted that US politicians’ support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins baby,” a reference to a song about $100 bills.
Hostin also praised Omar’s apology for the 2019 comment, which she then read aloud on-air, adding that Omar “never said anything like that again.”
Last year, however, Omar suggested that the actions of Israel, the Taliban, Hamas and the United States are equivalent, which co-host Sara Haines pointed out to the group.
“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.” she wrote, referring to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban takeover. “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.”
Haines noted that Omar equated the actions of the US government and Israel with those of at least one designated terrorist organization.
As she so often does, Goldberg interrupted to say, “Depends who you’re talking to.”
The View host Whoopi Goldberg suggested it is a matter of opinion whether Hamas and the Taliban should be classified as “terrorist groups”
Co-host Sunny Hostin (left) defended Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who previously compared the US government and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas. Co-host Alyssa Farah (right), said she agrees with Kevin McCarthy’s desire to strip Omar of some committee commissions based on her alleged anti-Semitism
Co-host Sara Haines pointed out that Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization and that it bothered her that Omar would compare its actions to those of the US government and Israel
Hamas is one Designated by the US terrorist organization, and while the Afghan branch of the Taliban is not currently a designated terrorist group, the group’s state-sponsored violence, treatment of civilians (particularly women) and radical Islamism are consistent with its working definition of an organized terrorist group.
Hamas, a political terror group with a habit of using civilians as human shields, is backed by the Iranian regime and operates in the Gaza Strip, where group members routinely launch rockets from civilian centers, including schools and hospitals, into Israel.
Hamas terrorism is based on a deep hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.
It could be that members of Hamas and the Taliban would deny their official or de facto qualification as an “organized terrorist community,” but beyond those individuals, it’s unclear who Goldberg said would contest the label.
Goldberg’s claim came almost a year after her bold claim that the “Holocaust is not about race.”
The host’s comments led to a temporary suspension from her View hosting responsibilities, and while she eventually apologized, some questioned the sincerity of her response to the backlash.
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Goldberg said she was corrected, but added that during the Holocaust it was hard to decipher who was and who wasn’t Jewish just by looking.
“This was not based on skin. You couldn’t tell who was Jewish,’ she said.
“You had to dig deep and find out. My point is: they had to do the work,” she said, referring to the Nazi party, whose actions led to the extermination of more than 6 million Jews.
She added that a Jewish person does not necessarily have to run and hide in the street from a member of the KKK.
“If the Klan comes down the street and I’m standing with a Jewish friend, I’m going to run,” she said. “But if my friend decides not to run, they usually get passed. Because you can’t tell who’s Jewish.’
Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under repeated fire for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks and remarks comparing Israel and the United States to terrorist organizations
Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy has said if he becomes speaker he will kick Omar off committee assignments because of her history of allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
Goldberg was previously suspended from the daytime panel show for saying, then doubling down, believing the Holocaust wasn’t about race
Goldberg’s defense of Omar’s earlier remarks bolstered Hostin’s defense of the congressman against the ongoing attacks of Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy, who is likely to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, said in a statement that he wants Omar removed from several committee assignments for “anti-Semitism.”
He has also said he will remove Representatives Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff from their respective committee duties.
Omar responded to McCarthy’s plans by saying, “From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party had made it their mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism to get me on the House floor and by millions of dollars.” to attack campaign ads.”
McCarthy’s attempt to repeatedly berate me for contempt and hate – including threatening to remove me from my committee – does not lessen the problems our constituents face. It does nothing to address inflation or health care or solve the climate crisis,” she added.
Prior to her 2019 tweet, Omar spent her political youth cultivating a staunchly anti-Israel stance. In 2012, she tweeted that the Jewish home state “hypnotized the worldand prayed that “Allah will wake up the people and help them to see the evil deeds of Israel.”