In March 2019, Deborah Lipstadt weighed in on comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar in which she accused pro-israel Americans of having an ‘allegiance to a foreign country’. Lipstadt acknowledged she believed the statement constituted anti-Semitism.
The White House on Friday announced its nomination of Deborah Lipstadt to serve in the State Department as ambassador to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. However, the historian’s older statements have surfaced, where she once criticised Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments on israel.
In March 2019 the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University waded in on the debate over comments made by Omar a month earlier, reported the Washington Free Beacon.
The Minnesota Rep. had stirred controversy over tweets that critics branded as anti-Semitic, including one dated 2012 in which she said Israel had “hypnotised the world”.
On that occasion, Omar was attending a panel discussion regarding anti-Semitism allegations made against her.
When Lipstadt was asked in an interview with Jewish Insider on 5 March 2019 whether Ilhan Omar’s statement constituted anti-Semitism, she responded:
While the Minnesota Representative had denied her comments were anti-Semitic, Lipstadt added:
Ilhan Omar was forced to fend off a barrage of accusations of anti-Semitism after taking office in January, 2019. Her comments, such as a tweet in 2012 where she wrote that “Israel…