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Ilhan Omar's Critics Have Little to Say About Jim Jordan's Anti-Semitic Tweet
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=25345"><span class="small">Zack Ford, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 13:49

Ford writes: "Fresh off his fiery display at the Michael Cohen hearing last week, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is under fire for tweeting an anti-Semitic trope at a fellow member of Congress who is Jewish."

Jim Jordan. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Jim Jordan. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)


Ilhan Omar's Critics Have Little to Say About Jim Jordan's Anti-Semitic Tweet

By Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

05 March 19


The double standard is opaque.

resh off his fiery display at the Michael Cohen hearing last week, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is under fire for tweeting an anti-Semitic trope at a fellow member of Congress who is Jewish.

Responding to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who announced Sunday that the House Judiciary Committee would seek documents from some 60 individuals in Trump’s orbit as part of its investigation, Jordan accused Nadler of agreeing with California billionaire Tom Steyer that President Donald Trump should be impeached. But Jordan spelled Steyer’s name with a dollar sign:

Both Nadler and Steyer are Jewish, prompting many to quickly call out the tweet as anti-Semitic.

Nadler himself called out the tweet as such on Monday morning:

Others who pointed out the anti-Semitic trope included author Amy Siskind and the co-founder of the progressive Jewish organization IfNotNow, Max Berger:

In addition to calling out the anti-Semitism, many also were quick to juxtapose Jordan’s tweet with recent statements made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that have also been characterized as anti-Semitic. Omar has challenged the notion of what it means to be “pro-Israel” and criticized those who turn a blind eye to Israel’s occupation in the West Bank and Gaza while accepting money and support from The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Indeed, Omar was called out yet again last week when she described such “political influence” as a “push for allegiance to a foreign country.” This, AIPAC and others suggested, invoked the anti-Semitic myth of “dual loyalty,” which implies that American Jews should not be trusted.

In a tweet thread Sunday, Omar rejected the accusations of anti-Semitism, noting, “My Americanness is questioned by the President and @GOP on a daily basis, yet my colleagues remain silent.”

There is a double standard, many pointed out, that the same people willing to gang up on Omar are silent about Jordan. Moreover, if Omar had tweeted something like “$teyer,” the response would have been much more significant.

The Jewish Worker, a progressive outlet, has been compiling examples of how the very people criticizing Omar since last month have their own history of racist and specifically anti-Semitic comments. This weekend, they added Jordan to their list:

As the Jewish Worker’s thread indicates, Jordan is hardly the only lawmaker who joined the chorus criticizing Omar, but who has also made his own anti-Semitic statements. Last October, then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) had to delete a tweet similarly suggesting Steyer and other prominent Jewish donors were going to “BUY this election!” Last year, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) invited a Holocaust denier with a long history of racist and anti-Semitic statements as his guest to the State of the Union address.

IfNotNow, which is committed to ending support for Israel’s occupation, offered ThinkProgress a follow-up statement about Jordan’s tweet. “We believe that it is anti-Semitic, and should be widely condemned — especially by anyone who has denounced Ilhan Omar in recent weeks,” the group said. “His tweet clearly implies that Jewish billionaires are controlling Democratic politicians.”

The organization pointed out that Jordan has not received the same “wall-to-wall coverage and condemnation” as Omar, which demonstrates “the racism and Islamophobia she faces.” Noting the double standard, they asked, “Will Trump and Pence call for Jordan’s resignation as well?”

Jordan has not yet deleted his tweet nor responded to any of the criticism about it.

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+2 # SenorN 2019-03-06 00:54
Perhaps there's a history of spelling Jewish names with a dollar sign, in which case I'd accept that Jordan's action might have been consciously anti-Semitic, but otherwise my natural assumption would be that using a dollar sign to spell the name of a multi-billionai re was a reference to his money, not his ethnicity. Am I naive or are we prone to jump to sensational conclusions these days? (PS: I despise Jordan as complicit in defending the Liar-in-Chief.)
 
 
+1 # tidyidy 2019-03-07 08:54
Yes. You're naive.
 
 
+3 # tedrey 2019-03-06 07:42
I'm sincerely confused. How does suggesting someone is rich equate with calling him Jewish? And how does calling him Jewish belittle him? This response seems to validate the prejudice, which should be avoided. What am I missing?
 
 
+2 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2019-03-07 14:30
Quoting tedrey:
I'm sincerely confused. How does suggesting someone is rich equate with calling him Jewish? And how does calling him Jewish belittle him?


Perhaps you’ve forgotten what you were taught in European History classes. Handling money (lending it, charging interest) were considered sinful for centuries. The only people who would do that despicable job were the Jews, who were also heavily persecuted throughout “Christian” Europe for having killed Jesus. Well, as we all know, handling money is much more lucrative than being a merchant or a soldier so the Jews amassed a large amount of money in part because they were forbidden by law to spend it freely. So they used that money to found banks. People have always envied and hated the super rich and that was doubly true for Jews.

Unfortunately, that hatred persisted well into the 20th century and as American White Nationalists have demonstrated, the 21st as well.
 
 
+7 # ddd-rrr 2019-03-06 08:14
Well, hey, Jordan is a notorious "JERK", and Republicanism has
become a synonym for "HYPOCRISY" -- so what else should
we reasonably expect from either of them, but this...?
 
 
+10 # they said what? 2019-03-06 09:35
Criticizing the actions of Israel is not inherently anti-Semitic, but using a racist cliché to criticize the actions of a Jewish person is.