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Media hypocrisy puts pressure on Arabs but now Israeli activists

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During the height of the 2012 Israeli war against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Ilhan Omar published a tweet that read, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel”

Omar’s comment reflected the anger many Arabs and Muslims around the world felt towards the government of Israel, which had intentionally started that conflict by killing dozens of Palestinian activists including Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari.

Israel launched a barrage of more than 1,500 high powered missiles (all donated by American taxpayers) and killed more than 293 Palestinians during the week-long fighting before a ceasefire was called by both sides.

But back then, Omar, a Muslim immigrant from Somalia, was only an employee of the Minnesota Department of Health and none of Israel’s big guns bothered with her.

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After completing a year long investigation into the 2012 conflict, the Israeli Human Rights groups B’Tselem challenged Israel’s assertions that it had surgically targeted militants and avoided injuring non-combatant civilians, proving it had attacked anything that moved during the weeklong assault.

Today, however, Omar is the Congresswoman for Minnesota filling the seat previously held by Muslim American Congressman Keith Ellison and she holds a lot of power. She is one of two Muslim women elected to Congress, the other being Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib. Tlaib and Omar have raised public awareness of Israel’s military attacks and oppression of Palestinians both in Gaza and in the West Bank and that is causing Israel some PR grief.

So pro-Israel columnists with dual loyalties including writers and editors at powerful........

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