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Israel’s US Lobby rocked by hate-filled tweets

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22.03.2019

One of the most influential donors to the powerful AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group will not be speaking at its annual conference this weekend after being taken to task for sending out a string of hate-filled tweets aimed at two of America’s rising Muslim politicians, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

This is not the first time arch-Zionist Adam Milstein has been caught out and reprimanded for hate-tweeting. In 2017, he was forced to apologise for tweeting an anti-semitic graphic targeting liberal Jewish philanthropist George Soros. The image served to fuel speculation about a growing affinity between the anti-Semitic far right and Israel’s staunchest backers. Journalist Max Blumenthal exposed the offensive Milstein tweet, which depicted the face of Soros superimposed on an octopus straddling the globe.

According to Haaretz, Milstein – the chair of the Israeli American Council – reckons his latest tweets have been taken out of context and “mischaracterised.” In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency he said that he would not, as a result, be attending as a moderator at this weekend’s AIPAC conference. “My social media postings represent my views — and my views alone. I have no interest in allowing this mischaracterisation of me to distract from the important work of AIPAC. For this reason, I will not be moderating a panel at this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference.”

It is, as yet, unclear if Milstein was pushed or jumped for the offensive tweets which have clearly caused unrest among AIPAC members. A spokesman for the group, Marshall Wittmann, said that Milstein’s views were not those of AIPAC. He insisted in an email that Milstein “is not a representative of AIPAC and his views are not ours.”

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The tweets attempted to connect Somali-born Congresswomen Omar and American Palestinian Tlaib to the Muslim Brotherhood, citing little or no evidence. “The Muslim Brotherhood is now part of Congress,” he said in one tweet. “New Reps. like @IlhanMN @RashidaTlaib,” he claimed in another, “are known as #AntiSemitic and Anti........

© Middle East Monitor