Where does legitimate and objective criticism of Israel end and anti-Semitism begin? The line isn't an especially fine one, but the boundary does seem to confound those who regularly cross it. At least, that's their face-saving claim. Few are supposedly clumsier at navigating this divide than Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Their defenders insist that these congresswomen are being singled out only by those who decline to distinguish critiques of the Jewish state from attacks on Jews. But these representatives have erred in precisely the same way too many times for their statements and actions to be coincidental.
The effort to expose Rep. Omar's anti-Semitic comments is made easier by the fact that she's admitted to and apologized for some of them. "Israel has hypnotized the world," the congresswoman wrote in 2012 amid Israeli strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. "May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel."