Thomas Friedman’s recent statements on CNN regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar is an example of why the New York Times should not be referred to as the “paper of record.” On the contrary, the New York Times should be referred to as the paper of lies or the paper of fake news.
Did Thomas Friedman actually believe that Rep. Ilhan Omar could have been a “bridge builder” between Muslims and Jews? Perhaps Friedman did not consider that Omar comes from Somalia, one of the most radical and anti-Semitic Muslim countries on the planet. A country that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, and a country that sanctions Jew-hatred.
This kind of open idiocy and misinformation is typical of Thomas Friedman. Friedman is completely clueless about the kind of Islamic anti-Semitism that Rep. Ilhan Omar was raised in. He is also perhaps the most anti-Zionist Jew (along with the grotesque Peter Beinart) in the mainstream media, and routinely libels Israel for defending itself against Palestinian terrorists.
The anti-Israel Friedman would go on to spew more nonsense during this segment on CNN. Friedman stated that there are “constructive ways to be critical of AIPAC right now.” Why? Is it because AIPAC has not been timid enough for Friedman, when trying to defend Israel against the BDS movement? He also stated that the Somali immigrant community has added “their voices and their richness and their culture” to Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. Like what? Sharia, Jihad, and anti-Semitism?
Friedman would go on to bash President Trump for defunding Palestinian schools. Friedman conveniently failed to mention that these “schools” are inciting hatred of Jews and glorifying Jihad against Israel. Friedman also complained that the U.S is not providing aid to Tunisia. He called Tunisia “the one Arab democracy.” However, he did not mention that Tunisia is a country that engages in human rights violations and has a record of banning Jewish people from entering the country. He called Jordan an “Island of decency,” despite the fact that Jordan limits free speech, criminalizes criticism of Islam, and has an abysmal record of violating the human rights of Jordanian women. Thomas Friedman is a liar and a moron.
There is only one country that is an island of decency in the Middle East. That country is Israel. A country that Friedman routinely slanders in the New York Times and on CNN.
“She was perfectly poised to be a bridge builder between Muslims and Jews, between Arabs and Israelis. … She has come to be a bridge destroyer,” New York Times columnist Tom Friedman tells @smerconish about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s controversial Israel comments https://t.co/msphDlebuV pic.twitter.com/sqIzxmCEWI
— CNN (@CNN) March 9, 2019
“New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman: Ilhan Omar Is a ‘Bridge-Destroyer,’” by Katherine Rodriguez, Breitbart, March 9, 2019:
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman told CNN’s Smerconish on Saturday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) did nothing to build bridges with Jews and Muslims after her recent anti-Semitic comments about Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Friedman said that while Omar had the opportunity to “build bridges” between the Jewish and Somali-Muslims who reside in her district, she squandered that opportunity by repeatedly pushing forth anti-Semitic tropes.
“Ilhan Omar represents, I believe, the biggest Jewish community in the whole upper Midwest,” Friedman told CNN in a Saturday interview. “She represents that community. She also represents a Somali immigrant community that’s come to our city since then and added their voices and their richness and their culture.”
“She was perfectly poised to be a bridge-builder between Muslims and Jews, between Arabs and Israelis,” Friedman continued. “And rather than come to Washington and be a bridge-builder, she has come to be a bridge-destroyer.”
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