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Ilhan Omar

Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has become a gift to Republicans and a favorite on Fox News. She seems to be unaware of anti-Semitic tropes and stumbles into repeated, ugly slurs against Jews. Many Democrats defend her and an awkward attempt to condemn her statements was so watered down in the House that it was laughable.

Editorial cartoonists have a special responsibility regarding anti-Semitic clichés given the history of Nazi cartoons leading up to the Holocaust. At we have received many ugly cartoon tropes from worldwide cartoonists over the years, particularly from Arabic language cartoonists and Latin American cartoonists.  When I talk to the cartoonists about it, they tell me that they were unaware, that it wasn’t their intent; they are generally happy to take the cartoons down and they tell me they appreciate being told about why their cartoons were offensive to an American audience. The most common images depict a Star of David representing Judaism, rather than the Israeli Flag representing Israel, and use images that equate Jews with Nazis, that show Jews crucifying Palestinians as they “crucified Christ,” Jews as rats, as spiders, Jews killing babies, or like vampires drinking baby blood – the whole Nazi panoply of Der Stürmer clichés in cartoons gets repeated frequently around the world, and these cartoonists aren’t used to hearing any push-back from their local readers. Nancy Pelosi seems to see it in the same way with Omar, who Pelosi thinks simply wasn’t aware and hasn’t been educated about the bigotry.

Whatever the reasons are behind Omar’s ugly comments, she is a gift to Republicans, Trump and Fox News. My cartoon from last week shows Democrats wrapped up in Omar’s hijab, to the delight of Republicans.



Here are some more Omar favorites from last week. This one is from Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune …

This is from RJ Matson


This is from Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch …


This one is from Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle …


This is from Taylor Jones


And this one is from Dave Granlund


By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post. For the past 35 years, Daryl has been one of America’s most prolific cartoonists.

9 replies on “Ilhan Omar”

The cartoon from RJ Matson was particularly poignant in that censoring Omar will never change her true feelings. She IS an anti-Semitic bigot and will always have not only those terrible thoughts, but also will speak out about them.

Mr. Cagle, your clear political bias hangs out. Israel shot hundreds of protestors and killed 50 on the day of the embassy move. Netanyahu is the first Prime minister to be indicted for felonies. The aid the US sends to Israel is illegal according to American law. The UN accuses Israel of War crimes- the same UN that created Israel.
These are all facts, so I expect them to be deleted, allowing you full information control
Proverbs 13:24
3Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but without justice it is swept away.
24He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

You’ve fallen into the same trap as many. It is *not* antisemitic to criticize the apartheid policies of the Israeli government, and their brutal treatment of the Palestinians. I’m out of here and am unsubscribing.

Palestinians Have No Rights Which Zionist Are Bound to Respect

Calling out Israel for crimes against humanity is not antisemitism, it’s calling out Israel for crimes against humanity.

Calling someone anti-Semitic is merely an attempt to silence Israel’s critics for calling out the evil being visited upon the Palestinian people since 1948.

Israel is an evil genocidal rogue nation, peace will only come when all citizen of Israel are granted full citizenship and civil rights.

2 Kings 5:20-27

I agree with comments by Bridges, Prince and Marine. I love satire and I love cartoons, and your description of editorial feedback to cartoons seems to be a task that needs doing. However, the cartoons you feature to make your point offend me. Why? Because they make the same error that you do: conflating criticism of AIPAC and Netanyahu’s government with anti-semitism. Are you not ashamed by Israel’s occupation and suppression of Palestinians? Do you sucker for the evangelical belief that moving our embassy to Jerusalem somehow fulfills some prophecy? Do you worry that US “aid” goes mostly to military purpose? Does it make you gag that many of our politicians move to gag any protest against the humanitarian disasters of the Palestinians? That the US vetoes UN expressions of conscience? Look in a mirror, Mr. Cagle, to see if you are proud of your answers to these questions. Then, write another column telling us if you have changed.

I am wondering if the depictions of the hajib is also not a provocative trope. Many of anti-Semitic tropes are not Nazi but ancient European hatred and bigotry propelled in to the latest headlines. The directions of Arabs with bombs or explosives is permissible?

Sorry, by Congresswoman Omar is very anti-Semitic.

She also appears to hate a lot of other people groups (I am a Italian-American white male and definitely do not feel any love from her).

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. We must support it. It is the best hope for bringing democracy to the Middle East.

for a long time I was on the side of those who opposed Israels brutal treatment of the Palestinians, but I realized that too much of it was verging into the antisemitic and chose to be neutral instead. Lets face it the arguments of Israeli people that they need to defend themselves are pretty strong.

Whichever side you choose a political oubliette for everybody.

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