I've written a feature on Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-born US congresswoman, who's drawn praise and criticism since her election in November 2018 https://t.co/m03J5Ste71— Toby Luckhurst (@TobyLuckhurst) February 15, 2019
Toby Luckhurst BBC twitter Ilhan Omar: Who is Minnesota's Somalia-born congresswoman?
The BBC’s Toby Luckhurst; (me neither) Google gives the impression he’s ‘Twitter’s Toby Luckhurst' rather than the Beeb’s since his work seems to be mainly in the form of Tweets.
Anyway, the BBC has given him a platform to express his admiration for Ilhan Omar, Minnesota’s newly elected Somali-American, hijab-wearing, antisemitic Democratic congresswoman.
I was alerted to this puff piece by D.B., who Tweeted a question to the writer on behalf of many of us.
Why have you cited a Guardian article supporting Omar? You don't link to any journalists criticial of her. Interesting use of loaded language on her behalf too - she gave "a powerful rebuke", she "fired back". & you finish by giving her the last word - playing the Muslim card.
Toby Luckhurst’s article shows that the fabric in the BBC’s cloak of impartiality is getting increasingly threadbare.
Ilhan Omar: Who is Minnesota's Somalia-born congresswoman?
Luckhurst has pitched the article in the style of an educational resource - Perhaps the BBC sees it as one of those “all you need to know” pieces that they favour. (Educating, informing and entertaining the masses.)
It’s divided into three sections, with, at number one: “Who is Ilhan Omar?” - “What do her fans think?” at number two, and last but not least, at number three “What do critics say?”.
This (concluding) section is lengthy but please don't be fooled. It doesn’t signify impartiality. Not at all; because a large proportion of it covers her apologies and excuses for her inadvertent (“innocent face”) transgressions and "mistakes". The author might believe that a section featuring criticism of Omar is enough to provide the requisite balance, but as DB points out, the language he uses throughout belies this.
The first two sections are virtually elegiac. 'Diversity!' and 'Racial disadvantage triumphs over racist white privilege’ is the none too subtle message.
"A refugee girl came here and achieved the American dream," Somali refugee Awmam Mahdi told the BBC.
Never mind the antisemitism and chronic “Israelophobia.” Her victory over the “181-year ban on headwear in the House of Representatives, allowing her to wear a hijab for her oath of office, and holds a place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee” is apparently regarded as progress for some reason.
I don’t think Luckhurst will have read 'I was forced to wear a hijab. It wasn’t liberating Why World Hijab Day is an insult to girls like me' by Soutiam Goodarzi, (Spectator(£) otherwise he might not have promoted this as an unequivocal and progressive triumph.
And Omar’s support for BDS is accepted uncritically, even though many of us see it as an abomination; both deeply antisemitic and an inherently hypocritical position for any users of Israeli-invented and manufactured medical and technological resources.
Her overt antisemitism is brushed aside by linguistic sleight of hand:
“She was embroiled in controversy over tweets which some have claimed are anti-Semitic.”
That’s straight out of the BBC’s weaselly “Israel says” formula.
Some have claimed......
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #”
is antisemitic? Just a claim, then.
As DB has also pointed out, the only article that has been extensively quoted by Luckhurst is an opinion piece in the Guardian by a critic of Israel, and for those extra Brownie points, a notorious “asaJew”
Just from the last few weeks, the pro-Israel press provides a metaphorical bottomless pit of critical articles from which the author could have dipped into just to provide a modicum of balance to this would-be backgrounder.
Times of Israel: Jewish money behind US support Israel.
Washington Beacon ‘Hateful and Offensive’: Omar Slammed by Fellow Democrats for Saying Israel Support Is Bought by AIPAC
Washington Free Beacon Obama Ambassador to Israel: Omar Should Be Condemned by All Democrats for ‘Outrageous Comments’
Washington Free Beacon Former KKK Grand Wizard Defends Omar Tweets
Washington Examiner In rare vote, House sends a message on anti-Semitism to Ilhan Omar
This is but a mere handful of alarming information about Ilhan Omar's conduct, all picked up via Elder of Ziyon. But there's much more of the same out there, for those of a curious disposition.