Anti-Israel Protesters Project Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Face, #BDS, and ‘It’s All About the Benjamins’ on AIPAC Building

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protesters projected Rep. Ilhan Omar’s face along with “it’s all about the Benjamins” and “Free Palestine” on the side of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) building in DC on the eve of their annual conference kicking off.

There are multiple groups planning to protest during the three day long conference including the “Jewish Resistance,” a group called Al-Awda — who reportedly provides support to terror groups like Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and anti-war advocacy organization Code Pink.

It remains unclear at this time who was behind Saturday night’s projection, but photos of the messages were posted to Twitter by a woman who goes by the name “Veti.”

She repeatedly tweeted photos of the projection at Rep. Omar, saying that it was “for her.”

“For you @IlhanMN love you and support you. Pic from Washington DC, anti AIPAC protest,” the account tweeted.

Rep. Omar has been the subject of severe controversy over comments she has made about AIPAC and Israel, including the phrase projected on the building.

In February, Rep. Omar tweeted that support for Israel in the United States was “all about the Benjamins.”

Forward journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon responded by saying “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted.”

In reply, Omar wrote: “AIPAC!”

AIPAC responded with a statement that said, “We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”

The tweet quickly drew condemnation from Rep. Max Rose, a freshman member of Congress from New York and a Jewish combat veteran, who wrote that “implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive.”


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