Ilhan Omar, the Democratic representative in Congress for a suburban district in Minneapolis, has long been advocating for the removal of “disinformation” from public discourse concerning pertinent issues.
However, this policy seems to be only applicable to “disinformation” which she personally disagrees with. This was made evident over the weekend when she spread false information regarding the war between Hamas and Israel which began a week ago.
According to Israeli Defense Force reports, an estimated 1,200 people were killed in the initial attack by Hamas terrorists including babies who were decapitated.
In response to this tragedy, Omar posted an image of children lying dead on a floor wrapped in white with accompanying text indicating 614 Palestinian children had been murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces.
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Constitutional expert and legal commentator Jonathan Turley noted that Omar has long been a leading proponent of censorship and speech regulations in order to combat disinformation.
Her recent offense was posting a picture purportedly showing children killed by Israeli forces, when in reality it was from a 2013 sarin gas attack in Ghouta, Syria.
Turley argued that this incident should serve as an example of how free speech allows for its own disinfectant – bad speech is countered by better speech as the public judges what is true and what is false.
The New York Post reported on Omar’s post after fellow Democratic Socialist Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned about the high level of misinformation circulating online concerning the Israel-Hamas war.
The level of misinformation in all directions at this moment is incredibly high, especially on this platform.
If you see a claim, photo, or video that triggers a strong emotional reaction, take a moment to pause and check for veracity/confirmation from multiple sources.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 13, 2023
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee addressed Representative Omar, stating that “spreading misinformation blaming Israel for the deaths of children in Syria a decade ago is dangerous and irresponsible.”