In early May 2019, social media users began sharing posts claiming that US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), one of the two Muslim women currently working in the US Congress , has issued a tweet, "If Israel is so innocent, then why insist on being a Jew? "19659002] Many of the offices made pejorative statements about Omar accusing them of being" anti-Semitic "and" anti-American, "for example, and advocated that they be" excluded from Congress ":
IIhan Omar Do you insist on being a Jew? "Https://t.co/IlA1DhSU1S about @TheBabylonBee
– DarTell) 0v0 ((@DarTell) May 6, 2019
Ilhan Omar: If Israel is so innocent, why do they exist then to be Jewish? "Https://t.co/EHG1YC1eo8 @TheBabylonBee Muslims admit they want Jews to be GONE! This woman should be excluded from Congress, her hatred for NON Muslims is Unacceptable!
– Michelle Turner (@ Michelle2619731) May 6, 2019
Why are you an incestuous anti-American, anti-Semitic Islamist Because that's what you are, just as the Jews are, who are being attacked in their country! -> Ilhan Omar: If Israel is so innocent, why do they insist on being J? ews? & # 39; https: //t.co/RUwNqG5tfm [19659002-OMJ3Dmolṑnlabéن♞✟(@jabob99) May 7, 2019
Most posts on Twitter and Facebook are linked to an article on the website vo n Babylon Bee, who originally published the play with the alleged quote on May 6, 2019:
WASHINGTON, DC – When Israel responded with air strikes on over 600 missiles fired at them from the Gaza Strip, many defended it as legitimate Act defense. Representative Ilhan Omar opposed this view and said on Twitter about Israel: "If they are so innocent, why are they Jews?"
Omar pointed out how many in Israel continue in the extremely hostile act of Jewish and provoke all the people around them. "They want people to feel sorry for them," Omar said, "but they're out there every day and are Jews, it's almost as if they mock everyone."
Although it's an outraged constituency of believers The quote and the article from which it originates are completely fictitious.The Babylon Bee, which claims itself as "your trustworthy source of Christian news satire," publishes only satirical content that addresses a conservative Christian readership. [InthiscasethesitewantedtoridiculeOmar'sresponsetotheescalationofviolenceintheGazaStrip("ThestatusquooftheoccupationandthehumanitariancrisisintheGazaStripisnotsustainable"shetweeted (19459007) and stressed the Palestinians' distress) by attributing barely coherent anti-Semitic quotes to them. "At the beginning of the year, Omar was accused by members of both parties of" anti-Semitic trop en "to criticize the influence of Israel on US policy. However, it has not made public statements similar to those in the article by Babylon Bee.
Unfortunately, satire is often not recognizable as such in social media posts, which rarely carry the appropriate disclaimers, as well as on blogs and websites (eg, CNMNewz), the articles from websites like The Babylon Bee without making the readers aware that they are satirical. Under such conditions, the distinction between satire and misinformation is virtually meaningless.