Here is the problem with Omar’s statements.
She is not forthright in actually offering a specific criticism against a specific politician who has, in her mind, been influenced by “Benjamins” to take a position in support of Israel. She does not provide a specific example of a person showing “dual allegiance.”
Lacking a specific example, one cannot understand, precisely, what she is criticizing.
What does she mean by “allegiance?” It is a disturbing word to use in this context.
Let me provide another example, to illustrate why I’m disturbed.
I have no Mexican heritage or ancestry. Let’s say that I go to a soccer match, USA vs Mexico. And I dress in green, white, and red and cheer for Mexico. A Trump supporter might think me weird or even unpatriotic, but would never imply — much less state — that I had “allegiance” to Mexico.
But what if I were a “dreamer” from Mexico, brought to the USA by my Mexican parents. And then I get my picture taken in the Rose Bowl, cheering for Mexico. A great many Trump supporters would derisively claim that I had “allegiance” to Mexico (and presumably, therefore, should not be rewarded with legal status, much less citizenship).
So when Omar gives no examples and names no names, to whom is she referring when she speaks of people with “dual ALLEGIANCE?”
Is she speaking of Newt Gingrich? I don’t think that she’d use that word. Perhaps he supports Israel because of “Benjamins,” but he doesn’t do so out of “allegiance.” How about all the Evangelical Christians who support Israel? Would Omar claim they do so out of “allegiance?” I don’t think that’s the word she’d use. When you think of Christians who support the conquest of Arabs, you think of imperialistic outsiders (i.e. Crusaders), conquering the Holy Land to fulfill gentile religious prophesy; you don’t think of people with personal “allegiance.”
So, no. Omar wasn’t referring to “Zionists.” She was — specifically — referring to Jews. Only she didn’t cite specific examples, which could allow for counter argument or refutation. It was generalized innuendo. Against Jews.
And that’s what made it anti-Semitic.