Ilhan Omar: Congresswoman accused of 'anti-Semitic' tweet

Ilhan Omar: Congresswoman accused of 'anti-Semitic' tweet

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota publicly apologized Monday after she faced backlash for tweets condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic.

"But Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive", it added.

"It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Representative Ilhan Omar's (MN) choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money", said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in a statement Monday. When Batya Ungar-Sargon of the Forward, a Jewish publication, asked Omar what source of money she was referring to, Omar responded, "AIPAC", meaning the influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

"Sure, it's common knowledge that Republicans will-I mean, they do take campaign contributions from everything, everyone and every corporate PAC money and gas and oil industry money and all of these things", Haaland said.

In a pair of tweets over the weekend, Omar criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

Omar on Monday stood by her criticism of the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", lumping in AIPAC with the pro-gun National Rifle Association and oil companies. "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it", Omar said.

Republicans demanded that Omar be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, arguing that she should not be part of a panel which considers USA foreign policy in the Mideast.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as well as other Democratic leaders-criticized fellow Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar for what they said in a statement were "anti-Semitic comments" the freshman congresswoman made on Twitter Sunday. She said the statement came in the context of Israel's treatment of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

This kind of intolerance has no place in Congress-or anywhere in American society. Freshman Democrat Rep. Max Rose, from NY, tweeted her comments were "deeply hurtful to Jews".

Omar's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Omar has repeatedly tweeted and retweeted remarks against Jews, Israel, and members of Congress supportive of them.

The resulting firestorm has mostly been composed of critics from both parties accusing Omar of consciously promulgating the ancient smear of wealthy Jews buying influence, and some defenders suggesting she's accurately describing AIPAC's vast power.

"It's now apparent to me that I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy in disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive", she tweeted last month. McCarthy suggested their positions on Israel were worse than the recent remarks from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that were denounced as racist. "In the face of that abdication of leadership, Republicans will take action this week to ensure the House speaks out against this hatred and stands with Israel and the Jewish people". In the Democratic Party - and in the United States of America - we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength.

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