Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for tweets widely denounced as anti-Semitic

Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

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The chairman of that committee, Democrat Eliot Engel of NY, issued a statement calling Omar's comment "shocking", and he promised to "shine a light on the evil of anti-Semitism and the danger it poses".

Members of Omar's own party began calling her out publicly for her comments on Sunday night. Tlaib sparked controversy last month when she tweeted that those who wish to deter boycotts of Israel had "forgot [ten] what country they represent". Taken together, she appeared to suggest that Republican outrage was rooted in money.

While Omar apologized, she did not delete the tweets she was apologizing for.

In response, Batya Ungar-Sargon, an opinions editor at The Forward, criticised Omar, "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess".

Without specifying, she added, "That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted".

Ilhan Omar suggested in a tweet that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac ) was buying influence to promote United States pro-Israel policies. Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan called on Minnesota Democrats, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep.

Earlier Monday the Zionist Organization of America called for Omar's removal from committee assignments in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lawmakers from both parties accused Omar, through her tweets, of peddling the anti-Semitic trope that Jews control politics through money. "Silence is not an option here, no matter from whom the words are uttered", she said.

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AIPAC, which is not a political action committee, does not make campaign contributions to politicians, but its individual members can make donations, and the organisation spends millions on lobbying efforts for pro-Israel legislation every year.

"Please learn how to talk about Jews in a non-anti-Semitic way".

The statement released by Pelosi's office was issued on her behalf, along with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark. She said the statement came in the context of Israel's treatment of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Several Democrats and Republicans spoke out to say Omar's prejudicial accusations were wrong about why lawmakers support Israel, arguing that the support is based on shared values and strategic interests.

"We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments", they said in a statement.

Omar and fellow Muslim congressional freshman Rashida Tlaib's support for the boycott has opened a breach in the Democratic Party and threatens to create a fissure in the ironclad US-Israeli alliance.

Back in October, McCarthy posted a tweet that suggested three Jewish billionaire Democratic donors - George Soros, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg - were attempting to "buy" the 2018 midterm elections.

Others pointed out that numerous Republicans lashing out at Omar had promulgated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the past.

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