U.S. politician Ilhan Omar apologises for 'anti-Semitic' tweet

Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2019

In another Sunday night tweet, Omar answered a journalist who questioned who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel".

Two Jewish congressional Democrats have asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to denounce Rep. Ilhan Omar after the Muslim congresswoman claimed Israel is so influential in Washington because "it's all about the Benjamins" - meaning Jewish money.

"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.

Omar had been criticized by Republicans and Democrats for saying on Twitter that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, was paying USA politicians to support Israel.

"But it speaks to a long-standing veiled anti-Semitism that many folks have talked about over the years, about Jews running things because they have money", Bolduan 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 US foreign policy in the Mideast.

U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has been critical of Omar and other Democrats' comments about Israel, calling them anti-Semitic.

Omar is one of the two first Muslim women to serve in Congress; the other is fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

Yesterday, Omar, a new congresswoman, suggested on Twitter that American politicians are influenced by a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, setting off a firestorm of criticisms from both sides of the aisle. Freshman Democrat Rep. Max Rose, from NY, tweeted her comments were "deeply hurtful to Jews".

"We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments", the statement read.

Omar's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. That referred to a Senate bill that would have permitted state and local governments to ban contracts with any companies or groups who support a boycott of Israel.

There is a reason that Ilhan Omar has resorted to anti-Semitic tropes in the the course of her brief public career so far. "Sincerely, American Jews", Ungar-Sargon wrote back to Omar, a statement that Clinton said she seconded.

Omar has yet to delete the offensive tweets.

McCarthy directly compared their comments, which Republicans have labeled anti-Semitic, to the recent comments by Rep. Steve King of Iowa when he told The New York Times, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?" "There is absolutely no place for this rhetoric in Congress - or anywhere", New Jersey Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer tweeted.

This story "Ilhan Omar Apologizes After Anti-Semitism Accusation" was written by Aiden Pink.

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