Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ilhan Omar addresses anti-Semitic tweets: 'I unequivocally apologize'

Ilhan Omar addresses anti-Semitic tweets: 'I unequivocally apologize'

Asked on Twitter who she thought was paying members of Congress to support Israel, Omar responded, "AIPAC!".

I very recently defended Omar and her fellow Muslim representative, Rashida Tlaib, against McCarthy's attacks, but I can not countenance her attribution of pro-Israeli attitudes, within and beyond the Republican Party, to the "Jewish lobby", however it's defined.

Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Elaine Luria are gathering signatures on a letter asking Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and other senior Democrats to confront Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib, also a new congresswoman from MI, by "reiterating our rejection of anti-Semitism and our continued support for the State of Israel". Taken together, she appeared to suggest that Republican outrage was rooted in money.

"Listening and learning, but standing strong", Omar wrote on a post. "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted". Freshman Democrat Rep. Max Rose, from NY, tweeted her comments were "deeply hurtful to Jews". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep.

In fact, Omar's response was immediate "AIPAC".

Omar's mea culpa followed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's call that the freshman Democrat immediately apologize for the tweets.

A particularly large and politically active group of conservative American Evangelical Christians, moreover, not only identify themselves with Jews thanks to a common scriptural legacy, but also place the State of Israel at the very center of their vision of global salvation.

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

"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel", Rose tweeted.

The first two Middle East Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have openly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Many took to Twitter to accuse Omar of anti-Semitism, with others claiming ignorance about AIPAC.

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

Omar promoted the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Republicans are controlled by Jewish money, saying, "It's all about the Benjamins baby".

Nikki Haley also responded to the issue, saying that this should not be an issue in American politics.

This story "Ilhan Omar Apologizes After Anti-Semitism Accusation" was written by Aiden Pink. I will make the case to Members on both side of the aisle that our alliance and friendship with Israel are important to our countries' shared interests, security, and values.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman referred to Omar's tweet as 'painful but amusing'.

"OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way", Ungar-Sargon wrote. "It's perfectly legitimate to criticize Israel or the pro-Israel lobby".

Republicans and Democrats alike said the tweets stoked anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money.

Omar's statement came after a wave of criticism from Republicans and many Democrats, in which they called on her to apologise for using "anti-Semitic tropes". "Her words are deeply hurtful and offensive". None of the Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in publicly as their party's House leaders chastised Omar. We hope - especially in the face of other allegations of anti-Semitism - that Representative Ilhan Omar was simply unaware of the violent anti-Semitism expressed by Yousef Abdallah, and will now withdraw from this event and sever ties with Islamic Relief.

Before apologizing Monday, Omar had doubled down on her comments Sunday night, calling criticisms a smear from the other party. She added an arm-muscle emoji.

Shapiro said that some held off on criticizing Omar because they wanted to work with her.

This article was written by _, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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