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Jewish Group Slams Rep. Omar For 'Stunningly Anti-Semitic' Comment

Jewish Group Slams Rep. Omar For 'Stunningly Anti-Semitic' Comment Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro-Israel
Jeannette Daniel | 11 February, 2019, 18:42

A Jewish advocacy organization has called out Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar characterizing a tweet she wrote about the pro-Israel lobby as "stunningly anti-Semitic". "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted", Batya Ungar-Sargon, Omar responded: "AIPAC!".

"People look at that and say 'is there a member of Congress, a Democratic member of Congress saying that somehow Jewish money is controlling thought?'" CNN host John Berman asked. "Is she also Islamophobic for attacking Saudi's influence on American politics in exactly the same way?"

But the tweet was swiftly condemned by high-profile figures on both sides of the aisle, including a former USA ambassador to Israel and Chelsea Clinton, whose husband is Jewish.

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

Rather than acknowledge the explanation that Congress tends to support Israel because Americans in general broadly support Israel - with almost two-thirds favoring Israel over the Palestinians - Omar doubled down throughout the evening against the "Israel lobby". "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough".

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GOP groups, including the National Republican Campaign Committee, blasted Omar over the remarks.

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", she said. "She might as well call us hook-nosed".

Democrat Chelsea Clinton responded to Omar's anti-Semitism by saying that she was going to talk to Omar about her "anti-Semitic language and tropes". "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable".

"Wow. A sitting U.S. Congresswoman actually just suggested AIPAC is paying Members of Congress to support Israel, one of our strongest and longest standing allies", he wrote in a tweet. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".

Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working to bring some balance to the United States position, which now gives priority to Israel.

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