Ilhan Omar issues apology after condemnations over AIPAC money tweets

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Pelosi said she spoke with Omar they had "agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

The tweets implied that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel.

A spokesman for Omar did not immediately respond to a request from The Post for comment; her spokesman told Politico earlier Thursday that the tweets "speak for themselves".

She thanked her colleagues for educating her on anti-Semitic Jewish tropes.

Omar said she had no intention of offending anyone by a tweet over the weekend suggesting that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was behind the scheme. "This is why I unequivocally apologize".


She referenced that criticism again after her apology Monday: "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIRPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".

Omar's supporters dismissed accusations calling the new politicians anti-Semitic, while critics said her comments perpetuated an age-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that claims Jews use money to control politics from behind the scenes.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said Omar should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

House Democratic leadership came out against the remarks of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) today, stressing that "anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception".

The first two Middle East Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have openly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks. (Both congresswomen are Muslim.) "It's stunning how much time United States political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans", Greenwald wrote.


Omar did not immediately respond.

Minnesota DFL U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is under fire for Twitter exchanges that Democratic allies, along with Republicans and Jewish organizations, are condemning as hateful and anti-Semitic.

Max Rose, who won a tight race in NY, said the Democratic Party and the USA should be a place where "we celebrate the diversity of our people". "Congresswoman Omar's comments are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", he wrote. "Sincerely, American Jews", Ungar-Sargon wrote back to Omar, a statement that Clinton said she seconded. Omar attacked Israel in 2012, writing, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel". Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) and Elaine Luria (Va.) are collecting signatures for a letter to send to party leaders expressing deep concern over "recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus, including just last night, that has disparaged us and called into question our loyalty to our nation", reported Politico.

She added: "I know that if we saw that in another society we would criticize it - we do that to Iran and any other place that upholds its religion".


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