After Ilhan Omar Tweets, Democrats Urge Leaders To Condemn Anti-Semitism

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

"Accurately describing how the Israel lobby works is not anti-semitism", Ashley Feinberg, a HuffPost reporter, wrote in a tweet that was shared by Omar.

Omar also retweeted a tweet from a Jewish man who was expressing his hurt over her anti-Semitic remarks, saying she "might as well call [American Jews] hook-nosed".

The Minnesota Democrat said she had no intention offending anyone, including Jewish Americans. "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it".

Omar, the first female Muslim Congresswoman, said in an infamous missive posted several years ago' "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

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 US politicians to support Israel.

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Omar on Monday stood by her criticism of the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", lumping in AIPAC with the pro-gun National Rifle Association and oil companies.

Nadler called the tweets "deeply disappointing and disturbing" and said Omar "appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money".

Some lawmakers called on Democrats to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Ted Cruz praised Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Monday after she issued a statement condemning Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar for claiming Republicans' support for Israel is bought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of House Democratic leadership said anti-Semitism had to be called out "without exception". And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

This kind of intolerance has no place in Congress-or anywhere in American society.

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"Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", New York Democratic Rep. Max Rose tweeted along with a statement. He went on to say her implication that Americans only support Israel because of money is offensive.

Omar was roundly criticized for her comments, with AIPAC among those responding.

House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler, also of NY, said Ms Omar's choice of words was "deeply disappointing and disturbing". Beyond that, there is a very specific set of religious perspectives that make America more pro-Israel than similar but more secular countries; many Christians from various traditions have a bad conscience over many centuries of Christian anti-Semitism.

New Jersey's Josh Gottheimer said Omar hasn't accepted his offer to meet with her to talk about the damage that can be done by reinforcing negative tropes.

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

"I fully expect that when we disagree on the Foreign Affairs Committee, we will debate policy on the merits and never question members' motives or resort to personal attacks", Engel said.

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