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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar once again faces anti-Semitism allegations

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar once again faces anti-Semitism allegations

"Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive", said Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders.

The apology came a day after Omar posted a pair of tweets that suggested political support for Israel is driven by money from American Jews.

She said she is learning about "the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes".

In a follow-up tweet, the freshman congresswoman said she was referencing the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization. "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it".

"AIPAC!" the congresswoman responded, referencing the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby group, which spent $3.5 million on pro-Israel lobbying in 2018, and $3.4 million in 2017.

"At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", she said via twitter. 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.

Rep. Peter King slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar, saying it was "absolutely shameful" for the freshman Democrat from Minnesota to accuse a prominent lobbying group of paying members of Congress to support Israel.

Earlier on Monday, leading House Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, condemned Omar's comments in a statement and called on her to apologise.

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Pelosi was joined in the message by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, third-ranking Democrat James Clyburn of SC and three other members of House Democratic leadership.

Shapiro said that some held off on criticizing Omar because they wanted to work with her. (Both congresswomen are Muslim.) "It's stunning how much time U.S. political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans", Greenwald wrote.

Omar's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Democrats including Chelsea Clinton and Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., and Republicans such as Sen.

"It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Representative Ilhan Omar's (MN) choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money", House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. "Sincerely, American Jews", Ungar-Sargon wrote back to Omar, a statement that Clinton said she seconded. 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.

Elaine Luria of Virginia and Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey on Monday published a letter urging House leaders to "unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes".

However, Omar has defended her views on Israel, saying she finds it "exciting" that her views are sparking debate.


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