Rep. Ilhan Omar 'Unequivocally' Apologizes For Tweeting Anti-Semitic Tropes


"We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments", the statement read.

Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive.

"Good that some Dems have condemned the disgraceful anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Omar-but their words are empty unless Dem leaders remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee", Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the second-ranking House Republican, said on Twitter. "To suggest that pro-Israel support 'Is all about the Benjamins, ' and her follow up that she is referring to AIPAC, is not only inaccurate but conjures up the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes", added Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.).

Republicans pounced on her comments and called for Democratic leadership in the House to allow for censure vote of Omar, who, along with Rashida Tlaib of MI, is one of the first two female Muslim lawmakers to secure seats in Congress.

"Her comments trouble me", Clinton wrote to a follower, noting that she wanted to meet with Omar to express her concern.

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", tweeted Omar; suggesting America's support for Jerusalem was tied to Israeli lobbying groups. In the USA, we're allowed to criticize our own government: certainly foreign governments.

The freshman congresswoman faced condemnation from Democrats and Republicans on Twitter.

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

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning that he didn't view Omar's comments as anti-Semitic.

AIPAC denied the assertion, and Democrats said they were shocked.

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@IlhanMN has avoided meeting with me to discuss why anti-Semitic tropes like these are hurtful to so many Americans. "They should never be a part of any conversation about the policies of Congress".

"Let's all be especially careful about what we say in the fact that, you know, what I, for example, as a northeastern white man might consider legitimate discourse may be heard differently by African-Americans", said Himes. Criticism of American policy toward any country is fair game, but this must be done on policy grounds.

Nikki Haley also responded to the issue, saying that this should not be an issue in American politics. Her spokesman told Politico yesterday that the tweets "speak for themselves".

Fox 9 has reached out to Omar's office for comment.

BDS is a non-violent movement calling on governments and corporations to exert financial pressure on Israel in an effort to recognize the rights of Palestinians. She also previously criticized the government of Israel.

Two other Democratic representatives wrote a letter to congressional leaders saying they are "deeply alarmed by the language", according to the Washington Post.

Women's March organiser Sophie Ellman-Golan accused McCarthy of attacking Omar and Tlaib "in the name of "defending" Jews".

Mr McCarthy himself faced condemnation past year for a now-deleted tweet that suggested billionaire Jewish donors were attempting to "buy" the mid-term elections.

Aipac spends millions of dollars a year lobbying lawmakers and the U.S. federal government to adopt pro-Israel policies, according to campaign-finance monitors. He said he supports Israel "because of our common values".