United States congresswoman Omar apologizes for tweets on AIPAC's influence

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn speaks at a news briefing on Capitol Hill last month

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn speaks at a news briefing on Capitol Hill last month

"Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive", Pelosi and other top Democrats said in a blistering written statement issued on Monday afternoon.

"We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity", she continued.

House Democratic leaders are calling on Representative Ilhan Omar, D, to apologise for what many saw as anti-Semitic comments perpetuating the exhausted stereotype that Jews control politics with money.

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar tweeted Sunday in reference to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

"But it speaks to a long-standing veiled anti-Semitism that many folks have talked about over the years, about Jews running things because they have money", Bolduan said.

Representative Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, called Omar's comments "deeply disturbing" and, in an effort to expose Omar's pattern of behavior, cited a previous tweet, for which she has since apologized, accusing Israel of "hypnotizing the world".

"Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sparked backlash Sunday evening from members of both parties - including former first daughter Chelsea Clinton - after she accused a prominent lobbying group of paying members of Congress to support Israel", writes Fox News.

Democratic leadership said they condemned the remarks, in a statement released by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.

Omar and fellow Muslim congressional freshman Rashida Tlaib's support for the boycott has opened a breach in the Democratic Party and threatens to create a fissure in the ironclad US-Israeli alliance.

Omar's comments were met with swift condemnation from lawmakers and activists on both sides of the aisle. And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

Aipac's website says it offers a congressional club membership that requires "political contributions in a clearly pro-Israel context to candidates".

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".

Her office did not respond to a request for comment from MPR News. This time around, Jews are said to be buying support for Israel.

When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent. There has been no movement from Democratic leadership to remove Omar from her committee assignments. McCarthy suggested their positions on Israel were worse than the recent remarks from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that were denounced as racist.

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

"In this fragile moment in our nation's history, we must all redouble our efforts to engage in policy debates in ways that respect the dignity and humanity of all people".

But not every lawmaker smacked Omar for her tweets.

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