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Pelosi, top Dems demand apology from Rep. Ilhan Omar for 'anti-Semitic' tweet

11 February, 2019, 21:14 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other high-ranking Democrats are slamming freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) recent comments about her fellow members of Congress - condemning them as anti-Semitic.

"Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess", Ungar-Sargon tweeted.

The first anti-Semitic trope Ungar-Sargon referred to was when Omar said in 2012 that "Israel has hypnotized the world".

The tweet she reportedly reposted was from Joshua Zeitz, a historian.

Omar was responding to a Tweet by the furiously anti-Israel journalist Glenn Greenwald, defending her against previous charges of antisemitism.

The flap started over a tweet from Omar that said, "It's all about the Benjamins baby", and included a music-note emoji, an apparent reference to the 1997 Puff Daddy single featuring the Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim and The Lox.

Dan Shapiro, who served as the US ambassador to Israel during most of President Barack Obama's presidency (2011-2017), sent out a lengthy tweet thread Monday morning condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for anti-Semitic tweets the freshmen congresswoman sent out Sunday night.

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"People look at that and say 'is there a member of Congress, a Democratic member of Congress saying that somehow Jewish money is controlling thought?'" CNN host John Berman asked.

AIPAC's own website explains how its Congressional Club members must "Make a minimum financial commitment of $2,500 a year, or $5,000 per two-year election cycle, to pro-Israel politics", and commit to "giving political contributions in a clearly pro-Israel context to candidates running for the United States House of Representatives and/or United States Senate". "Congresswoman Omar's comments are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", he wrote.

Soon after, Omar responded to Clinton, saying, "Chelsea - I would be happy to talk".

And while former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who married a Jewish man, first said that "we should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", she said that she would call Omar's office to set up a dialogue between the two. She suggested her comments were being weaponized by the GOP: "We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies".

"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel", Rose continued.

When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and do not recognize the other religions living in the country, and we still hold it up as a democracy in the Middle East, I nearly chuckle.

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