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Bernie Sanders aide apologizes for suggesting Jews have dual loyalty

16 March, 2019, 16:26 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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"In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive", Belén Sisa, Sanders' incoming deputy press secretary for Latino outreach, said in a statement. Bernie Sanders apologized for a Facebook post in which she suggested that American Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel.

According to the Hill, local party officials who were offended by Omar's comments are looking for someone to take on Omar in the next Democratic primaries, but have yet to find a candidate to fill her shoes. "They're more than willing to pose with Omar on magazine covers, but when she tried to talk about a truly hard topic, which is her job as an elected official, and her life was in danger, they kind of threw her under the bus".

U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks to media ...

Omar has been under fire over recent comments suggesting Jewish organizations pay United States politicians to support Israel, which many viewed as anti-Semitic.

Minnesota Democrats are seriously considering challenging their Representative Ilhan Omar in the 2020 election over her recent anti-Jewish remarks.

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"I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship", Engel said in the statement. Omar gained the ire of those on the right for, among other things, criticizing the influence a pro-Israel lobby has over foreign policy.

Omar is one of the first two female Muslim House members, along with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and has been the target of Islamophobic and racist attacks.

"Support is really strong for Congresswoman Omar", Jenkins said, " but certainly there is some acrimony.

Sanders, who is Jewish, defended Omar in a statement last week.

Spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA) Rabbi Aryeh Spero organized a "sit-in" protest at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday, calling for the censure of Omar and blasting Pelosi for her reluctance to do so.

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