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

Omar Ilhan in anti-Semitism row for saying AIPAC money behind Republican support for 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.

Omar on Monday stood by her criticism of the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", lumping in AIPAC with the pro-gun National Rifle Association and oil companies.

Omar shared Greenwald's tweet with the comment, "It's all about the Benjamins baby", a reference to a popular mid-1990s rap song by Puff Daddy in which "Benjamins" is slang for $100 bills.

Still, even some who agree with Omar's position on Israel argued that she could criticize the Israeli government or the pro-Israel lobbying establishment without using stereotypes that Jews find offensive. Omar responded to one critic who asked the MI congresswoman who she believes is paying American politicians to support Israel.

The tweets were enough to ignite fury on Twitter, and accusations that Ms Omar was being anti-Semitic for suggesting that support for Israel was all about the money.

Omar's tweets drew a rebuke from Democratic House leaders, who called on her to apologize on Monday.

The statement from Pelosi and other top Democrats came soon after House GOP leaders had said they would force a vote this week on the House floor to repudiate comments by Omar, as Republicans have been trying for days to highlight statements by Omar, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the other newly-elected Muslim in the U.S. House.

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Deutch, who has emerged as a leading Democratic voice against anti-Semitism, also said the tweets reflected "anti-Semitic tropes".

Today Omar became an inconvenience to the Democratic Party establishment.

But others have called the attacks a smear campaign against Ms Omar, and some noted that there is a difference between criticising AIPAC activities and anti-semitism.

The controversy started on Sunday night when Ms Omar suggested in a tweet that the outrage about her criticism of Israel from other lawmakers was driven by money. She "unequivocally apologizes" for her rhetoric. Pelosi has celebrated the general enthusiasm of these new members and has taken a more subtle approach to address some of their missteps. In private conversations, Pelosi has won Ocasio-Cortez over as an ally after the self-described Democratic socialist participated in a climate change rally in Pelosi's office past year. "Her apology is not accepted".

This kind of intolerance has no place in Congress-or anywhere in American society.

"As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered". In fact, Jewish lawmakers in recent weeks have met to discuss what they should do about their new colleagues, who openly criticise Israel and have made insensitive comments about Jews and Jewish Americans.

"As I have said, as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I will ensure support for Israel remains strong and bipartisan and I will shine a light on the evil of anti-Semitism and the danger it poses".

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