Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes For Tweet Condemned As Anti-Semitic After Democratic Backlash

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes For Tweet Condemned As Anti-Semitic After Democratic Backlash

Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar issued an apology Monday for a tweet condemned by some as anti-Semitic after getting strain from each political events.

Omar, who represents the fifth Congressional District of Minnesota, which covers the better Minneapolis space, posted to Twitter: “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. … That is why I unequivocally apologize.”

On Sunday, Omar tweeted that she believed American politicians have been being paid by the Israeli lobbyist, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to carry a pro-Israel stance.

The American Jewish Committee responded to Omar, saying, “Suggesting {that a} Jewish group is shopping for off American politicians is each demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel as a result of Americans are.”

Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler from New York, who’s chairman of the Judiciary Committee, issued an announcement that Omar “failed” a check of management together with her feedback.

“While of course our nation’s leaders are free to debate the relative influence of a particular organization on our country’s policy-making process, or the factors that make our system of governance imperfect, there is an expectation of leaders – particularly those with a demonstrated commitment to the cause of justice and equality – that they would be extremely careful not to tread into the waters of anti-Semitism or any other form of prejudice or hate. Rep. Omar failed that test of leadership with these comments,” Nadler wrote.

Omar, a Muslim who was born in Somalia and has turn into a name-brand Democratic consultant after her election final 12 months, didn’t cease together with her insinuation that politicians have been being paid to assist Israel.

When journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept sent this Haaretz story hyperlink by Twitter, that included data that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened punishment towards Omar and fellow Rep. Rashida Tlaib for his or her continued public criticisms of Israel. To which Omar retweeted, saying “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

Benjamins is a reference to a $100 invoice, by which Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the entrance.

Democratic management, together with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark, issued a joint assertion to sentence Omar’s remarks and calling out any anti-Semitic remarks.

“Anti-Semitism should be referred to as out, confronted and condemned every time it’s encountered, with out exception,” the Democrats stated. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

Pelosi stated she met with Omar, and that they agreed “we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms.”

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