Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for tweets widely denounced as anti-Semitic

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

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

Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders said in a statement Monday, "Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive".

Omar is one of a handful of high-profile freshmen Democratic women, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI, who often use social media to speak to their followers and lash out at criticism.

On Feb. 10, Omar launched a renewed attack on Jews by perpetuating the conspiracy theory that Jews financially control American politics.

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", she wrote on Twitter over the weekend.

The resulting firestorm has mostly been composed of critics from both parties accusing Omar of consciously promulgating the ancient smear of wealthy Jews buying influence, and some defenders suggesting she's accurately describing AIPAC's vast power.

Omar has drawn criticism from tweets she posted regarding Israel.

Journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon swiftly reacted, wondering who Omar thinks "is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel", and accused her of making an "anti-Semitic trope".

"The anti-Semitism that has long existed in the fringes has found its way to the United States Congress in the form of extreme liberals like Congresswoman Ilhan Omar", said Sen.

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Separately the Anti-Defamation League, an outside group formed to fight hate speech and anti-Semitism, called on top House leaders to take immediate action to condemn Rep. Omar's recent comments, citing a tweet where she suggested politicians were being influenced by donations from Jewish groups.

Last month, Omar expressed regret for saying in a 2012 tweet that Israel "has hypnotised the world" while carrying out "evil". Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests.

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted. This time around, Jews are said to be buying support for Israel. "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable".

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has formidable financial clout, and it prides itself on its influence in U.S. politics. The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person and are meant to "educate political leaders and influencers about the importance of the US - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences".

"I certainly support a strong and safe Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and I'm going to continue to do that", she said. "But these efforts have failed".

Today Omar became an inconvenience to the Democratic Party establishment.

"We must speak out when any Member - Democrat or Republican - uses harmful tropes and stereotypes, levels accusations of dual loyalty, or makes reckless statements like those yesterday", the two wrote.

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