After Ilhan Omar Tweets, Democrats Urge Leaders To Condemn Anti-Semitism

After Ilhan Omar Tweets, Democrats Urge Leaders To Condemn Anti-Semitism

Former Obama administration Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro called on all Democrats to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for her "outrageous" claims that American politicians support Israel because they're paid off. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. She said she is learning about "the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes". When Batya Ungar-Sargon of the Forward, a Jewish publication, asked Omar what source of money she was referring to, Omar responded, "AIPAC", meaning the influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

She continued: "We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity".

Still others pointed out that attacking Omar was only feeding the same "anti-Semitic tropes" her detractors accused Omar of feeding. She said the influence of money in politics remains a problem and must be addressed.

"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.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders also criticized Omar's remarks on Monday.

The Democratic congresswoman shared a tweet late Sunday on House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy pledging to take "action" in response to her support for movements to boycott and sanction Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

They are turning public support for Israel - which largely had been bipartisan and religiously pluralistic - into an effort propelled by members of one political party and one religious worldview.


This is the second time in as many weeks that Omar has become entangled in a Twitter controversy replete with emoji and snarky clapbacks centered on the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jewish Democratic lawmakers from South Florida were some of the loudest voices on Monday condemning weekend comments from a Muslim Democratic colleague that were widely seen as anti-Semitic. Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer tweeted, "For almost two weeks, Rep. @IlhanMN has avoided meeting with me to discuss why anti-Semitic tropes like these are hurtful to so many Americans".

Max Rose, who won a tight race in NY, said the Democratic Party and the USA should be a place where "we celebrate the diversity of our people".

She said she had not been aware of the historical context.

The Anti-Defamation League, a national organization that tracks and responds to anti-Semitism, said Omar's tweets were a "retread of ideas spread by bigots from David Duke to Louis Farrakhan".

"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. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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