Jewish Group Slams Rep. Omar For 'Stunningly Anti-Semitic' Comment

Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

In a follow-up tweet, the freshman congresswoman said she was referencing the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization.

The controversy kicked off when Omar shared, and responded to, a tweet by journalist Glenn Greenwald about Republican Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatening punishment against her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for their support for the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Other responses were more critical, including that of Chelsea Clinton, who wrote, "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in antisemitism". "We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes", they wrote.

After the Opinions Editor at The Forward, Batya Ungar-Sargon, tweeted: "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess".

Kildee was asked to explain Omar's suggestion that Republicans who criticize her rhetoric have been bought by "Jewish money".

Omar recently apologized for a 2012 tweet in which she accused Israel of "hypnotizing" the world, acknowledging that she had unwittingly echoed anti-Semitic themes. "I think it is actually exciting because we are finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to before", she told CNN. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. "What she's insinuating or implying directly is that Jewish money is somehow controlling certain Democrats and people's positions toward Israel, '" Berman said. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".

Democrat Chelsea Clinton responded to Omar's anti-Semitism by saying that she was going to talk to Omar about her "anti-Semitic language and tropes".

AIPAC has issued the following statement: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S. -Israel relationship".

Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working to bring some balance to the USA position, which now gives priority to Israel.

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