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Jewish Democrats to Pelosi: Denounce Rep. Ilhan Omar over 'anti-Semitic' tweets

Jewish Democrats to Pelosi: Denounce Rep. Ilhan Omar over 'anti-Semitic' tweets

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. House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement Monday: "Anti-Semitism and bigotry have no place in American politics".

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing backlash after suggesting Republican support of Israel is fueled by donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a prominent pro-Israel group. "We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies".

In fact, Omar's response was immediate "AIPAC".

On Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., urged Democratic leadership to admonish Omar and Tlaib due to their backing for the BDS movement, which is meant to put economic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank.

In another Sunday night tweet, Omar answered a journalist who questioned who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel". "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted".

However, Omar has defended her views on Israel, saying she finds it "exciting" that her views are sparking debate. He wrote that he's "one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel's anti-democratic drift, and doesn't regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity".

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"OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way", Ungar-Sargon wrote. Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Indiana University, said that "there is obviously a serious fight going on within the Democratic Party with respect to how to deal with BDS and some within their party who advocate for it". She's made herself a lightning rod.

Even Chelsea Clinton accused Omar of anti-Semitism.

Host Bill Hemmer noted that Democrats like Chelsea Clinton and Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) have called out Omar, which King applauded while noting the Democratic leadership has been "shamefully silent".

"It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Representative Ilhan Omar's (MN) choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money", Nadler said in a statement. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar wrote. "I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you".

This article was written by _, a reporter for The Washington Post.


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