Himes: Omar Tweet Shows Need for Care While Criticizing

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

"When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent", he wrote, adding: "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough".

In a tweet on Monday, Pelosi said that she and Omar had talked. "Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful to Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the powerful history of anti-Semitic tropes. Her support for BDS is apparently her essence: blaming Israel alone for the conflict, absolving Palestinians of all responsibility, delegitimizing Israel's very existence, &accusing its supporters of shallow motives &manipulation by Jewish money", he said. "In the face of that abdication of leadership, Republicans will take action this week to ensure the House speaks out against this hatred and stands with Israel and the Jewish people".

Omar is facing massive backlash after she quote-tweeted a link to an article by Haaretz where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened punishment against Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, America's first two Muslim congresswomen; Omar and Tlaib have been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism.

Republicans pounced on her comments and called for Democratic leadership in the House to allow for censure vote of Omar, who, along with Rashida Tlaib of MI, is one of the first two female Muslim lawmakers to secure seats in Congress. She did, however, "reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA, or the fossil fuel industry".

"Rep. Omar's tweet yesterday went too far".

Following mounting criticism about her anti-Israeli sentiments in Congress, and on Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was compelled to release the following statement.

In response to Ms Omar, Aipac tweeted: "Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests". In Nov. 2012, Omar tweeted about the alleged "evil doings of Israel" saying "Israel has hypnotized the world".

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However, Omar has defended her views on Israel, saying she finds it "exciting" that her views are sparking debate.

To be sure, anti-Semitism and opposition to Israel were not always standard among the most progressive groups within the Democratic Party.

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". Ted Deutch said in a statement.

Omar's Sunday night tweets drew immediate criticism from lawmakers in both parties.

"Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable, and its shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money, '" he wrote.

Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia, does not name lawmakers but it is clearly a reference to freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who is the target of recent criticism on the left and right for comments seen as both overt and subtly anti-Semitic.

Democrats, who had previously been reluctant to criticize Omar, joined in after Sunday's tweets. 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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