USA politician Ilhan Omar apologises for 'anti-Semitic' tweet

12 February, 2019, 04:17 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • 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 post captioned "listening and learning, but standing strong", the Muslim representative thanked her "Jewish allies and colleagues" for "educating" her about "anti-Semitic tropes", while reiterating her original point about the "problematic role" of lobbyists like AIPAC.

The statement from Pelosi and other top Democrats came soon after House GOP leaders had said they would force a vote this week on the House floor to repudiate comments by Omar, as Republicans have been trying for days to highlight statements by Omar, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), the other newly-elected Muslim in the U.S. House.

Daniel Shapiro, former USA ambassador to Israel under former president Barack Obama, added that Omar's "outrageous comments equating politicians' support for Israel with being bought off by American Jewish money are a vile anti-Semitic trope".

Pelosi of California also said on Twitter that she had talked with Omar and that they agreed to "use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the largest pro-Israel lobby in America and apparently Omar's target. "I'm going to support Israel and the Jewish people".

The tweet appeared to suggest McCarthy's pro-Israel stance is motivated by money. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota publicly apologized Monday after she faced backlash for tweets condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic. No one with her anti-Semitic views should be allowed to represent USA foreign policy on that committee.

Fellow freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose of NY called the comments "deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", according to Politico.

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The text of the resolution mentions Omar by name, citing, among other things, Omar's statement that "Israel has hypnotized the world".

How much criticism has she gotten? She has supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel. Jerry Nadler said in a lengthy statement.

The exchanges triggered an uproar, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi castigating Omar and demanding an apology for using "anti-Semitic tropes" in her tweet.

"As Jewish Members of Congress, we are deeply alarmed by recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus, including just last night, that has disparaged us and called into question our loyalty to our nation", the letter reads.

It's the second time this month that Omar has become entangled in a Twitter controversy replete with emoji and snarky clapbacks centered on the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"She's talking about the influence of Israel and this immediately gets twisted into antisemitism", one man wrote in comments retweeted by Omar.

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

But others have called the attacks a smear campaign against Ms Omar, and some noted that there is a difference between criticising AIPAC activities and anti-semitism. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".

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