Pelosi, Top Democrats Condemn ‘Anti-Semitic’ Comments From Rep. Ilhan Omar

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Pelosi, Top Democrats Condemn ‘Anti-Semitic’ Comments From Rep. Ilhan Omar

Omar's response only caused more backlash: "AIPAC!" she told Ungar-Sargon, referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobbying entity.

Two Jewish House Democrats are circulating a letter to their colleagues asking them to join in asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the party leadership to condemn anti-Semitism citing "recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus".

Omar sidetracked the conversation, ignoring the direct criticism for her antisemitic remarks.

When challenged where she thought such money was coming from, the 36-year-old Somali-American tweeted back: "Aipac".

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

Dan Shapiro, who served as the US ambassador to Israel during most of President Barack Obama's presidency (2011-2017), sent out a lengthy tweet thread Monday morning condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for anti-Semitic tweets the freshmen congresswoman sent out Sunday night.

In response, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin slammed Tlaib and Omar's open support for the BDS movement, urging his colleagues to "to reject the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred that we are starting to see infiltrating American politics and even the halls of Congress".

Mr McCarthy himself faced condemnation a year ago for a now-deleted tweet that suggested billionaire Jewish donors were attempting to "buy" the mid-term elections.

MI congresswoman Tlaib said on Saturday that she wanted to highlight "issues such as racism and Israel's violations of the Palestinians' human rights".

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway blasted Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's tweets Monday, implying that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy maintains a pro-Israel stance because of lobbyist dollars.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle know the importance of giving speeches at AIPAC's annual conference, particularly if they are considering a presidential run, as the group will encourage its members to support pro-Israel candidates and put candidates in touch with big donors.

"It's clear that congresswoman Ilhan Omar harbors deep-seated anti-Semitic views", Carnahan said in a statement.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted: "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar wrote. She suggested her comments were being weaponized by the GOP: "We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies".

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