Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Muslim Democrat apologizes after Pelosi rebuke over anti-Semitic tweets

Muslim Democrat apologizes after Pelosi rebuke over anti-Semitic tweets

Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, "unequivocally" apologised Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fuelled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group. "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself".

Omar's Sunday tweet was not her first anti-semitic display.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman referred to Omar's tweet as 'painful but amusing'.

"Oh well, that's a really regrettable way of expressing that - I don't know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans, my comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza war", she stated.

Tlaib sparked controversy last month when she tweeted that those who wish to deter boycotts of Israel had "forgot [ten] what country they represent".

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

Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to apologize for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories over the weekend in a statement released on Monday and ended up promoting her anti-Semitic views even more.

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They are turning public support for Israel - which largely had been bipartisan and religiously pluralistic - into an effort propelled by members of one political party and one religious worldview.

Clinton told a Twitter follower that she planned to try to talk to Omar about her comments, saying, "I also think we have to call out anti-Semitic language and tropes on all sides, particularly in our elected officials and particularly now".

The Anti-Defamation League, a national organization that tracks and responds to anti-Semitism, said Omar's tweets were a "retread of ideas spread by bigots from David Duke to Louis Farrakhan". "However racist or bigoted tropes can be intentionally or unintentionally triggered in making those critiques and yes that matters - it always matters", Hend Amry tweeted. Such legislation includes financial support for Israel and measures that would ban boycotts of Israel, including the BDS movement that Omar and Tlaib support. "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable". "To suggest members of Congress are "bought off" to support Israel is offensive and wrong", she tweeted.

Aipac spends millions of dollars a year lobbying lawmakers and the United States federal government to adopt pro-Israel policies, according to campaign-finance monitors. These tactics have painted some unfairly and we must guard against this as well, because to unfairly accuse someone of a particular hatred undermines the legitimacy of the condemnations when they are truly warranted. "But these efforts have failed".

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was quick to call for action against Ms Omar.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, said her assertion that Jewish groups "manipulate government with money invokes age-old anti-Semitism".

"We must speak out when any Member-Democrat or Republican-uses harmful tropes and stereotypes, levels accusations of dual loyalty, or makes reckless statements like those yesterday", the representatives wrote.

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