Rep. Ilhan Omar Criticized For Slamming AIPAC and Israel

Rep. Ilhan Omar Criticized For Slamming AIPAC and Israel

Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan called on Minnesota Democrats, including Sen.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., received an onslaught of criticism Sunday night for her tweet that ascribed Republicans' fierce opposition to boycotting Israel to the power of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, D.C.

House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler, also of NY, said Ms Omar's choice of words was "deeply disappointing and disturbing".

Ilhan Omar suggested in a tweet that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac ) was buying influence to promote U.S. pro-Israel policies.

Omar was responding to a Tweet by the furiously anti-Israel journalist Glenn Greenwald, defending her against previous charges of antisemitism.

Dan Shapiro, who served as the USA 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.

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"At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the USA and overseas, Rep. Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics", Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL, said in a written statement. "They do not belong in any conversation, period".

Separately the Anti-Defamation League, an outside group formed to fight hate speech and anti-Semitism, called on top House leaders to take immediate action to condemn Rep. Omar's recent comments, citing a tweet where she suggested politicians were being influenced by donations from Jewish groups.

The first anti-Semitic trope Ungar-Sargon referred to was when Omar said in 2012 that "Israel has hypnotized the world".

She added: "I know that if we saw that in another society we would criticize it - we do that to Iran and any other place that upholds its religion". Now Omar raises the question in one way or another nearly every day.

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". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar wrote.

"I'm 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", he said. "I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you".

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