Rep. Ilhan Omar faces backlash over AIPAC comments

Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro-Israel

Chelsea Clinton Rebukes Ilhan Omar Over 'Anti-Semitic Tropes'

"It's important now that the Democratic leadership come forward and denounce this wing of the party and the people from it who carry on with this type of anti-Semitic language".

Rose, who is Jewish, wrote in a statement, "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself".

"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", Shapiro tweeted.

Days after a series of apologies for an old tweet seen as echoing anti-Semitic themes, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said AIPAC paid politicians to be pro-Israel, a falsehood that drew immediate rebukes. "Is she also Islamophobic for attacking Saudi's influence on American politics in the exactly the same way?"

But not every lawmaker smacked Omar for her tweets.

Still, even some who agree with Omar's position on Israel argued that she could criticize the Israeli government or the pro-Israel lobbying establishment without using stereotypes that Jews find offensive.

Contacts for Jarrett and Obama did not immediately respond to a Daily Wire inquiry.

"No, criticism of Israel isn't anti-semitism, just like criticism of a Muslim majority state isn't islamophobia, by default", wrote Hend Amry, a Libyan-American writer.

Omar has found herself responding to anti-Semitism accusations before.

Nadler said in his statement Monday: "While of course our nation's leaders are free to debate the relative influence of a particular organization on our country's policy-making process, or the factors that make our system of governance imperfect, there is an expectation of leaders-particularly those with a demonstrated commitment to the cause of justice and equality-that they would be extremely careful not to tread into the waters of anti-Semitism or any other form of prejudice or hate.

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

Shapiro said he and others "remained uncomfortably quiet after her [boycott, divestment, sanctions] BDS flip-flop &other offensive remarks because we were aware of efforts to work with her: by colleagues, party leaders, her local Jewish community in MN".

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

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