Sunday, 17 February, 2019

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

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 Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro-Israel
Kenny Thornton | 11 February, 2019, 18:42

Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that USA politicians" support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence.

Omar has previously expressed regret over a 2012 tweet in which she claimed Israel was "hypnotizing" the world.

When asked about his colleague Rep. Max Rose (D., N.Y.) calling out Omar's tweets as "hateful and offensive", Kildee said people generally should tamp down the rhetoric in today's political discourse.

"Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself, ' he wrote".

The Republican Jewish Coalition demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) take action, wondering if Democrats would "care to comment on the outrageous anti-Semitism being spewed by one of your fêted members?"

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) even equated her past comments to Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who was recently kicked off all his committees and formally disciplined by the House for his white supremacy remarks. "What she's insinuating or implying directly is that Jewish money is somehow controlling certain Democrats and people's positions toward Israel, '" Berman said.

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Omar's response went viral and many accused her of promoting the anti-Semitic trope that Jews conspire to control government leaders by throwing loads of cash at them.

AIPAC has issued the following statement: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S. -Israel relationship".

And Chelsea Clinton tweeted in response to Omar, "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism".

After the Opinions Editor at The Forward, Batya Ungar-Sargon, tweeted: "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. She might as well call us hook-nosed".

GOP groups, including the National Republican Campaign Committee, blasted Omar over the remarks. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".

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