House Dem Leaders: Omar Should 'Immediately Apologize' for 'Tropes'


"Now she tweets that if Members of Congress support Israel then they were bought off by Jews".

Last month, Omar expressed regret for saying in a 2012 tweet that Israel "has hypnotised the world" while carrying out "evil".

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes", Omar of Minnesota wrote on Twitter. 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", he said.

When she acknowledged the pushback for her comments, Omar went a step further by saying "It's all about the Benjamins baby" and calling out the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). "I think it is actually exciting because we are finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to before", she told CNN.

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On Friday, before the tweets were posted, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy railed against recent comments by Omar and other freshman Democrats who have spoken critically against the Israeli government over its treatment of Palestinians.

House Democratic leadership came out against the remarks of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) today, stressing that "anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception".

When people asked what Omar meant by McCarthy's motives being "all about the Benjamins", she tweeted, "AIPAC", referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group that has spent millions sending lawmakers on visits to the Jewish nation over the years.

Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders said in a statement Monday, "Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive". "Thank you for having the courage to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism".

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Monday, congressional members, including some Democrats, are critizing her comments.

Lawmakers from both parties accused Omar, through her tweets, of peddling the anti-Semitic trope that Jews control politics through money.

No one should invoke anti-Semitic tropes during policy disagreements. Pelosi said they had an "excellent meeting". And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized Monday after receiving intense backlash from members of her own party for comments on Israel and Jews that were widely denounced as anti-Semitic. I will make the case to Members on both side of the aisle that our alliance and friendship with Israel are important to our countries' shared interests, security, and values.

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The statement released by Pelosi's office was issued on her behalf, along with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark.