Omar Apologizes For Tweet Some Called Anti-Semitic, Stands By AIPAC Criticism

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Last month, Ms Omar apologised for saying Israel had "hypnotised" the world - a term once used by Nazis. Taken together, she appeared to suggest that Republican outrage was rooted in money. Asked who was paying off American politicians, she responded: "AIPAC!". "We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes".

When a user asked who Omar believes is paying United States politicians to support Israel, the former Somali refugee tweeted a one-word response - "Aipac!" - referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep.

Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia, does not name lawmakers but it is clearly a reference to freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who is the target of recent criticism on the left and right for comments seen as both overt and subtly anti-Semitic. " - the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful lobby that channels campaign donations to sympathetic legislators". House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY condemned Omar's tweets Monday morning. "Her words are deeply hurtful and offensive". A former Minnesota state legislator, she is a 37-year-old Somali-American who was swept into office in November's "blue wave" of Democrats. They added, "We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments".

"Equating @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib's criticism of Israel to Steve King's long defense of white supremacy is obscene (McCarthy said it's worse)".

Omar doesn't seem to miss an opportunity to criticize the Jewish people and Israel. "It's all about the Benjamins baby", she wrote on Twitter over the weekend.

Citing the tweet, Omar replied, "AIPAC!". She has supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement which aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel.

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Pelosi of California also said on Twitter that she had talked with Omar and that they agreed to "use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

"OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way", Ungar-Sargon wrote. "Just be careful to do it in a way that can't be interpreted as being anti-Semitic". "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.

Republicans and Democrats alike said the tweets stoked anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money.

She has since apologised for the remarks.

Omar's Sunday night tweets drew immediate criticism from lawmakers in both parties. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith". Tlaib's spokesman also has not responded to a request for comment.

This article was written by _, a reporter for The Washington Post.