Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro

Leroy Wright
February 11, 2019

"Omar has many colleagues who've modeled how to strike this balance for years: supporting Israel's security &legitimacy &close US-Isr ties, supporting 2 states for 2 peoples, criticizing each side when warranted, differing with/Trump's approach that helps entrench the conflict", Shapiro tweeted.

"Wow. A sitting U.S. Congresswoman actually just suggested AIPAC is paying Members of Congress to support Israel, one of our strongest and longest standing allies", Representative Doug Collins tweeted".

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

McCarthy had said that statements by Omar and Tlaib - which many believe have crossed the line into anti-Semitism - were on par and "more so" with the racist rhetoric coming from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who's been stripped of his committee assignments.

In fact, Omar's response was immediate "AIPAC".

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Neither Omar's office in Minnesota nor in Washington immediately responded for comment to Newsweek when asked about the tweet, which appears to invoke an old anti-Semitic stereotype portraying Jews as rich, and using their wealth to orchestrate political affairs. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests.

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". Meanwhile, those who strongly disagree with her views and find them ill-informed, offensive, and even anti-Semitic also have to speak up.

"Chelsea - I would be happy to talk", Omar tweeted.

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", she said.

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". "The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that do not live up to that cherished ideal", Rose said.

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