Rep. Ilhan Omar faces backlash over AIPAC comments


"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar tweeted in response to Greenwald, suggesting lawmakers receive financial contributions in exchange for supporting the Middle East's only democracy.

AIPAC also helped draftthe Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720) bill criminalizing support for the BDS after outlining in its 2017 lobbying agenda that the passage of the bill was one of its top priorities.

He said that Israel is an indispensable us strategic ally in the Middle East, and it's "immoral" for Omar to suggest that Jews have "bought off" members of Congress.

But on Sunday, some Democrats also joined a chorus of critics rebuking Omar for using what some described as an ugly anti-Semitic trope: that Jews control politics through money.

Shapiro likened her tweet about the influence of AIPAC to an anti-Semitic trope that politicians who support the Jewish state have been "bought off by American Jewish money".

Her tweet linked to a statement by journalist Glenn Greenwald about Republicans' growing disdain for Omar's anti-Israel position. "So that means she's supportive of these actions" by Omar. "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough". The overwhelming majority of Members of Congress believe in a solution that provides for two states for two peoples-directly negotiated by the parties-because is it the only way to a meaningful, lasting and secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians that recognizes the needs, interests, and concerns of both peoples. And if she'll listen, we should keep the door open. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY condemned Omar's tweets Monday morning.

In fact, Omar's response was immediate "AIPAC". So she's quite literally referring to Jews and pro-Israel advocates.

"OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way", Ungar-Sargon wrote.

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"When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent".

Rose, who is Jewish, wrote in a statement, "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself". "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable".

This isn't the first time the 37-year-old has been accused of anti-Semitism.

When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and do not recognize the other religions living in the country, and we still hold it up as a democracy in the Middle East, I nearly chuckle.

Clinton said she would contact the congresswoman's office Monday.

"First @IlhanMN said that Jews hypnotize everyone into getting their way".

Striking a conciliatory note, at least within her own party, Omar retweeted a post by Chelsea Clinton.

GOP groups, including the National Republican Campaign Committee, blasted Omar over the remarks.