Pence lashes out at Omar, 2020 Dems in AIPAC speech

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The letter continued, "Rep. Omar's presence as a keynote speaker to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations, demonstrates that she has learned next to nothing over the last few weeks when she was reprimanded by your office and by other Democrats for posting ugly, anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and their organizations".

"I believe reasonable people can find her comments hurtful and the clarification insufficient". Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Amid the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, contenders such as Sen. Hoyer took a thinly veiled swipe at both Omar and Tlaib during a speech at AIPAC on Sunday, promising to lead the largest-ever delegation of congressional freshmen to Israel in August despite Tlaib's efforts to launch a competing trip.

Senator Bernie Sanders said in a statement that "we must not ... equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government".

"I just think we have a duty and an obligation to denounce anti-Semitism in all of its forms", McFaul said.

The entire Democratic - or "Democrat", as Pence put it, using the ungrammatical truncation that has become popular on the right - Party also came under assault from Pence, who has proved himself to be a reliable messenger for President Trump.

Unlike past year, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's agenda for the day of cordial meet-and-greets with lawmakers and their staffs does not include the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation to prohibit companies and their employees from providing information to the United Nations that could be used to publicly list businesses operating in the West Bank. "It is wrong to boycott Israel".

"Anyone who slanders this historic alliance between the United States and Israel should never have a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee", Pence said.

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Omar was appointed to the committee in January.

AIPAC did not respond to Al-Monitor's request for comment.

Trump signed the executive order alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who planned to address the AIPAC conference on Tuesday but cut his USA trip short amid the news of the rocket that hit an Israeli home.

"White nationalists seeking to divide natural allies of communities of color or Jewish people from Muslims, if we are challenging or fighting one another as opposed to challenging that ideology, they are able to continue to cause all of our communities harm", Rabbi Michael Latz of the Shirtikvah Congregation in Minneapolis told VOA.

"Under President Donald Trump, if the world knows nothing else the world knows this: America stands with Israel", Pence said.

The leaders of Romania and Honduras followed in Trump's footsteps and announced on March 24 they would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In recent days, Trump has repeatedly called Democrats the "anti-Israel" party and lashed out at his Democratic rivals for not attending the conference.

Pompeo, like other Republicans at the AIPAC conference, also assailed the Democratic Party after comments by Representative Ilhan Omar, who apologized after her talk of dual loyalties among supporters of Israel was seen as anti-Semitic. "Israel depends on it".

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