After Facing Backlash Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes For Remarks That Were Taken As Anti-Semetic
She apologized to those in the Jewish community who would have been offended but still stands by criticism against the lobbyist group AIPAC.
February 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm
Amid scrutiny from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), among others, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) apologized Monday for seemingly anti-Semitic tweets on Monday.
She wrote in a public statement on Twitter, "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. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
Omar commented on a tweet Sunday that implied that campaign donations spearhead GOP support for a pro-Israel group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She previously commented on a tweet to Glenn Greenwald, "It's all about the Benjamins baby."
Omar's apology comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the following statement:
"We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel's policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments."
On Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Omar along with other Democrats for their disapproval of the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.
Back in October 2018, Kevin McCarthy was accused of making Anti-Semitic comments about not allowing George Soros to buy the election after a pipe-bomb was delivered to his house.
On Monday, Pelosi tweeted that she and Ihlan will push forward against all forms of anti-Semitism.
"In our conversation today, Congresswoman Omar and I agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms," Pelosi said.
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