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Omar Ilhan in anti-Semitism row for saying AIPAC money behind Republican support for Israel

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald criticized McCarthy's comments on Twitter, writing, "It's stunning how much time United States political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans".

This response also very much reflects the truth, and carries no sentiment close to anti-Semitism as it is widely known that in addition to Jewish members of the lobby, many other members of AIPAC are non-Jewish people in favor with good relations with Israel. Nevertheless, in the USA, where the Israeli lobby is so strong that one can be accused of anti-Semitism for a single word Israeli government deems offensive, it was not long until Omar faced heavy insults and slander. "But Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive".

"Unlike this President, Rep. [Omar] demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn [about] history of antisemitism [sic],+grow from it while clarifying her stance", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

"There's a growing group of people in the Democratic Party that are anti-Israel openly, and I think they're afraid of them", said Rubio. In recent weeks, Jewish lawmakers have huddled privately to discuss what they should do about their new colleagues, who openly criticize Israel and have made insensitive comments about Jews and Jewish Americans. She called out McCarthy for tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

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Last month, Omar expressed regret for saying in a 2012 tweet that Israel "has hypnotised the world" while carrying out "evil". Another tweet mentioned "the Benjamins", a reference to $100 bills.

Then she used all of the faux integrity with which she hoped those two paragraphs endowed her to deliver the real punch: "At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".

"I think it was a bad statement, and I don't think her apology was adequate", he said.

AIPAC, however, does not give members of Congress campaign donations.

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The BDS movement according to their own website, "works to end global support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with worldwide law".

A powerful House chairman is warning members of his panel that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated after a freshman member sparked a bipartisan backlash to a tweet criticizing an American organization that supports Israel.

Several Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Rep Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and GOP Chairman Ronna McDaniel, have called for Omar's removal from the committee. She said the statement came in the context of Israel's treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The American Jewish Committee called Omar's suggestion that AIPAC is paying American politicians for their support "demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic". Omar, a refugee, had grown up hearing about the importance of democracy, and she quickly embraced the American ideals. She backtracked and apologized after a New York Times columnist explained to her why Jews could find it offensive. On Friday, McCarthy challenged Democrats to make similar moves against Omar and Tlaib, drawing an equivalence between their actions and those of King. Asked what she should have said, Trump replied: "She knows what to say".

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