United States congresswoman Omar apologizes for tweets on AIPAC's influence

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"It's stunning how much time USA political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans", Greenwald wrote.

"Her support for BDS is apparently her essence: blaming Israel alone for the conflict, absolving Palestinians of all responsibility, delegitimizing Israel's very existence, &accusing its supporters of shallow motives &manipulation by Jewish money", he wrote.

Rep. Ilhan Omar sparked outrage Sunday from both Democrats and Republicans after asserting on Twitter that USA support for Israel is based on monetary support from Jewish groups, especially AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The rebuke came after a pair of Jewish Democrats circulated a letter calling on Democratic leaders to take "swift action" against anti-Semitism, without mentioning Omar by name.

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Ted Deutch said in a statement.

She was subsequently criticized by prominent public figures including Chelsea Clinton.

Representative Eliot Engel, the Jewish chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on which Omar sits, similarly condemned the freshman lawmaker in a Monday afternoon statement issued soon after Nadler's.


In response, Omar tweeted: "It's all about the Benjamins baby" - slang for large sums of money.

Omar's Sunday night tweets drew immediate criticism from lawmakers in both parties. In private conversations, Pelosi has won Ocasio-Cortez over as an ally after the self-described Democratic socialist participated in a climate change rally in Pelosi's office past year.

New York Democratic Rep. Max Rose tweeted, "When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent".

A growing number of House Democrats are weighing in on the controversy.

The Minnesota DFL Party declined to comment on the tweets.

Both detractors and supporters immediately pounced on her 'apology' as proof that whatever they'd said before was right. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Republicans and Democrats alike said the tweets stoked anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for their support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli government.


Democrats, who had previously been reluctant to criticize Omar, joined in after Sunday's tweets. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a joint statement with Democratic leaders condemned Omar's remarks on Monday.

Liz Cheney, a top Republican leader in the House of Representatives, urged Democratic leaders to remove Omar from the committee. And she later expressed regret while on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah", saying she had to "take a deep breath and understand where people were coming from and what point they were trying to make".

"We have always to be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity".

"Something I never thought I'd say: Bravo Nancy" Cruz tweeted.

Nearly all the six leaders who signed the statement (below) have spoken at American Israel Public Affairs Committee - AIPAC- events or been adoring of the Israeli government.

Yet the Democratic Party has no interest in dishing out to Omar (and Tlaib) the same kind of stern justice that the Republicans meted out to Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who was guilty of sympathy for white nationalists.


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