Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for anti-Semitic tweets after backlash from congressional leaders

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

‘All about the Benjamins’: Ilhan Omar sparks Twitter backlash over ‘anti-Semitic’ post

"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 wrote.

And though he did not name Omar, he left little doubt that his statement was a response to her tweets.

Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working to bring some balance to the U.S. position, which now gives priority to Israel.

Omar said this afternoon that she has "unequivocally apologized".

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar tweeted Sunday in reference to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

"At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", she said via twitter.

Liz Cheney, a top Republican leader in the House of Representatives, urged Democratic leaders to remove Omar from the committee.

Freshmen Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) garnered considerable criticism from Democrats and Republicans over the weekend for comments she made regarding the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) deemed by many as anti-Semitic.

U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has been critical of Omar and other Democrats' comments about Israel, calling them anti-Semitic. Omar is one of two of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

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"House Democrat leadership continues to be silent as Americans from both sides of the aisle condemn this rhetoric and pattern of behavior", he charged.

Shapiro said that some held off on criticizing Omar because they wanted to work with her.

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has formidable financial clout, and it prides itself on its influence in USA politics.

Max Rose, who won a tight race in NY, said the Democratic Party and the USA should be a place where "we celebrate the diversity of our people".

Following mounting criticism about her anti-Israeli sentiments in Congress, and on Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was compelled to release the following statement. He went on to say her implication that Americans only support Israel because of money is offensive.

Ms Omar later responded to Ms Clinton by saying she would be "happy to talk", adding "we must call out smears from the [Republican party] and their allies". That referred to a Senate bill that would have permitted state and local governments to ban contracts with any companies or groups who support a boycott of Israel. "Sincerely, American Jews", Ungar-Sargon wrote back to Omar, a statement that Clinton said she seconded.

She also recently came under fire for a 2012 tweet where she said Israel had "hypnotized the world" and accused them of "evil doings".

"Rep. Ilhan Omar is due to speak alongside senior Islamic Relief USA official Yousef Abdallah, who was widely criticized in 2017 after the Middle East Forum found he had expressed violently anti-Semitic ideas on his social media accounts".

"I fully expect that when we disagree on the Foreign Affairs Committee, we will debate policy on the merits and never question members' motives or resort to personal attacks", Engel said.

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