Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., apologized Monday for comments in which she implied that a prominent pro-Israel lobby compensated lawmakers for their support of the Jewish state, but insisted on what she called “the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics.”
“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,” Omar wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. 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.”
Yes, Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar is entitled to the right of free speech.
But why did Nancy Pelosi put her on the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee?
While she, Linda Sarsour and Rashida Tlaib have accused American Jews of “dual loyalty,” please watch this clip and ask yourself if this sounds like someone who is loyal to the USA:
Ilhan Omar considers the USA equivalent to Al-Qaeda. pic.twitter.com/fNHWCbCeeA
— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) February 7, 2019
And, she always hides her Jew-hatred by claiming that she is “allowed” to “criticize” the government of Israel. But the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) anti-Israel movement, which she wholeheartedly supports, does not believe that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state.
Another day, another anti-Semitic controversy for freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.)….
Omar linked to a tweet by left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) for threatening punishment against Omar and fellow anti-Israel Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.). She wrote, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” with musical notes, a reference to $100 bills with Benjamin Franklin’s face on them….
Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon criticized Omar for tweeting an “anti-Semitic trope” and said she’d love to know who is “paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.” Omar responded, “AIPAC!”, the name of the pro-Israel lobbying organization….
Please learn how to talk about Jews in a non-anti-Semitic way. Sincerely, American Jews. https://t.co/qo3BU2Pqgn
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) February 11, 2019