Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar apologises over accusations of anti-semitic remarks

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

The statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of House Democratic leadership said anti-Semitism had to be called out "without exception".

The situation started when Omar responded to a tweet that discussed how Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was reportedly considering Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the other Muslim Congresswoman, for their repeated antisemitic missives and associations.

Back in October, McCarthy posted a tweet that suggested three Jewish billionaire Democratic donors - George Soros, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg - were attempting to "buy" the 2018 midterm elections.

How much criticism has she gotten? And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

Pelosi said that she personally spoke with Omar and that they "agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar replied, referring to American $100 bills featuring the likeness of Benjamin Franklin. "They rely on anti-Semitic tropes that are centuries old and have no place today in America or the halls of Congress", Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

Omar apologized in a threaded tweet beginning here.

The spat spurred a conversation about the political influence of AIPAC, which spends millions lobbying on legislation each year.

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Some lawmakers called on Democrats to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. "The most powerful political moneybags in American politics are Zionists", he tweeted.

He noted Democrats were largely quiet when Omar flip-flopped on her support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, known as BDS. She said, "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 on Monday stood by her criticism of the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", lumping in AIPAC with the pro-gun National Rifle Association and oil companies.

Omar's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. "However racist or bigoted tropes can be intentionally or unintentionally triggered in making those critiques and yes that matters - it always matters", Hend Amry tweeted. She's made herself a lightning rod.

Before apologizing Monday, Omar had doubled down on her comments Sunday night, calling criticisms a smear from the other party.

"Chelsea - I would be happy to talk", Omar wrote.

She faced Islamaphobic bigotry in her first few weeks in office and has repeatedly denounced discrimination against Jews. 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 previous year. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith". "In the face of that abdication of leadership, Republicans will take action this week to ensure the House speaks out against this hatred and stands with Israel and the Jewish people".

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