Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

House leaders in both parties condemn anti-Semite Omar

House leaders in both parties condemn anti-Semite Omar

Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia, does not name lawmakers but it is clearly a reference to freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who is the target of recent criticism on the left and right for comments seen as both overt and subtly anti-Semitic.

Omar is one of the two first Muslim women to serve in Congress; the other is fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Omar apologized in a tweet on Monday afternoon, but said that "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry". "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.

U.S. congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted out an apology on Monday, after posts she had written a day earlier were condemned as anti-Semitic.

How much criticism has she gotten?

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It's also a deliberate misreading of reality. The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person and are meant to "educate political leaders and influencers about the importance of the US - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences". She is, to put it bluntly, an Islamist hater of Israel.

They are turning public support for Israel - which largely had been bipartisan and religiously pluralistic - into an effort propelled by members of one political party and one religious worldview. Both have been vocal advocates for Palestinians and support the "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" (or BDS) movement to punish Israel economically.

BDS masquerades as a call for justice, but its discriminatory goal is indistinguishable from anti-Semitism.

The statement, which also touted the lawmakers' support for Israel, did not say whether any further action against Omar would be taken.

Omar was responding to a tweet from Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who argued on Twitter that the GOP's move to equate Omar and Tlaib's criticism of Israel to the embrace of white supremacist rhetoric by Representative Steve King, R, "is obscene".

The apology came shortly after Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, condemned Omar's remarks as anti-Semitic and said they were "deeply offensive" to supporters of Israel.

The reason for this is obvious. That's not just due to their identities as Somali- and Palestinian-American, respectively. 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. The Never Trumper William Kristol, who regularly accuses the president of fanning bigotry, had maintained a puzzling silence on Twitter as of this writing. If Ilhan Omar understands that, she should make it clear before she inadvertently becomes a casualty in the war of anti-Muslim extremists against anyone seeking peace and justice in the Middle East.

"Trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes is unacceptable and deeply worrisome to the Jewish community", U.S. Rep.

Omar then quote-tweeted Ungar-Sargon, saying only: "AIPAC!"

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