Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Slammed for 'Stunningly Anti-Semitic Tweet'
Feb 11 2019
Omar is facing blowback from Democrats and Republicans after retweeting The Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald's criticism of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who promised "action" against the Minnesota Democrat and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for their critical stance on Israel. "Congresswoman Omar's comments are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", he wrote. "We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes".
Omar has yet to respond to the American Jewish Committee's request.
The first anti-Semitic trope Ungar-Sargon referred to was when Omar said in 2012 that "Israel has hypnotized the world".
The letter did not name Ms Omar, but said top Democrats, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, must confront lawmakers who make "reckless statements".
Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) tweet about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was "stunningly anti-Semitic", and Chelsea Clinton also slammed the "anti-Semitic language and tropes".
Former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett told Omar on January 30 "We have your back!" after she claimed concerns about her being on the House Foreign Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations only related to her religion.
These tweets were met with an immediate backlash on both sides of the aisle.
"So sick & twisted", wrote Rep. There should be NO home in USA politics, college campuses, or halls of Congress for ANY of this garbage.
McCarthy has decried Omar and Tlaib's support for BDS as anti-Semitic, attributing their opposition to the nation-state of Israel to anti-Jewish bigotry.
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning that he didn't view Omar's comments as anti-Semitic.
He went on to emphasize in a further tweet that now she will have no influence in her party on the issue, but that it could have been different "Had she come to DC, shown sympathy and empathy for Israelis and Palestinians, learned to assign responsibility in appropriate measure to both sides, considered the totality of USA interests in the region, maybe taken a trip to learn".
Many took to Twitter to accuse Omar of anti-Semitism, with others claiming ignorance about AIPAC.
"Chelsea - I would be happy to talk", Omar wrote.
She added: "I know that if we saw that in another society we would criticize it - we do that to Iran and any other place that upholds its religion". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar tweeted at the former first daughter.