Rep. Omar Apologizes for Tweets About Support for Israel

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"I think the right thing to do is to apologize, engage, to listen and I'm sure she's going to do all of that", Ellison said.

Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders said in a statement Monday, "Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive".

Omar questioned the financial relationship between AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby, and members of Congress in tweets over the weekend. "At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States and overseas, Rep Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics", said Jonathan A Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Seriously? A Muslim woman living in one of the top three most radical Islamic communities in the USA does not know about Jew hatred?

Omar did issue an apology Monday and vowed to learn from the experience and better understand damage that can be done with anti-Semitic comments.

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Omar, in messages on Twitter Sunday night, implied that USA policy on Israel was influenced by money and by AIPAC.

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic Tropes", Omar said.

Democratic leaders issued the intra-party reprimand after three rancorous weeks of emoji-laced Twitter spats where Omar faced multiple accusations of anti-Semitism - the final straw apparently coming Sunday night, after Omar suggested House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., supports Israel only for campaign donations.

Omar did not immediately respond.

The volume of outrage and cries of anti-Semitism from the U.S. establishment seemed to further bolster Omar's comments about the sway the Israel lobby holds over elected officials and the country's two leading political parties.

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Her comments, and the backlash they provoked, show how fractured the American debate over Israel has become. She was referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association.

As she was heading to Washington for the event, she tweeted a picture of herself at the airport with her father, writing, "23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC".

In a series of undercover recordings obtained by Electronic Intifada, prominent AIPAC officials and donors who are part of the organization's "network" boasted about how their payments to American politicians have been instrumental in advancing Israeli interests, including "getting $38 billion in security aid to Israel" in the fall of 2016.

"Thank you for the apology and for hearing the voices of Jewish Americans", tweeted Congressman Josh Gottheimer.

Meanwhile the Israel Lobby hopes it can push enough Democrats to vote in support of the Senate's anti-BDS bill. The phrase "it's all about the Benjamins baby" was popularized by a 1997 single by Puff Daddy featuring Lil' Kim, The Lox and The Notorious B.I.G., taken from the hit album "No Way Out". In other words, her anti-Semitic convictions are so damned deep, it takes only one word to communicate them. She has supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel.

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Rose went on to say that as far as Omar is concerned, "it's time to move on" as he and reporters walked along. "May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

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