US Muslim lawmaker sorry for 'anti-Semitic' tweet

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Within hours, Omar issued a statement, saying, "I unequivocally apologize".

The text of the resolution mentions Omar by name, citing, among other things, Omar's statement that "Israel has hypnotized the world".

Her words were in response to a tweet by journalist Glenn Greenwald, who'd criticized GOP leaders for targeting Omar and another Democratic Muslim lawmaker, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, for being openly vocal in their hostility against Israel.

Two Democratic lawmakers circulated a letter addressed to Pelosi and other leaders urging them to take "swift action" against anti-Semitic language by members.

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". None of the Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in publicly as their party's House leaders chastised Omar.

"To be clear, she's not listening or learning because she keeps using anti-Semitic tropes to push her anti-Semitic agenda, then pretending she's not heard of the tropes", Jason Rantz 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. Ilhan Omar immediately apologize for the comments.

Omar's supporters dismissed accusations calling the new politicians anti-Semitic, while critics said her comments perpetuated an age-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that claims Jews use money to control politics from behind the scenes.

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Omar's unusually outspoken criticism of the pro-Israel lobby has rattled some of her Democratic colleagues.

Aipac spends millions of dollars a year lobbying lawmakers and the U.S. federal government to adopt pro-Israel policies, according to campaign-finance monitors. She called out McCarthy for tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

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

The American Jewish Committee immediately responded, telling Rep. Omar "suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic".

In 2018, AIPAC spent more than US$3.5 million lobbying for pro-Israel measures, according to lobbying disclosure filings maintained by the Senate's Office of Public Records.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman referred to Omar's tweet as 'painful but amusing'.

"As I have said, as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I will ensure support for Israel remains strong and bipartisan and I will shine a light on the evil of anti-Semitism and the danger it poses".

"No, criticism of Israel isn't anti-semitism, just like criticism of a Muslim majority state isn't Islamophobia, by default". "However racist or bigoted tropes can be intentionally or unintentionally triggered in making those critiques and yes that matters-it always matters".

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