A major Jewish advocacy organization on Sunday called on Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarCongress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch Progressives say Congress must reject funding for more ICE agents Fresh faces bring familiar GOP refrain: Dems are too extreme MORE (D-Minn.) to apologize for suggesting that a pro-Israel lobbying group was buying off lawmakers, calling her tweet “stunningly anti-Semitic.”
“@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic,” the American Jewish Committee tweeted, while linking to a poll from last year showing strong support for Israel among American voters.
“American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are. Apologize.”
.@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are (https://t.co/QMr1oCcnHX). Apologize. pic.twitter.com/VdJh0W8sx1
— AJC (@AJCGlobal) February 11, 2019
AJC included a screenshot of a tweet from Omar where she responded to a question about who she “thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel” by saying “AIPAC!” Her tweet was in reference to the major pro-Israel lobbying group.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Omar had earlier Sunday retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCongress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch McCarthy says Omar, Tlaib’s comments on Israel worse than Steve King Leaders from both parties pay tribute to Dingell’s life on House floor MORE (R-Calif.) promising “action” toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibCongress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch Progressives say Congress must reject funding for more ICE agents Gillibrand jabs Trump: ‘Female jobs he created were Democratic women in Congress’ MORE (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism. She captioned that retweet with a message: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” referring to money.
It’s all about the Benjamins baby https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
The tweets drew immediate criticism from Twitter followers across the political spectrum, who pointed to the long anti-Semitic tradition of portraying Jews as controlling politicians and other powerful figures through money.
Omar’s office initially responded to The Hill’s request for comment about the “Benjamins” tweet by referring to her AIPAC tweet. The office did not immediately respond to a follow-up request about AJC’s statement.
Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsFive takeaways from acting AG’s fiery House hearing Top Judiciary Republican to Swalwell: ‘Stop running for president’ Democrat to acting AG: ‘We are not joking here’ MORE (R-Ga.) also called out Omar for her Sunday tweets.
“Wow. A sitting U.S. Congresswoman actually just suggested AIPAC is paying Members of Congress to support Israel, one of our strongest and longest standing allies,” he wrote. “This level of anti-Semitism coming from the left is truly stunning and must be denounced.”
Wow. A sitting U.S. Congresswoman actually just suggested AIPAC is paying Members of Congress to support Israel, one of our strongest and longest standing allies.
This level of anti-Semitism coming from the left is truly stunning and must be denounced. https://t.co/VSWixEi8ep
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) February 11, 2019
Omar, as a well as Tlaib, have been criticized by Republicans for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which condemns Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
McCarthy said the Democratic congresswomen’s comments were “more so” reprehensible than the comments made by embattled Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) earlier this year.
GOP leadership stripped King of his committee assignments after he questioned when the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive during an interview with the New York Times.
Both have maintained that their support of BDS is not anti-Semitic.
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