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Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro-Israel Chelsea Clinton Rebukes Ilhan Omar Over 'Anti-Semitic Tropes'
Patty Aguilar | 11 February, 2019, 21:14

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".

Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that U.S. politicians" support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence.

The statement comes just as two Jewish House Democrats, Rep. Elaine Luria (VA) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ), sent leadership a letter urging the caucus to condemn anti-Semitism, after a fellow freshman Democrat came under fire for a tweet that's been criticized as anti-Semitic.

But not every lawmaker smacked Omar for her tweets.

Fellow freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose of NY called the comments "deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", according to Politico.

It started when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) threatened to take action against Omar and another freshman lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), over allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.

In another Sunday night tweet, Omar answered a journalist who questioned who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel".

"Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive". The organization linked to a 2018 Gallup poll finding that 64 percent of Americans sympathize with the Israelis over the Palestinians, saying, "American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are".

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But the tweet was swiftly condemned by high-profile figures on both sides of the aisle, including a former USA ambassador to Israel and Chelsea Clinton, whose husband is Jewish.

Omar has yet to respond to the American Jewish Committee's request.

This isn't the first time the 37-year-old has been accused of anti-Semitism.

Aipac spends millions of dollars a year lobbying lawmakers and the United States federal government to adopt pro-Israel policies, according to campaign-finance monitors.

"OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way", Ungar-Sargon wrote.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted: "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism". "I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you". She can advocate any policy she wants.

Clinton said she would contact the congresswoman's office Monday.

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