After Bipartisan Backlash, Muslim Congresswoman Apologizes for 'Deeply Offensive' Anti-Semitic Tweet

Omar Ilhan in anti-Semitism row for saying AIPAC money behind Republican support for Israel

Republicans pounced on her comments and called for Democratic leadership in the House to allow for censure vote of Omar, who, along with Rashida Tlaib of MI, is one of the first two female Muslim lawmakers to secure seats in Congress.

"It's stunning how much time USA political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans", Greenwald wrote.

Ilhan Omar apologized Monday for suggesting that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel, comments that were condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic.

The backlash was swift.

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) wrote in a statement that "Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself".

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler said in a lengthy statement.

Even before her most recent comments, Republicans had criticized Democrats for appointing Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and called for her to be removed from her seat because of past statements critical of Israel. Another tweet mentioned "the Benjamins", a reference to $100 bills.

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

When Chelsea Clinton appeared to criticize her comments Monday, Omar tweeted, "Chelsea - I would be happy to talk. She might as well call us hook-nosed".

"I fully expect that when we disagree on the Foreign Affairs Committee, we will debate policy on the merits and never question members' motives or resort to personal attacks", he said.

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It's not the first backlash the freshman from Minneapolis has faced during her short tenure in Congress.

That sparked Pelosi's first public rebuke of a freshman lawmaker who had helped flip the House from Republican control and is part of a record number of women in Congress.

The Minnesota DFL Party declined to comment on the tweets.

Democratic Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Elaine Luria called on House leadership to speak out against Omar's comments in a letter.

House Democratic leaders issued a joint statement Monday calling on Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) to apologize for endorsing the "anti-Semitic trope" that Jewish donors leverage their wealth for nefarious political purposes. Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Indiana University, said that "there is obviously a serious fight going on within the Democratic Party with respect to how to deal with BDS and some within their party who advocate for it".

Omar supports a movement known as BDS, for "boycott, divestment and sanctions" aimed at Israel.

Citing the tweet, Omar replied, "AIPAC!".

"Such rhetoric puts our community in danger, should have no place in our politics, and undermines efforts to achieve Middle East peace", Hunegs wrote. "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it", Omar said.

The statement, which also touted the lawmakers' support for Israel, did not say whether any further action against Omar would be taken. "I think that my colleague [Omar], she has decided not to take campaign contributions from some folks".

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