Friday, 22 February, 2019

Trump Says Rep. Omar Should Resign Over Anti-Semitic Tweets, Calls Apology ‘Lame’

Omar Ilhan in anti-Semitism row for saying AIPAC money behind Republican support for Israel US Congresswomen openly endorse BDS – Middle East Monitor
Leonard Rios | 13 February, 2019, 01:28

Omar was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for saying on Twitter that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, was paying US politicians to support Israel.

"What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology ... was just not appropriate", Trump said at a cabinet meeting. Nevertheless, in the USA, where the Israeli lobby is so strong that one can be accused of anti-Semitism for a single word Israeli government deems offensive, it was not long until Omar faced heavy insults and slander.

AIPAC, however, does not give members of Congress campaign donations.

The editorial board noted Omar's latest tweet controversy came less than a month after the newspaper criticized her for spreading conspiracy theories about Sen.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, left, is joined by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, at US President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, February 5, 2019. "And Congressman Omar, it's bad what she said", the commander-in-chief continued.

The Minnesota Democrat said she had no intention offending anyone, including Jewish Americans.

"There's a growing group of people in the Democratic Party that are anti-Israel openly, and I think they're afraid of them", said Rubio. In other words, her anti-Semitic convictions are so damned deep, it takes only one word to communicate them. Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes highlighted the need to use specific language to ensure that legitimate policy critiques don't come across as bigoted - a point especially salient as anti-Semitic incidents in America rose by 60 percent in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League. When asked who she thought was paying lawmakers, she replied: "AIPAC!"

The nonprofit responded Sunday night: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship".

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We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. "We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work".

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

Then she used all of the faux integrity with which she hoped those two paragraphs endowed her to deliver the real punch: "At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry". She has countless times reiterated that her rejection of the Israeli government refers to its stance toward Palestinians and is not directed at Jewish people.

Omar was also on the record implying that Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that called Israel "Jewish ISIS".

Omar has also expressed regret for tweeting in 2012: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

The letter's authors, who are both Jewish, did not mention Omar by name, but their intent was clear. Several of those Democrats had raised concerns that the bill's bid to rein in anti-Israel boycott efforts risked violating the constitutional rights of activists, although all the senators are opposed to the Palestinian-led push itself.

One of those notes was one that read, "Mazel Tov".

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