Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing backlash after suggesting Republican support of Israel is fueled by donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a prominent pro-Israel group.
Omar's vile remarks came in response to a Haaretz report that stated that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was going to take action against anti-Semitic Reps. "We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes", they wrote.
Even before she won the Democratic primary for Minnesota's Fifth District congressional seat, I noted that Ilhan Omar posed "A question for Democrat" (i.e., how they would deal with anti-Semitism in their party). Omar raised over $1 million for her freshman campaign past year, including from unions and from Emily's List, a group that seeks increased participation by women in politics. "I would say that she probably objects to the fact that when it comes to issues around foreign policy, or comes to issue specifically to Israel, there are a lot of interests, a lot of folks who make campaign contributions based on a person's position on Israel". Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough".
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"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel".
Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working to bring some balance to the United States position, which now gives priority to Israel. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".