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

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Scott said in a statement Monday afternoon that Omar "should be ashamed of her offensive and insensitive remarks".

Democrat Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of which Omar is a member, called it "shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money'".

Rep. Ilhan Omar sparked a growing backlash from Democrats and Republicans across the United States Monday; facing fierce criticism after posting another series of anti-Semitic and conspiratorial tweets on social media over the weekend.

Omar, in messages on Twitter Sunday night, implied that USA policy on Israel was influenced by money and by AIPAC.

"Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception", they said.

Citing the tweet, Omar replied, "AIPAC!"

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With a long history of anti-Semitic statements, she tweeted Sunday that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and others were paying off Congress to defend Israel. While it is barred from directly donating to candidates, it encourages its more than 100,000 members to do so and to be politically active. The overwhelming majority of Members of Congress believe in a solution that provides for two states for two peoples-directly negotiated by the parties-because is it the only way to a meaningful, lasting and secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians that recognizes the needs, interests, and concerns of both peoples.

As requested, Omar issued an "unequivocal" apology for her comments, claiming that she never meant to offend any of her constituents. She called out McCarthy for tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

"Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive", said Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders.

Pelosi of California also said on Twitter that she had talked with Omar and that they agreed to "use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

Two Jewish House Democrats are circulating a letter to their colleagues asking them to join in asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the party leadership to condemn anti-Semitism citing "recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus". Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for their support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli government.

The claim that Jews use wealth to get their way is another libel that is straight out of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", the classic anti-Semitic hoax that has migrated from czarist Russian Federation to the Muslim fever swamps. Her tweet linked to a statement by journalist Glenn Greenwald about Republicans' growing disdain for Omar's anti-Israel position. "At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the USA and overseas, Rep. Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics", Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL, said in a written statement. Beyond that, there is a very specific set of religious perspectives that make America more pro-Israel than similar but more secular countries; many Christians from various traditions have a bad conscience over many centuries of Christian anti-Semitism.