Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar once again faces anti-Semitism allegations

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

But the freshman Muslim lawmaker said she's still concerned about "the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics".

Generally speaking, Americans tend to be pro-Israel thanks to acute and widespread awareness of the Holocaust and of Jewish statelessness as one of the principal reasons the Holocaust occurred (you could contrast this, by the way, with the average Americans very limited awareness of Palestinian history).

Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to apologize for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories over the weekend in a statement released on Monday and ended up promoting her anti-Semitic views even more.

Pelosi said she spoke with Omar they had "agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

In fact, Omar's response was immediate "AIPAC". He's chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee's subcommittee with jurisdiction over Middle East policy.

In a statement co-signed by several members of the Democratic House leadership team, Pelosi issued a condemnation of her comments and claimed that she spoke with Omar about the situation.

"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", Engel said.

The chairman of that committee, Democrat Eliot Engel of NY, issued a statement calling Omar's comment "shocking", and he promised to "shine a light on the evil of anti-Semitism and the danger it poses".

House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler, also of NY, said Ms Omar's choice of words was "deeply disappointing and disturbing".

Before apologizing Monday, Omar had doubled down on her comments Sunday night, calling criticisms a smear from the other party.

Still, some who agree with Omar's position on Israel argued that she could criticise the Israeli government or the pro-Israel lobbying establishment without using stereotypes that Jews find offensive.

As IJR reported earlier, Omar found herself in hot water on Sunday after she, yet again, tweeted that the Jewish people are buying support for the state of Israel.

Her comments are now receiving backlash over social media, including from fellow Democrats. Pelosi has celebrated the general enthusiasm of these new members and has taken a more subtle approach to address some of their missteps.

"These latest harmful and damaging remarks regarding our support for our most valued key United States ally in the Middle East can not go unchallenged".

"There is no place in our country for anti-Semitic comments". Some were outraged that Omar was not groveling enough... "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.

Lebanese-American Congresswoman Donna Shalala also condemned Ms Omar's rhetoric. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".

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