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"When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent", he wrote, adding: "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough".

And while The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin cheered Pelosi's swift response to Omar, days earlier she had claimed that, "in the Democratic Party, unlike the Republican Party, racism gets no sanctuary".

The statement comes after two Jewish House Democrats, alarmed by what they consider anti-Semitic comments from new Muslim colleagues, urged Pelosi and her top lieutenants to denounce the divisive rhetoric and take action to stop it. But Engel said he finds it "shocking to hear a member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money.'" He said he will emphasize to committee members of both parties that the American-Israeli relationship is important.

Omar doesn't seem to miss an opportunity to criticize the Jewish people and Israel.

I very recently defended Omar and her fellow Muslim representative, Rashida Tlaib, against McCarthy's attacks, but I can not countenance her attribution of pro-Israeli attitudes, within and beyond the Republican Party, to the "Jewish lobby", however it's defined.

She referenced that criticism again after her apology Monday: "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIRPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders also criticized Omar's remarks on Monday.

House Democratic leadership released a statement condemning Omar's remarks on Monday afternoon, slamming the Minnesota rep's "deeply offensive" and "prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters" while demanding she "immediately apologize for these hurtful comments".

They are turning public support for Israel - which largely had been bipartisan and religiously pluralistic - into an effort propelled by members of one political party and one religious worldview.

In the past, she tweeted that "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

"There is no place in our country for anti-Semitic comments".

The controversy started Sunday evening, when Omar responded to a comment about political leaders' support for Israel.

Omar's latest tweets were also condemned by conservatives and some fellow liberals, including Chelsea Clinton and Democratic Reps. "At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the US 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.

Omar apologized in a threaded tweet beginning here.

He said her positions would only serve to further isolate her in the debate.

Here is Katherine Clark meeting with Netanyahu and the rightwing settler-supporting ambassador, David Friedman, along with Nancy Pelosi and Hakeem Jeffries and other Democrats a year ago, even as Israel was shooting nonviolent demonstrators at the Gaza border.


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