The Home Democrat Management released a statement Monday afternoon condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN), calling her anti-Semitic remarks “deeply offending” and advising the freshman legislator to immediately apologize for her “painful remarks.”
” We are and will always be strong advocates of Israel in Congress since we comprehend that our support is based on shared worths and tactical interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is secured by the values of complimentary speech and democratic argument that the United States and Israel share,” the top House Democrats said in a joint declaration. “However Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial allegations about Israel’s advocates is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately ask forgiveness for these hurtful remarks.”
In our conversation today, Congresswoman Omar and I agreed that we should use this minute to move on as we decline anti-Semitism in all types. https://t.co/UpZA3DNgQs pic.twitter.com/1Z6rH65 e3M
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 11, 2019
Omar serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The declaration from Pelosi et. al. does not make any mention of prospective actions concerning her committee projects. Omar, among the first 2 Muslim ladies in Congress, drew stern rebukes from Republicans and fellow Democrats Monday after recommending U.S. assistance for Israel is fueled by money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.
The Minnesota freshman has dealt with criticism for weeks over her positions on the Jewish state, but it boiled over late Sunday after she responded to statements by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in a tweet.
” It’s everything about the Benjamins baby,” Omar replied, referring to American $100 bills including the similarity of Benjamin Franklin.
When a user asked who Omar thinks is paying United States political leaders to support Israel, the previous Somali refugee tweeted a one-word action: “AIPAC!”
The exchanges activated an outcry. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of your house Foreign Affairs Committee of which Omar is a member, said: “Anti-Semitism in any form is undesirable, and it’s stunning to hear a Member of Congress conjure up the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish cash.'”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) advised Democrat leaders to “condemn this anti-Semitism” and remove Omar from the committee.
2 Democrat legislators circulated a letter addressed to Democrat leaders, consisting of Pelosi, urging them to take “swift action” versus anti-Semitic language by members. The letter’s authors, Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Elaine Luria (D-VA), who are both Jewish, did not discuss Omar by name, but the target of their anger was clear.
” We need to speak up when any Member– Democrat or Republican— utilizes hazardous tropes and stereotypes, levels allegations of dual loyalty, or makes negligent statements like those the other day,” they wrote.
Omar has been critical of Israel’s government over its treatment of Palestinians. She has supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) motion which aims to put financial and political pressure on Israel.
Omar and fellow Muslim congressional freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) support for the boycott has opened a breach in the Democratic Party and threatens to produce a fissure in the ironclad U.S.-Israeli alliance.
At least a dozen lawmakers have actually honestly slammed Omar, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the very first Jewish congresswoman chosen from Florida.
Omar’s “tweets implying that American support for Israel is driven by money, instead of shared interests and worths, are worrying, offending and disturbing,” Wasserman Schultz said.
The Agence France-Presse added to this report.