Starnes to Rep. Omar After Controversial Israel Remarks: 'Apology Not Accepted'

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

The tweet was immediately criticized as being anti-Semitic, implying Jewish Americans use money to influence a sympathetic USA foreign policy toward Israel.

Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Forward, a Jewish newspaper, responded to Omar by saying: "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess". "Essentially saying, "I apologize, even though I was right all along'".

Leading Democrats have publicly rebuked one of their own Muslim congresswoman after she sparked accusations of anti-Semitism.

"At the same time", she wrote, "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the [National Rifle Association] or the fossil fuel industry".

Ms Omar responded "AIPAC!" referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a bipartisan lobbying group which promotes US-Israel relations.

While Omar apologized, she did not delete the tweets she was apologizing for.

The exchanges triggered an uproar, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi castigating Omar and demanding an "immediate" apology for using "anti-Semitic tropes" in her tweet, and several Democrats and Republicans assailing their colleague for her language.

Omar's tweets were not the first time she had made questionable comments concerning Jews.

She also recently came under fire for a 2012 tweet where she said Israel had "hypnotized the world" and accused them of "evil doings".

Then Rep. -elect Ilhan Omar, with then House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, right, speaks about the party's legislative priorities during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, November 30, 2018. "We hope that our caucus will take swift action to address these issues in the coming days by reiterating our rejection of anti-Semitism and our continued support for the state of Israel", the letter read.

"Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable, and it's shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of "Jewish money.' 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". "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", Mr Rose said.

"For almost two weeks, Rep". 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.

"Thank you for the apology and for hearing the voices of Jewish Americans", tweeted congressman Josh Gottheimer.

Omar isn't the only freshman Democratic congresswoman to get in trouble for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.

Before apologizing Monday, Omar had doubled down on her comments Sunday night, calling criticisms a smear from the other party. Other Democrats, including Chelsea Clinton, also tweeted criticism of Omar's rhetoric.

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