US Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

US Muslim lawmaker Ilhan Omar sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called on Omar to apologize, saying that "her use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive". The committee's chairman, Democrat Eliot Engel, said Monday that "it's shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money.'".

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar replied, referring to American US$100 bills featuring the likeness of Benjamin Franklin.

Asked on Twitter who she thought was paying members of Congress to support Israel, Omar responded, "AIPAC!"

President Donald Trump says freshman Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar "should be ashamed of herself" over tweets suggesting that a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel. She opened with, "Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes".

"What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology ... was just not appropriate", Trump said at a cabinet meeting.

Ben Shapiro slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for tweets that many have deemed anti-Semitic.

Among those who condemned Omar were Democratic and Republican lawmakers; Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration; and Jewish organizations.

On "The Ben Shapiro Show" Monday, Shapiro said Omar may have been rebuked by Democratic leaders, but he questioned why Democrats haven't pushed for a resolution of censure, which is a formal, public reprimand. Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes highlighted the need to use specific language to ensure that legitimate policy critiques don't come across as bigoted - a point especially salient as anti-Semitic incidents in America rose by 60 percent in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress", said Trump, who has himself been criticized for remarks offensive to racial and ethnic minorities.

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

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic House leaders condemned her remarks, calling for an apology and saying anti-Semitism must be confronted and condemned.

The letter's authors, who are both Jewish, did not mention Omar by name, but their intent was clear.

AIPAC denied the assertion, and Democrats said they were shocked.

Omar has been critical of Israel's government over its treatment of Palestinians.

The New York congresswoman also received backlash after she expressed gratitude for her correspondence with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of U.K.'s Labour Party.

In a pair of tweets over the weekend, Omar criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Omar's words only serve to fuel bigotry.

Omar had initially said she didn't understand why American Jews would be offended by the statement, which critics argued evoked ugly Nazi conspiracies about Jewish people's power to "hypnotize" the world.

Less than a week earlier, all but one high-profile Democratic senator eyeing the White House in 2020 voted against a Middle East policy measure that included a provision cracking down on BDS activism against Israel.

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