Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar apologises for attack on pro-Israel group

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Except she then pleaded ignorance of "the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes" and doubled down on her criticism of AIPAC and what she called the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics". "This is why I unequivocally apologise".

When asked what Omar should have said instead, the president simply replied that "she knows what to say".

"Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception", Pelosi and her leadership team stated. She also previously criticized the government of Israel.

The statement came after Omar tweeted over the weekend that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is paying members of Congress to support Israel.

Two Jewish House Democrats, alarmed by what they consider anti-Semitic comments from new Muslim colleagues, had urged Pelosi and her top lieutenants to denounce the divisive rhetoric and take action to stop it.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark on Monday issued a joint statement condemning the Congresswoman's anti-Semitic comments.

The letter is the culmination of growing concerns - from within her own party and across the aisle - over Omar's comments about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

FOX 9 reached out to Omar's office, but has not received a response.

"She should be ashamed of herself", he told reporters en route to a rally in El Paso, Texas.

The failure to discipline Omar stands in marked contrast to House Republicans, who stripped Rep. Steve King of his committee assignments for lamenting the fact that "white supremacy" is deemed an offensive term.

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Ilhan Omar had accused American Israel Public Affairs Committee of paying U.S. leaders to support Israel. He said he supports Israel "because of our common values".

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

"As Americans and Jews, we expect our politicians to condemn bigotry, not to fuel it. Words matter".

Ms. Omar and her Democratic colleague from Minnesota were the first two Muslim women elected to the House of Representatives during the last November mid-term polls. Others said they had donated to her campaign. "Let's see what happens".

"It's shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money, '" Engel said. The phrase "it's all about the Benjamins baby" was popularized by a 1997 single by Puff Daddy featuring Lil' Kim, The Lox and The Notorious B.I.G., taken from the hit album "No Way Out".

After Omar was elected to Congress, she said she was looking forward to going to Washington and planned "to hold this administration accountable and be a true check and balance".

Minnesota's largest newspaper argued Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has not shown "change or personal growth" in the wake of her latest controversy over tweets widely condemned as anti-Semitic. -Israeli relationship, highlighted by criticism from Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI. Women's March organizer Sophie Ellman-Golan accused McCarthy of attacking Omar and Tlaib "in the name of "defending' Jews". She may as well have said "Rothschild", or "Soros", or "the money changers at the Temple".

Under his presidency, the kingdom has received continued military support for its war in Yemen, has been shielded from United States criticism and punishment regarding the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and watched on gleefully when Trump rescinded USA commitment to the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.

Monday was the second time in three weeks that Omar walked back comments on Israel.

Last month, Omar expressed regret for saying in a 2012 tweet that Israel "has hypnotized the world" while carrying out "evil". Elaine Luria of Virginia and Max Rose of NY, explicitly denounced her remarks.