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PoliticsSpeaker Pelosi admonishes freshman Omar over Israel tweet

21:05  11 february  2019
21:05  11 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for anti-Semitic tweets

Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for anti-Semitic tweets Rep. Ilhan Omar issued a statement on Monday apologizing for a pair of ant-Semitic comments the Minnesota freshman Democrat made over the weekend. 

Speaker Pelosi admonishes freshman Omar over Israel tweet© The Associated Press In this Feb. 5, 2019 photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., arrives for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday insisted that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar immediately apologize for tweets saying that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel.

"Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive," Pelosi said in a statement issued by her office and signed by other Democratic leaders after a bipartisan backlash against the Minnesota Democrat. "We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments."

Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Statements Condemned as Anti-Semitic

Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Statements Condemned as Anti-Semitic Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been battling charges of anti-Semitism for weeks, apologized on Monday for insinuating that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group — a comment that drew swift and unqualified condemnation from fellow Democrats on Monday, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “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,” she said in a statement that she released on Twitter. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.” She added, “I unequivocally apologize.

The statement came after Omar tweeted over the weekend that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is paying members of Congress to support Israel. Omar is one of two of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Omar did not immediately respond.

The leaders' statement came in the hours after a pair of powerful House chairman rebuked Omar for the remarks. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel said he would not tolerate them and found it "shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money.'" He said he will emphasize to members of the panel of both parties that the American-Israeli relationship is important.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler named Omar in his statement and said she had failed a test of leadership.

Trump responds to Ilhan Omar controversy: 'She should be ashamed of herself'

Trump responds to Ilhan Omar controversy: 'She should be ashamed of herself' President Trump on Monday lambasted Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar for accusing a pro-Israel lobbying group of buying lawmakers’ support for Israel, saying the congresswoman should be “ashamed.” “I think she should be ashamed of herself. I think it was a terrible statement and I don’t think her apology was adequate,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to a rally in El Paso. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

AIPAC responded Sunday night: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work."

Speaker Pelosi admonishes freshman Omar over Israel tweet© The Associated Press In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walks through the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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