Jewish Leaders Outraged by Democrat Ilhan Omar's Antisemitic Tweets

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that United States politicians" support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence.

Omar made the comment in a tweet on Sunday evening American time sparking immediate backlash, with tweeters accusing Omar of going down a slippery slop by linking AIPAC with the negative antisemitic stereotype of Jewish people's false obsession with money.

The controversy kicked off when Omar shared, and responded to, a tweet by journalist Glenn Greenwald about Republican Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatening punishment against her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for their support for the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee does not contribute to politicians, although its donors give money to political campaigns, in the same way that an array of activists backing distinct interests across the political spectrum have for decades donated to campaigns.

"Wow. A sitting U.S. Congresswoman actually just suggested AIPAC is paying Members of Congress to support Israel, one of our strongest and longest standing allies", Representative Doug Collins tweeted. The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that do not live up to that cherished ideal", Rose said.

Omar's response went viral and many accused her of promoting the anti-Semitic trope that Jews conspire to control government leaders by throwing loads of cash at them.

"We have to call out anti-Semitic language and tropes on all sides, particularly in our elected officials and particularly now", Clinton added. "She might as well call us hook-nosed".

After the Opinions Editor at The Forward, Batya Ungar-Sargon, tweeted: "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar tweeted at the former first daughter.

In an interview with CNN last week, Omar said it was "exciting" that her anti-Semitic views were sparking debate "finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to".

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