US lawmaker apologizes after House leaders condemn her 'anti-Semitic tropes'

US lawmaker apologizes after House leaders condemn her 'anti-Semitic tropes'

"Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted", she added.

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

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) wrote in a statement that "Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself".

Omar's spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

Separately the Anti-Defamation League, an outside group formed to fight hate speech and anti-Semitism, called on top House leaders to take immediate action to condemn Rep. Omar's recent comments, citing a tweet where she suggested politicians were being influenced by donations from Jewish groups.

"She did the right thing by apologizing to the Jewish community", said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

Yesterday, Omar, a new congresswoman, suggested on Twitter that American politicians are influenced by a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, setting off a firestorm of criticisms from both sides of the aisle.

"Please learn how to talk about Jews in a non-anti-Semitic way".

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

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss devoted a column to Omar's use of one such trope in "Ilhan Omar and the Myth of Jewish Hypnosis".

Omar is one of two Muslim-American women who were elected to Congress in last year's midterms, along with Rashida Tlaib of MI.

The call from Democratic leaders came after McCarthy issued a statement criticizing the majority party for inaction.

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Many took to Twitter to accuse Omar of anti-Semitism, with others claiming ignorance about AIPAC.

"From scapegoating Jews to win an election to scapegoating Jews to attack his Muslim colleagues, [McCarthy] sure loves to invoke the Jewish community to further his right-wing objectives", Ellman-Golan wrote.

Others pointed out that numerous Republicans lashing out at Omar had promulgated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the past.

Omar replied, "It's all about the Benjamins baby..."

Update (02/11/10, 3 p.m. ET): This story was updated to include a statement from Representative Ilhan Omar.

"Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests", AIPAC tweeted Sunday. She was referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association. Both have been vocal advocates for Palestinians and support the "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" (or BDS) movement to punish Israel economically.

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

Omar has found herself responding to anti-Semitism accusations before.

AIPAC denied the assertion, and Democrats said they were shocked. "Her words are deeply hurtful and offensive".

Even Chelsea Clinton went after Omar but agreed to meet with her to begin a discussion on why her opinion may be wrong. "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it", Omar said.

Before apologizing Monday, Omar had doubled down on her comments Sunday night, calling criticisms a smear from the other party.

"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", Engel said.

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