Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro

Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

Newly-elected US lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib made their debut in the House of Representatives openly declaring their support for a boycott of Israel

She also accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group, of paying them - though AIPAC does not donate to politicians.

Omar, a Somali-born Muslim, made her "Benjamins" comment in response to a tweet by journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for threatening to take action against Omar and another Muslim representative, Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, over their allegedly anti-Semitic remarks. "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted".

But the tweet was swiftly condemned by high-profile figures on both sides of the aisle, including a former USA ambassador to Israel and Chelsea Clinton, whose husband is Jewish.

Omar was taken to task by left-wing Jewish pundits - who normally share many of her criticisms of Israel - after she tweeted, "It's all about the Benjamins baby", in explaining why American politicians support Israel. "And I know exactly what the congresswoman meant".

Omar quickly responded and responded that Republicans were victimizing her over her remarks about Jews. McCarthy's call to discipline Omar, apparently for the 7-year old tweet, came after she apologized.

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Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar went full antisemite on Twitter on Sunday, unleashing a viciously [anti-Semitic] conspiracy theory. "What she's insinuating or implying directly is that Jewish money is somehow controlling certain Democrats and people's positions toward Israel, '" Berman said.

"We have to call out anti-Semitic language and tropes on all sides, particularly in our elected officials and particularly now", Clinton added.

"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", he wrote in a tweet.

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". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar tweeted at the former first daughter.

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