U.S. politician Ilhan Omar apologises for 'anti-Semitic' tweet

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"Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive", said Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders.

When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and do not recognize the other religions living in the country, and we still hold it up as a democracy in the Middle East, I nearly chuckle.

"This is why I unequivocally apologise".

"Her comments trouble me", Clinton wrote to a follower, noting that she wanted to meet with Omar to express her concern.

Omar, who frequently has to deny she's an anti-Semite, stepped into controversy again on Sunday when she suggested in a tweet that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) was being paid off to criticize her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) for their anti-Israel stances.

"At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry". "No one with her anti-Semitic views should be allowed to represent US foreign policy on that committee".

New Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar arrives before President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address. "At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the US and overseas, Rep. Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics", Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL, said in a written statement. And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

Democratic House lawmakers and former government officials are characterizing recent comments from one of their rising stars, Omar of Minnesota, as antisemitic.

The Anti-Defamation League, a national organization that tracks and responds to anti-Semitism, said Omar's tweets were a "retread of ideas spread by bigots from David Duke to Louis Farrakhan".

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"Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", New York Democratic Rep. Max Rose tweeted along with a statement.

"She doesn't mean to offend Jews 'as a whole, ' only the ones who believe Israel has a right to exist", Phil Kerpen tweeted.

On Monday, House Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, lent their voices to a bipartisan backlash against Omar's remarks, which they call anti-Semitic. Last month, she acknowledged that she "unknowingly" used an anti-Semitic trope after a 2012 tweet surfaced in which she said, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

Omar made no apologies Sunday night, but she did accept an invitation from Chelsea Clinton, one of her critics, to talk about anti-Semitism.

This kind of intolerance has no place in Congress-or anywhere in American society.

Anthony Brindisi, who also narrowly won his NY swing district, called Omar's comments "disgraceful and blatantly anti-Semitic".

"I certainly support a strong and safe Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and I'm going to continue to do that", she said.

Ms Omar has been consistent in her criticism for Israel and is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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