The Republic Omar apologizes for Israel comments, calling the “problematic” role of AIPAC, the “other lobbyists’

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other Democratic house leaders issue joint statement condemning the comments, on Twitter of members of Congress Ilhan Omar.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., apologized on Monday for comments in which she hinted that a prominent pro-Israel lobby compensates the legislator for their support of the Jewish state, but insisted on what they called “the problematic role of lobbyists in our policy.”


“Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for the Jewish allies, and colleagues that can educate me on the painful history of anti-Semitic clichés,” Omar wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “My intention is to never offend, in my constituency, or Jewish Americans, as a whole. We must always be willing to take a step and think through the criticism, just as I expect people to listen to me when others attack me for my identity. This is the reason why I have to apologize, clearly.”

“At the same time,” she added, “I reiterate the problematic role of lobbyists in our policy, whether it’s AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the [National Rifle Association], or the fossil fuel industry. It’s been too long, and we must be ready to fix them.”

Omar drew the condemnation of the members of the two parties, after she tweeted on Sunday night that AIPAC has members of the Congress, the support of Israel. On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called to apologize to Omar, said that “the anti-Semitic set pieces and damaging allegations about Israel supporters is deeply offensive.”

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said it had heard “shocking to a member of Congress called the anti-Semitic Topos of the” Jewish money.'” Chairman of the legal Committee, Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, called the comments “deeply disappointing and troubling.”


“Your words are deeply hurtful and insulting, especially since they build on a previous comment you made, [2012] about the Jews ‘hypnotizing’ the world in support of Israel — another old cliché is born of the hateful texts such as the protocols of the elders of Zion,” Nadler said. “… In this fragile moment in the history of our nation, we must all redouble our efforts to engage in the political debate in such a way that the respect for the dignity and humanity of all people.”

Omar apologized last month for posting the tweet Nadler, the read points: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them, the evil deeds of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine#Israel.” As of Monday afternoon, the news of the recent excitement were posted on Omar’s Twitter page.

Last month, Omar argued in a Yahoo! News interview that Israel is not a democracy and compared it with the Islamic theocracy in Iran.


“When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state, and recognizes the other religions that live in it, and we still cling to it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost smile, because I know that, if we see that any other company, we would criticize you, call you it,” she said. “We do that to Iran, that’s what we do at any other place, the type of his religion. And I see that happening now, with Saudi Arabia, and thus, I’m aggravated, really, in these contradictions.”

AIPAC responded on Sunday evening, Via Twitter: “We are proud that we are working to strengthen the democratic process, the U.S.-Israel relationship. Our party is a cross-cutting efforts to reflect American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegal attacks on this important work.”

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