Ilhan Omar criticizes AIPAC of paying politicians to be pro

11 Février, 2019, 17:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Ilhan Omar criticizes AIPAC of paying politicians to be pro

Days after a series of apologies for an old tweet seen as echoing anti-Semitic themes, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said AIPAC paid politicians to be pro-Israel, a falsehood that drew immediate rebukes.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called her out when she tweeted that the relationship between the United States and Israel is "all about the Benjamins".

Comedian Sarah Silverman responded, "I truly don't think she meant it that way AT ALL, but I'm surprised she's earnestly not aware of the people that will absolutely take it that way".

When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent. "When it comes to issues around foreign policy or comes to issues specifically with Israel, there are a lot of interests, a lot of folks who make campaign contributions based on a person's position on Israel", adding people have to be careful to not construe it as anything other than money having an influence on political decisions.

"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel".

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"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 cherished ideal.

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton wrote. "She might as well call us hooked-nosed".

On Sunday evening, journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted in support of Omar and criticized McCarthy for equating the two, calling his priorities "warped".

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.

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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