Minnesota's Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Faces New Criticism

Lester Mason
March 4, 2019

Cupp continued on: "This time she remarked Israel, 'I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it's okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.' The implication here, of course, was that pro-Israel groups are pushing allegiance to a foreign country feeding into ugly stereotypes about the influence of Jews in this country".

Rep. Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Omar sits on, blasted Omar in a statement for "invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur".

"What I'm fearful of-because Rashida and I are Muslim-that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim", said Omar at a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at the left-wing activist cafe Busboys and Poets in the nation's capital.

"We reject the parallels Representative Omar has repeatedly drawn between Israel and apartheid South Africa", said the group in a statement.

Added Engel, who is Jewish: "I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the U.S. -Israel relationship".


Omar ignited a bipartisan uproar in Washington and at home in Minnesota last month when she suggested on Twitter that members of Congress support Israel for money. "We all take the same oath". Often times, you know, we are in places where someone will say something and they might not know how it makes you feel, and it's not acceptable that once you express to them that this is hurtful or that you have felt attacked by their words. When GOP leader Kevin McCarthy threatened discipline for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib due to their criticism of the state of Israel, Omar replied, "It's all about the Benjamins baby!" Omar and Tlaib that our denunciation of their recent tweets was completely unrelated to their religion.

She later apologized after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of House Democratic leadership said anti-Semitism had to be called out "without exception".

The latest episode is part of what's become an embarrassing and troubling pattern for the freshman lawmaker and congressional Democrats.

"So I know many [members of Congress] were fighting for people to be free, for people to live in dignity in South Africa", Omar said, according to Jewish Insider. "This is why I unequivocally apologize".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER