Democratic lawmaker should resign over Israel lobby comments

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Omar was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for saying on Twitter that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, was paying USA politicians to support Israel. She called out McCarthy for tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros. She said "It's all about the Benjamins baby".

Omar singled out AIPAC however which put her in the crosshairs and although she has already apologized for the clunky delivery Omar maintains that there is far too much lobbying money controlling both parties.

Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar was at the center of a smear campaign on Tuesday after her criticism of Israel and the biggest pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., AIPAC.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress", Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting.

Ben Shapiro slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for tweets that many have deemed anti-Semitic. "I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the Foreign Affairs Committee."She also said, "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", said NPR".

Among those who condemned Omar were Democratic and Republican lawmakers; Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration; and Jewish organizations.

The Minnesota congresswoman "unequivocally" apologized earlier Monday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats rebuked her.

Her so-called apology the next day reflected all of the above unabashedly.

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"Thank you for the apology and for hearing the voices of Jewish Americans", tweeted Congressman Josh Gottheimer. They are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Pelosi and other Democrats, including leaders and chairmen, laid down a marker making clear that Omar had overstepped.

Ocasio-Cortez is part of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) that supports BDS.

As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.

Omar was also on the record implying that Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that called Israel "Jewish ISIS". "We support Israel's right to exist". Which followed a self-congratulatory tweet declaring: "The defiance of Democratic senators and the open criticism from Omar are signs that the fear the lobby instilled is waning as the base of the Democratic Party becomes more supportive of Palestinian rights".

AIPAC has formidable financial clout, and it prides itself on its influence in U.S. politics.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, left, is joined by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, at US President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, February 5, 2019. 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".

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar supported the Middle East bill, while her potential presidential rivals - Sens.

One of those notes was one that read, "Mazel Tov".

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