Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has made another in her storied history of antisemitic remarks.
And this time she was called out and shamed by a member of her own Democrat Party for it, Fox News reported.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she said at an event in Washington this week, an apparent reference to Israel.
“I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or big pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying movement that is influencing policy,” she said.
“It is as if every time we say something that is supposed to be about foreign policy or engagement or the efficacy of ending oppression or the freeing of every human life and wanting dignity, we get labeled something that ends the discussion, because we end up defending that and no one gets to have the broader debate about what is happening in Palestine,” she said.
New York Rep. Eliot Engle took offense to the comments and called Omar out for, again, attacking Israel.
“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 because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Engle said.
“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” he said, Fox News reported.
The event, called “Progressive Issues Town Hall,” was held at Busboys and Poets, a D.C. restaurant. Omar was joined by three fellow Democrats in Congress: Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin. It was moderated by the venue’s owner Andy Shallal, who echoed Omar’s sentiment.
“I know that’s a very sensitive topic and I know it’s an issue that has been out there and it’s used oftentimes to quiet people, to disparage them, to isolate them,” Shallal said, according to the New York Times.
This comment comes after Omar apologized for antisemitic remarks she made on Twitter last month.
Earlier this month, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) came under fire for anti-Semitic tweets she sent out over her social media accounts.
She claimed falsely that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby, pays politicians to be pro-Israel. Democrats and Republicans instantly condemned her for bringing up old anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews.
Omar was eventually forced to apologize for the tweets.
Then just this week, she was forced to apologize again during a private conference call with prominent Jewish organizations.
From The Times of Israel:
In a brief confidential conference call with Jewish organizations, Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for any hurt caused by her tweets suggesting that AIPAC pays politicians to support Israel.
“Let me reiterate my sincere apology for any actual hurt my words have caused,” Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, said on Tuesday afternoon, according to someone present on the call.
“I know there are a lot of people who in the last weeks have expressed support in trying to say this isn’t anti-Semitic or this shouldn’t be looked at in that way,” she added.
But Omar said it is up to the Jewish community to define anti-Semitism.
“I do not want to give space or energy to anyone who wants to minimize the hurt,” she said. …
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