Ocasio-Cortez Breaks Silence On Ilhan Omar's Anti-Israel Comments: 'I'm Proud'

Ocasio-Cortez Breaks Silence On Ilhan Omar's Anti-Israel Comments: 'I'm Proud'

Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, "unequivocally" apologised on Monday (Feb 11) after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group. In other words, her anti-Semitic convictions are so damned deep, it takes only one word to communicate them.

"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar replied, referring to American US$100 bills featuring the likeness of Benjamin Franklin.

Later asked on Twitter who she thought was paying members of Congress to support Israel, Omar responded, "AIPAC!"

Republicans say Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) anti-Semitic tropes are another sign that the Democratic Party is trending away from Israel and its leaders are being forced to deal with the openly anti-Jewish sentiments expressed by its Muslim members.

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes", Omar said on Twitter.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress", Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting. Omar apologized later that day. Because while she apologized and, evidently, rejoined the civilized world in accepting that attacking Jews is bad, she made great strides in defining the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the prime example of what's wrong with Washington, delegitimizing in the process the very right of pro-Israel US Jews to participate in the political process.

Liz Cheney, a top Republican in the House of Representatives, urged Democratic leaders to remove Omar from the committee.

McCarthy urged Democratic leaders to admonish Omar and Tlaib for their backing of the BDS movement, which is meant to put economic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank. Sen.

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"The Democratic Party, unfortunately, has become a party that is replete with anti-Semitism and certainly with anti-Israel activity", Shapiro said.

"Thank you for the apology and for hearing the voices of Jewish Americans", tweeted Congressman Josh Gottheimer.

The comments received swift condemnation from members of congress on both sides of the aisle, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership.

The BDS movement according to their own website, "works to end global support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with worldwide law".

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".

Journalist Glenn Greenwald criticized McCarthy's comments on Twitter, writing, "It's stunning how much time USA political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans". Omar, a refugee, had grown up hearing about the importance of democracy, and she quickly embraced the American ideals. In 2012 she wrote, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evildoings of Israel".

"I think it was a bad statement, and I don't think her apology was adequate", he said. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sherrod Brown of OH - all opposed it.

Among the yellow notes of support posted on Omar's office nameplate on Capitol Hill on Monday was one that read, "Mazel Tov".