Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar has apologised for her Anti-Semitic tweets following backlash from Democrats in Congress.
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) apologized on Monday for tweets suggesting that American lawmakers were motivated by money to defend Israel.
Omar's apology came after she spoke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who along with other House Democratic leaders called on her to apologize for the "use of anti-Semitic tropes" about Jewish people and money.
"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, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, said in a statement. "My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize."
But Omar stood by her criticism of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) special interest influence.
"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. It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it," Omar wrote.
Omar on Sunday sparked backlash when she retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising "action" against her and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their views critical of Israel.
"It's all about the Benjamins baby," Omar tweeted, referring to money.
Omar then tweeted that AIPAC was paying American politicians to support Israel. AIPAC doesn't directly donate to political candidates but does sponsor regular congressional delegations to Israel.
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