Dem lawmaker: Omar’s statements ‘deeply hurtful to Jews’ | TheHill – The Hill
Freshman Rep. Max RoseMax RoseBipartisan House group introduces bills to stall Syria, South Korea troop withdrawals Key Dem chairwoman opposes bill to automatically avoid shutdowns Bipartisan bill would withhold pay for president, lawmakers during shutdowns MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that his colleague Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarCongress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watchProgressives say Congress must reject funding for more ICE agentsFresh faces bring familiar GOP refrain: Dems are too extremeMORE‘s tweet suggesting that a pro-Israel lobbying group was buying off lawmakers was “deeply hurtful to Jews,” including himself.
“When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes against people of any faith, I will not be silent,” Rose wrote on Twitter. “Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. But go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is truly unacceptable.”
“At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party – and in the United States of America – we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The Congresswoman’s statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.”
Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. pic.twitter.com/u3f2JHESFA
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) February 11, 2019
Earlier Sunday, Omar responded to a question about who she “thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel” by saying “AIPAC!” The tweet was referencing the major pro-Israel lobbying group.
She also retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising “action” toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism. She captioned that retweet with a message: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” referring to money.
Omar’s office initially responded to The Hill’s request for comment about the “Benjamins” tweet by referring to her AIPAC tweet. When asked about Rose’s statement, Omar’s office directed The Hill to a response from the member of Congress to Chelsea Clinton.
Chelsea – I would be happy to talk. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith.
I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you. https://t.co/EGA9NQfBCi
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
The American Jewish Committee, a major Jewish advocacy organization, also blasted Omar’s statements, calling them “stunningly anti-Semitic.”
Omar, as a well as Tlaib, have previously been criticized for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which condemns Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Both maintain that the movement is not anti-Semitic.