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BY: Andrew Kugle
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) was asked Tuesday what she has learned about anti-Semitism after her recent acknowledgement that a previous tweet of hers contained an anti-Semitic trope.
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The freshman congresswoman, participating in "Reclaiming Religious Freedom" event put on by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, responded with a complaint that the conversation about Israel "refuses to separate … discussions around the country and its policies" with "hatred for the people and their faith."
"I wanted to ask you about anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel. You've recently explained past remarks about Israel that you came to understand had inadvertently echoed stereotypes against Jews," said Winnie Stachelberg, the center's executive vice president for external affairs. "And I wanted to ask you in terms of conversation and dialogue, what have you learned about anti-Semitism from engaging in these debates?"
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After pausing for five seconds, Omar responded without directly mentioning Jews or anti-Semitism once.
"So a lot of the conversation often times is one that refuses to separate, I think, discussions around the country and its policies, and one that is hatred for the people and their faith," Omar said.
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In 2012, before running for Congress, Omar claimed in a tweet that Israel had "hypnotized the world" to hide its...
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