Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Bizarre Apology for Anti-Semitic Remarks Doesn’t Cut It

The Daily Signal | 2/11/2019 | Staff
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Joel Griffith is a research fellow in the Roe Institute at The Heritage Foundation.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., only multiplied bipartisan concerns about her by accusing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, of purchasing the support of American politicians for Israel.

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Omar’s allegation of illegality perpetuates a nasty caricature of Jewish people dating back to the first century: that of Jewish citizens subversively using their wealth to commandeer the governments of their home country.

In reality, more than 100,000 U.S. citizens of multiple religions and political affiliations donate time and money to AIPAC to further its mission, which is “to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.”

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Omar’s repulsive remarks sought to place the patriotism of Jewish Americans in doubt.

The latest controversy erupted over the weekend when journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept expressed incredulity at “how much time U.S. political leaders spend defending a foreign nation,” referring to Israel.

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Sunday night, Omar tweeted “It’s all about the Benjamins baby”—a reference to the 1997 smash hit by Puff Daddy and slang for 100-dollar bills.

When questioned by journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon of The Forward as to who exactly allegedly “is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” the freshman congresswoman curtly named AIPAC.

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Organizations and politicians from across the political spectrum swiftly criticized Omar. House Democrats (including Speaker Nancy Pelosi) issued a strong statement: “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. … We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

Another freshman Democrat, Rep. Max Rose of New York, called Omar’s statements “deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”

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The American Jewish Committee informed Omar that “suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and...
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