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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has upset her Jewish constituents in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district — again — after she made new antisemitic comments in recent days, despite meeting with local Jewish leaders for several weeks.
The local Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported on Friday that after Omar’s last round of antisemitic comments, she had quiet meetings with local Jewish community leaders, who hoped to educate her about why some of the rhetoric she used evoked classic antisemitic stereotypes.
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But their pleas fell on deaf ears, after Omar claimed last Thursday that pro-Israel Americans showed “allegiance to a foreign country.” After Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which Omar sites, called her remarks a “vile anti-Semitic slur,” she doubled down, tweeting, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”
Local Jewish leaders felt betrayed, Pioneer Press reported:
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Over the past two weeks, Omar had several meetings in Minnesota with local Jewish leaders.
It was essentially part of a low-profile, not-on-Twitter, fence-mending tour following Omar’s remarks earlier in the month many saw as anti-Semitic and part of a pattern that dates back several years.
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Then, on Thursday night, she said something publicly that many took as a statement that questioned the patriotism of American Jews.
Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council...
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