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Liberal advocacy group J Street defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) against accusations of anti-Semitism, telling the Washington Times such charges are "reckless."
Logan Bayroff, communications director for the group, told the Times that criticisms of Omar were "politically motivated" and undermined bipartisan efforts to support Israel.
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J Street: Anti-Semitism Charges Against Omar Are ‘Reckless'
Other groups differed on whether or not Omar's controversial remarks required forceful pushback from her fellow lawmakers. The American Jewish Congress criticized the perceived "weaponization of the charges of anti-Semitism," and asked that politicians "avoid accusing their fellow politicians of heinous crimes." However, the Jewish Institute for the National Security of America told the Times that Omar's comments were "purely anti-Semitic," however they were not representative of the larger Democratic Party.
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Omar has a long history of making offensive statements regarding Israel's role in American politics. In 2012, she tweeted that "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." After the tweet was widely criticized as anti-Semitic, Omar eventually apologized, tweeting that she "spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and...
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