Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro

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Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning that he didn't view Omar's comments as anti-Semitic.

She added: "I know that if we saw that in another society we would criticize it - we do that to Iran and any other place that upholds its religion".

When Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor for the Forward, asked who Omar thought was "paying American politicians to be pro-Israel", Omar responded: "AIPAC!" referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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"We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes", Gottheimer and Luria told Pelosi.

AIPAC's own website explains how its Congressional Club members must "Make a minimum financial commitment of $2,500 a year, or $5,000 per two-year election cycle, to pro-Israel politics", and commit to "giving political contributions in a clearly pro-Israel context to candidates running for the United States House of Representatives and/or United States Senate".

"Her support for BDS is apparently her essence: blaming Israel alone for the conflict, absolving Palestinians of all responsibility, delegitimizing Israel's very existence, &accusing its supporters of shallow motives &manipulation by Jewish money", Shapiro tweeted. Last month, she acknowledged that she "unknowingly" used an anti-Semitic trope after a 2012 tweet surfaced in which she said, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel". "This is anti-Semitic", Daily Wire journalist Kassy Dillon wrote. Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Indiana University, said that "there is obviously a serious fight going on within the Democratic Party with respect to how to deal with BDS and some within their party who advocate for it". Meanwhile, those who strongly disagree with her views and find them ill-informed, offensive, and even anti-Semitic also have to speak up.

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"Chelsea - I would be happy to talk", Omar wrote.

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith. "The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that do not live up to that cherished ideal", Rose said.

This article was written by _, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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