Sanders's campaign aide apologizes for dual-loyalty remark in reference to Jews

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Belén Sisa - an illegal immigrant working for Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign as national deputy press secretary - questioned on Facebook whether "American-Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel", according to Politico.

In a Facebook post discussing Sanders' support for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has been criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike in recent weeks over similar remarks interpreted as anti-Semitic, Sisa questioned whether the US government and American Jews have "a dual allegiance to the state of Israel?"

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Ilhan Omar (D-MN) over comments she made that some construed as anti-Semitic. They've heard one anti-Semitic comment too many, and they're ready to take the next step to remove her from Congress.

"I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship", Engel said in the statement.

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"There's definitely some buzz going around about it, but it's more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they're going to run against her or contemplate it", Democratic state Sen. The House eventually passed a resolution last week, with only a few Republican dissenting, condemning "hateful expressions of intolerance" against Jews, Muslims and other minorities.

"When I talk about places like Saudi Arabia or Israel or even now with Venezuela, I'm not criticizing the people", Omar said in a recent appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." "She is part of a group of young progressives that is starting a lot of uncomfortable and overdue conversations on the left about climate change, and health care, and yes, Israel and Palestine".

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It is a tall task to unseat Omar, however, considering only two House members from Minnesota have ever lost primaries. However, Democrats decided not to name Omar personally in the language of the resolution, which several Republicans opposed as a "watered-down, half-hearted effort", Fox News reports.