On the CBN News program "Faith Nation", Neil Strauss of the Republican Jewish Coalition explained why Omar's remarks were anti-Semitic.
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The initial tweet that sparked the outrage happened Sunday, in Omar's response to a tweet about how she and Tlaib could face action over criticizing Israel.
Minnesota's largest newspaper argued Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has not shown "change or personal growth" in the wake of her latest controversy over tweets widely condemned as anti-Semitic. She opened with, "Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes".
"We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity", she said. "I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the Foreign Affairs Committee".
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Pelosi may face additional pressure to remove Omar from the Foreign Relations Committee, says KC Johnson, a professor at Brooklyn College and the City University of NY, who formerly taught at Tel-Aviv University.
Her so-called apology the next day reflected all of the above unabashedly.
Reps. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia gathered signatures on a letter that asked senior Democrats to confront Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a freshman congresswoman from MI, by "reiterating our rejection of anti-Semitism and our continued support for the State of Israel".
"Thank you for the apology and for hearing the voices of Jewish Americans", tweeted Congressman Josh Gottheimer.
"The leaders" statement came in the hours after a pair of powerful House chairman rebuked Omar for the remarks.
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They did not say one blessed word about the fact that AIPAC is a legitimate part of American politics, like any other lobbying group, from the ACLU to #MeToo.
Omar has been critical of Israel's government over its treatment of Palestinians. And that may play right into the hands of President Donald Trump and the Republicans who are likely to make Israel and anti-Semitism a campaign issue in next year's election.
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2019.
AIPAC has formidable financial clout, and it prides itself on its influence in United States politics. Omar said she was discussing the Israeli regime within the context of the Gaza War.
Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon asked her to clarify who is "paying American politicians to be pro-Israel".
Omar has expressed regret for tweeting in 2012: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel". Several of those Democrats had raised concerns that the bill's bid to rein in anti-Israel boycott efforts risked violating the constitutional rights of activists, although all the senators are opposed to the Palestinian-led push itself.
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