Rep. Ilhan Omar found herself in hot-water with Democratic leadership Monday after posting a bizarre anti-Israeli rant on social media, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasting Omar’s use of “anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations.”
“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share,” said the statement.
“But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments,” it concluded.
“Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable, and it’s shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish money,’” Rep. Eilot Engel, D-N.Y., said.
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