As Democrats Condemn Omar's Anti-Semitism, Campaign to Declaw AIPAC Gains Ground

As Democrats Condemn Omar's Anti-Semitism, Campaign to Declaw AIPAC Gains Ground

As Democrats Condemn Omar's Anti-Semitism, Campaign to Declaw AIPAC Gains Ground

Both congresswomen have criticized Israel and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that pressures Israel to withdraw from West Bank settlements.

This response also very much reflects the truth, and carries no sentiment close to anti-Semitism as it is widely known that in addition to Jewish members of the lobby, many other members of AIPAC are non-Jewish people in favor with good relations with Israel. Plus, this wasn't Omar's first run-in with anti-Semitic rhetoric on Twitter.

Omar was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for saying on Twitter that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, was paying US politicians to support Israel. Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats had rebuked her for the tweets.

Omar persisted: "My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole". Because while she apologized and, evidently, rejoined the civilized world in accepting that attacking Jews is bad, she made great strides in defining the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as the prime example of what's wrong with Washington, delegitimizing in the process the very right of pro-Israel US Jews to participate in the political process.

Ocasio-Cortez's deflection to the president on the question of anti-Semitism is not the first time that she has used this tactic to try to get the attention off of the Left's problem with anti-Semitism. Which followed a self-congratulatory tweet declaring: "The defiance of Democratic senators and the open criticism from Omar are signs that the fear the lobby instilled is waning as the base of the Democratic Party becomes more supportive of Palestinian rights". Another tweet mentioned "the Benjamins", a reference to $100 bills. "I'm proud [Omar] raised the issue of lobbyist [money] in politics & equally proud of her sensitivity to communities. And Congressman Omar, it's bad what she said", the commander-in-chief continued. The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person and are meant to "educate political leaders and influencers about the importance of the US - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences".

The BDS movement according to their own website, "works to end global support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with worldwide law".

Several Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Rep Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and GOP Chairman Ronna McDaniel, have called for Omar's removal from the committee. "We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments". Her apology came at the urging of Democratic leaders.

The American Jewish Committee called Omar's suggestion that AIPAC is paying American politicians for their support "demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic".

Monday was the second time in three weeks that Omar walked back comments on 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". Elaine Luria of Virginia and Max Rose of NY, explicitly denounced her remarks. Asked what she should have said, Trump replied: "She knows what to say".

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