WASHINGTON — Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday insisted that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar instantly apologize for tweets saying that members of Congress are being paid by a strong curiosity group to assist Israel.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi mentioned in a press release issued by her workplace and signed by different Democratic leaders after a bipartisan backlash in opposition to the Minnesota Democrat. “We condemn these remarks and we name upon Congresswoman Omar to right away apologize for these hurtful feedback.”
The assertion got here after Omar tweeted over the weekend that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is paying members of Congress to assist Israel. Omar is considered one of two of the primary Muslim ladies to serve in Congress.
Omar didn’t instantly reply.
The leaders’ assertion got here within the hours after a pair of highly effective Home chairman rebuked Omar for the remarks. Overseas Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel mentioned he wouldn’t tolerate them and located it “stunning to listen to a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish cash.'” He mentioned he’ll emphasize to members of the panel of each events that the American-Israeli relationship is essential.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler named Omar in his assertion and mentioned she had failed a check of management.
AIPAC responded Sunday night time: “We’re proud that we’re engaged within the democratic course of to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and pursuits. We is not going to be deterred in any manner by ill-informed and illegitimate assaults on this essential work.”