Starnes to Rep. Omar After Controversial Israel Remarks: 'Apology Not Accepted'

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"This is why I unequivocally apologize".

Although the letter does not name Omar and Tlaib, its intention couldn't be clearer.

Rep. Ilhan Omar sparked a growing backlash from Democrats and Republicans across the United States Monday; facing fierce criticism after posting another series of anti-Semitic and conspiratorial tweets on social media over the weekend. 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".

Two Democratic lawmakers circulated a letter addressed to Pelosi and other leaders urging them to take "swift action" against anti-Semitic language by members.


"I fully expect that when we disagree on the Foreign Affairs Committee, we will debate policy on the merits and never question members' motives or resort to personal attacks", Engel said. Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan called on Minnesota Democrats, including Sen. She said in a tweet she was "listening and learning, but standing strong".

Republicans and Democrats alike said the tweets stoked anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning that he didn't view Omar's comments as anti-Semitic.

Pelosi wrote on her Twitter account that she spoke with Omar earlier Monday and the two "agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".


Omar's supporters dismissed accusations calling the new politicians anti-Semitic, while critics said her comments perpetuated an age-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that claims Jews use money to control politics from behind the scenes. "At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel".

The controversy came after Omar's recent apology for a tweet saying Israel had "hypnotized the world" during a 2012 military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Mr McCarthy himself faced condemnation past year for a now-deleted tweet that suggested billionaire Jewish donors were attempting to "buy" the mid-term elections. "AIPAC is a not-for-profit that promotes US - Israel relations and specifically does not make donations to political campaigns".

AIPAC is a significant player in terms of lobbying, accounting for the vast majority of lobbying spending by pro-Israel groups, spending more than $3.5 million in 2018.


Omar has been critical of Israel's government over its treatment of Palestinians. That referred to a Senate bill that would have permitted state and local governments to ban contracts with any companies or groups who support a boycott of Israel. "However racist or bigoted tropes can be intentionally or unintentionally triggered in making those critiques and yes that matters-it always matters".

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