Fox News' Jeanine Pirro questions Ilhan Omar's hijab

Fox News rebukes host Jeanine Pirro for Ilhan Omar hijab comments

Fox News rebukes host Jeanine Pirro for Ilhan Omar hijab comments

During her Fox News show Saturday, Pirro suggested that Omar's religion - she is a devout Muslim - helped shape her view toward Israel. She's not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat party... "Think about this. She is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party".

Fox News reproached Pirro for the comments in a statement, reports Mediaite.

Pirro's hijab comments were part of a larger attack on Omar over the freshman lawmaker's criticism of Israel.

Fox News has on many previous occasions has tolerated Islamophobic and birther comments from its hosts and commentators.

During her opening monologue on Saturday's "Justice with Judge Jeanine", Pirro talked about Omar's controversial comments about Israel which some have described as anti-Semitic.

On Sunday, the network issued a statement about Pirro's remarks, saying: "We strongly condemn Judge Jeanine Pirro's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly", the statement read.

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Jeanine Pirro of Fox News speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 23, 2017. Pirro did not apologize in a statement Sunday night, insisting: "I did not call Rep. Omar un-American".

"My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is a Muslim does not mean you don't support the Constitution", she said, adding she invited Omar to come on her show. "The hijab is not the issue, her anti-Semitism is", said Dillon. In response to journalist Glenn Greenwald's tweet about politicians' support of Israel, Omar replied, "It's all about the Benjamins baby".

According to her website, Omar advocates "a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis" while calling for "uplift [ing] the voices of Palestinians demanding an end to the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and end the siege of Gaza".

The Minnesota Democrat, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, is the first representative to wear a hijab on the House floor, the Hill said on its website.

Sharia law refers to a set of principles that govern the moral and religious lives of Muslims. Some have accused her of peddling anti-Semitic tropes while others have viewed her comments as legitimate criticisms of US foreign policy.

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