Eliot Engel rips Ilhan Omar for 'vile anti-Semitic slur'



The Anti-Defamation League also tweeted about her comment, focusing on the anti-Semitic history of the "dual loyalty" accusation.

"It's been a whole 15 days since Congresswoman Ilhan Omar last got a finger wag from her Democratic colleagues over anti-semitism", Cupp said on Saturday, noting Omar has done it before.

"I know that's a very sensitive topic and I know it's an issue that has been out there and it's used oftentimes to quiet people, to disparage them, to isolate them", Shallal said, according to the New York Times. Often times, you know, we are in places where someone will say something and they might not know how it makes you feel, and it's not acceptable that once you express to them that this is hurtful or that you have felt attacked by their words. But it's nearly as if, every single time we say something regardless of what it is we say ... we get to be labeled something. "Because we end up defending that and nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine".

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country", Omar said, clearly referring to Israel.

"To this, Reps. Omar and Tlaib both smiled along furtively", reported Jewish Insider. But now that you have two Muslims who are saying, here is a group of people [the Palestinians] that we want to make sure that they have the dignity that you want everybody else to have, we get to be called names and we get to be labeled as hateful.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) stated on Thursday, "We reject the parallels Representative Omar has repeatedly drawn between Israel and Apartheid South Africa. No we know what hate looks like!"

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Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under fresh criticism for remarks critics call anti-Semitic.

In a fiery statement Friday night, Engel, a New York Democrat, took Omar to task for yet another controversial comment over the political influence of pro-Israel groups on politicians.

Omar responded to the tweet and wrote, "AIPAC!" We celebrate the diversity of Democrats in 116th Congress, but unequivocally oppose the use of anti-Semitic tropes.

AIPAC was not the only one to condemn the Minnesota congresswoman's comment.

Hunegs said he met Omar last week and found her new comments "particularly insulting" because he had showed her a photo of the grave of his cousin who died in France fighting for the USA in the second world war, in order to "illustrate the proud patriotism" of Jewish-Americans. "Worse, Representative Omar's comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur".

She later apologized after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of House Democratic leadership said anti-Semitism had to be called out "without exception".

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