Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggested yesterday that American political support for Israel is all about money.
The freshman lawmaker responded to a tweet about Congress and Israel, writing, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”
She then suggested that the advocacy group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) bought off politicians.
The congresswoman responded “AIPAC!” when one individual on Twitter asked who she thought paid American politicians to be pro-Israel.
The American Jewish Committee demanded Omar apologize for her “stunningly anti-Semitic” statements, writing on Twitter, “@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are. Apologize.”
This is hardly Omar’s first run-in with anti-Semitic comments.
Last month, in a Yahoo! News interview, the congresswoman said she “almost chuckles” when she hears Israel called a democracy, and compared the Jewish nation to Iran.
When asked how the U.S. could facilitate peace talks between Israel and Iran, Omar replied, “Most of the things that have been aggravating to me is that we have had a policy that makes one superior to the other. And we mask it with a conversation about justice and a two-state solution. When you have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other.”
When asked to explain in detail what she meant, Omar went on to criticize Israel.
“I mean just our relationship with the Israeli government and the Israeli state. And so when I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it,” she said.
She continued, “And we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out. We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions.”