UPDATED 10:03 AM PT – Monday, February 11, 2019
A Jewish advocacy organization is calling on Democratic lawmaker Ilhan Omar to apologize after making what some are calling anti-Semitic comments.
On Sunday, Omar claimed the reason GOP leaders lashed out at anti-Israel comments was because of money, saying “its all about the Benjamins.”
When a Twitter user asked Omar who she thought was paying Americans to be pro-Israel the freshman representative responded by saying AIPAC, which is a major pro-Israel lobbying group.
Her comments are now receiving backlash over social media, including from fellow Democrats.
In a statement Sunday, New York Representative Max Rose called Omar’s remarks “deeply hurtful” to the Jewish people, including himself. He went on to say her implication that Americans only support Israel because of money is offensive.
Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. pic.twitter.com/u3f2JHESFA
— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) February 11, 2019
This isn’t the first time the 37-year-old has been accused of anti-Semitism. The lawmaker defended herself last month after accusing Israel of “taking evil actions and hypnotizing the world” in 2012 instead of apologizing.
“Oh well, that’s a really regrettable way of expressing that — I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish Americans, my comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza war,” she stated.
Omar has yet to respond to the American Jewish Committee’s request.