Jewish advocacy group calls on Omar to apologize after 'stunningly anti-Semitic' tweet

A major Jewish advocacy organization on Sunday called on Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' Omar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data MORE (D-Minn.) to apologize for suggesting that a pro-Israel lobbying group was buying off lawmakers, calling her tweet "stunningly anti-Semitic."

"@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic," the American Jewish Committee (AJC) tweeted, while linking to a poll from last year showing strong support for Israel among American voters.

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"American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are. Apologize." 

AJC included a screenshot of a tweet from Omar where she responded to a question about who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel" by saying "AIPAC!" Her tweet was in reference to the major pro-Israel lobbying group.

Omar had earlier Sunday retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Congressional Award — a beacon of hope  The case for congressional pay raises McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens MORE (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism. She captioned that retweet with a message: "It's all about the Benjamins baby," referring to money.

The tweets drew immediate criticism from Twitter followers across the political spectrum, who pointed to the long anti-Semitic tradition of portraying Jews as controlling politicians and other powerful figures through money. 

Omar's office initially responded to The Hill's request for comment about the "Benjamins" tweet by referring to her AIPAC tweet. When asked about AJC‘s statement, Omar’s office directed The Hill to a response from the member of Congress to Chelsea Clinton. 

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTensions between Democrats, Justice cool for a day Tensions between Democrats, Justice cool for a day Nadler reaches deal with Justice on Mueller documents on eve of contempt vote MORE (R-Ga.) also called out Omar for her Sunday tweets.

"Wow. A sitting U.S. Congresswoman actually just suggested AIPAC is paying Members of Congress to support Israel, one of our strongest and longest standing allies," he wrote. "This level of anti-Semitism coming from the left is truly stunning and must be denounced."

Omar, as a well as Tlaib, have been criticized by Republicans for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which condemns Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

McCarthy said the Democratic congresswomen’s comments were "more so" reprehensible than the comments made by embattled Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) earlier this year.

GOP leadership stripped King of his committee assignments after he questioned when the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive during an interview with The New York Times.

Both have maintained that their support of BDS is not anti-Semitic.