Dem lawmaker: Omar's statements 'deeply hurtful to Jews'

Freshman Rep. Max RoseMax RoseHillicon Valley: Critics press feds to block Google, Fitbit deal | Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-linked accounts | TikTok looks to join online anti-terrorism effort | Apple pledges .5B to affordable housing Twitter takes down Hamas, Hezbollah-affiliated accounts after lawmaker pressure FBI chief says racist extremists fueling one another, making connections overseas MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that his colleague Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE's (D-Minn.) tweet suggesting that a pro-Israel lobbying group was buying off lawmakers was "deeply hurtful to Jews," including himself.

"When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent," Rose wrote on Twitter. "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. But go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is truly unacceptable."

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"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party - and in the United States of America - we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that cherished ideal." 

Earlier Sunday, Omar responded to a question about who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel" by saying "AIPAC!" The tweet was referencing the major pro-Israel lobbying group.

She also retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism. She captioned that retweet with a message: "It's all about the Benjamins baby," referring to 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 Rose's statement, Omar’s office directed The Hill to a response from the member of Congress to Chelsea Clinton. 

The American Jewish Committee, a major Jewish advocacy organization, also blasted Omar's statements, calling them "stunningly anti-Semitic."

Omar, as well as Tlaib, have previously been criticized for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which condemns Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Both maintain that the movement is not anti-Semitic.