Freshman Rep. Max RoseMax RoseMax Rose preparing for rematch with Nicole Malliotakis: report 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that his colleague Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle 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."
"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."
Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. pic.twitter.com/u3f2JHESFA— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) February 10, 2019
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.
Chelsea - I would be happy to talk. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you. https://t.co/EGA9NQfBCi
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.