Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry'

Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAl Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy MORE (D-Minn.) said Thursday her endorsement of the newly formed bipartisan Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus is not an endorsement of a Republican congressman's "bigotry." 

"Just to be clear, my endorsement of the caucus and willingness to unite our communities against the threats of White supremacy isn’t an endorsement of Zeldin’s bigotry!" Omar said.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceHouse Democrat walks back remark favoring censure over impeachment Jane Fonda calls for protecting water resources at weekly DC climate protest DCCC adds senior staffers after summer departures MORE (D-Mich.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians GOP lawmakers, Trump campaign rip 'liberal law professors' testifying in impeachment hearing House Republicans on Judiciary strategize ahead of Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE (R-N.Y.) announced the newly formed caucus at an AJC global forum. AJC is a global Jewish advocacy organization


Omar's comment comes as a response to an AJC official's question to Palestinian rights activist Linda Sarsour regarding her opposition to the new caucus. 

Sarsour tweeted that Zeldin is "still an anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian bigot who called Obama a racist" and "campaigns with neo-Nazis," adding "Muslim women don't always agree." 

Omar didn't refute Sarsour's comments about Zeldin, but said Thursday she hopes "Zeldin can learn and grow." 

The Black-Jewish Caucus aims to raise awareness of each community's sensitivities and needs, in Congress and out, according to AJC's announcement on Twitter. 

Zeldin and Omar have been at odds regarding conversations about hate and anti-Semitism.

Zeldin was one of 23 Republicans to vote against a resolution hate and anti-Semitism in March, arguing the bill should have specifically identified Omar after some of her remarks were seen as anti-Semitic by some lawmakers.