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 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.) 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 LawrenceLee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry' MORE (D-Mich.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinOvernight Defense: Trump hails D-Day veterans in Normandy | Trump, Macron downplay rift on Iran | Trump mourns West Point cadet's death in accident | Pentagon closes review of deadly Niger ambush Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' 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.