Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to House committee chair’s charge of ‘vile, anti-Semitic slur’
Freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again facing criticism and charges of anti-Semitism from her own party’s leadership for comments about the political influence of Israel.
On Friday, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., called on Omar to
apologize for “a vile, anti-Semitic slur” she made at a town hall event in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday where she suggested Israel demands “allegiance” from American lawmakers. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” the congresswoman from Minnesota said in a video of the event shared on Facebook.
She was joined at the event by Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; and Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
“The charge of dual loyalty not only raises the ominous specter of classic anti-Semitism, but it is also deeply insulting to the millions upon millions of patriotic Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, who stand by our democratic ally, Israel,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said in a statement.
Engel said it was “unacceptable and deeply offensive to question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of
their political views, including support for the Israel-U.S. relationship,” in a statement on Friday.
“Worse, Representative Omar’s comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur. “This episode is especially disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype,” Engel said,
Referring to her controversial statement last month that money from AIPAC was used to buy support for Israel. “Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them ,