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Ilhan Omar addresses anti-Semitic tweets: ‘I unequivocally apologize’

February 11, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized Monday for her anti-Semitic tweets, while reaffirming her criticism of pro-Israel lobbyists.

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on this painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents of Jewish Americans as a whole,” she said in a statement. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

The freshman Democrat came under a massive wave of bipartisan backlash Monday after she implied that pro-Israel lobbyist groups, such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, were using campaign contributions to influence U.S. lawmakers.

Republicans have repeatedly condemned her past remarks and on this latest controversy, dozens of Democrats spoke out against the congresswoman and said her comments were anti-Semitic.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other top-ranking Democrat leaders published a joint statement as criticism mounted, calling on Ms. Omar to apologize.

Ms. Omar stressed her criticism of “problematic” lobbyists, specifically citing AIPAC, the National Rifle Association and the fossil-fuel industry.

“It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” she wrote.

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