MN Rep. Omar: “I Unequivocally Apologize” following Anti-Semetic Tweets


WASHINGTON (AP/WMAL) – Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has issued an apology for tweets made against Jewish Americans and US support for Israel.

Her tweet comes after a powerful House chairman is warned members of his panel that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated.

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel in a statement Monday did not directly mention Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets, in which she said that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is paying members of Congress to support the Jewish state. But Engel said he finds it “shocking to hear a member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish money.'” He said he will emphasize to committee members of both parties that the American-Israeli relationship is important.

Omar’s tweet sparked a bipartisan backlash. Some lawmakers called on Democrats to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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