Democratic Majority Leader Blasts Omar for Anti-Semitic Remarks, Defends US-Israel Alliance

"It is wrong to boycott Israel".

The Congresswoman has also come under fire for a 2012 tweet that stated Israel had "hypnotized" the world.

Some saw the reference to a Puff Daddy song as invoking an anti-Semitic cliché that Jews have a lot of money and use it to manipulate global affairs. McConnell's going to put a resolution on the floor of the Senate this week, notes the NYT, that will condemn anti-semitism without naming Ilhan Omar, in the expectation that most Senate Dems will join in.

Hoyer took a thinly veiled swipe at both Omar and Tlaib during a speech at AIPAC on Sunday, promising to lead the largest-ever delegation of congressional freshmen to Israel in August despite Tlaib's efforts to launch a competing trip.

"Let me be clear on this point", Pence said. She later apologized for what she said. Interestingly, the president declined to attend this year's conference. As a political ploy, though, aimed at pitting pro-Israel Dems against the BDS fans in the progressive wing, it's shrewd. Hillary Clinton, for example, did not attend AIPAC's conference in 2015, but did in 2016.

While PIPAC is not officially affiliated with AIPAC, Cohen cited the two groups' bipartisan nature as a similarity. He has repeatedly used the dustup over Omar's criticism of AIPAC to paint Democrats as dangerously anti-Semitic in hopes of generating a "Jexodus" of Jews moving out of the Democratic Party.

During the speech, the prime minister made a direct jab at Omar for her anti-Semitic tweet that claimed American enthusiasm for AIPAC was "all about the Benjamins".

The pro-Israel lobby CEO vows to "respond" to the "intense hatred of Israel" which he says "is creeping from the margins to the center" of US politics.

Representatives for Penn Students for Justice in Palestine did not respond to requests for comment.

Presidential candidates have typically frequented AIPAC's policy conference, particularly during election years - including Democrats Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

The demonstrators were protesting the presence Saturday of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota at the fundraising event for the Council of American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles.

Penn Dems Communications Director Tamara Wurman said Penn Dems does not have a firm stance on the Israel-Palestine situation.

Hoyer even slammed Omar, his Democratic Party colleague, in a speech at the conference on 24 March, pledging to maintain unequivocal United States support for Israel.

Get our newsletter, Dear Penn, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. "He did it again-first Jerusalem", and then he pulled out of the Iran deal, said Netanyahu. "But she also was treated with a lot higher scrutiny than other politicians".

Rep. Karen Bass (D-California), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said earlier this year that unless Republicans condemned Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and removed him from his committee assignments after he made racially insensitive remarks (which they did), the GOP would be guilty of "tacit acceptance of racism". Penn College Republicans declined to comment.


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