US Muslim Lawmaker Apologizes For Criticism Of Israel Lobby - Statement
Faizan Hashmi 7 days ago Tue 12th February 2019 | 02:21 AM
Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar apologized for her criticism of the pro-Israel lobby after dozens of her fellow lawmakers denounced her remarks as anti-Semitic
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th February, 2019) Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar apologized for her criticism of the pro-Israel lobby after dozens of her fellow lawmakers denounced her remarks as anti-Semitic.
"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic Tropes," Omar said. "This is why I unreservedly apologize."
Omar became the center of a controversy after she tweeted on Sunday, "It's all about the Benjamins baby," using slang for a $100 bill in a message suggesting that US support for Israeli had been purchased through groups such as the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Her comments were roundly condemned by members of Congress, many of whom, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, called on her to issue an apology for remarks they said were prejudiced and anti-Semitic.
"It's been going on too long and we must be willing to address it," she said.