Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, reportedly retweeted then deleted a Twitter submit that accused her of anti-Semitism after she was referred to as out from either side of the aisle for tweeting that the U.S. relationship with Israel is “all concerning the Benjamins, child.”
The tweet she reportedly reposted was from Joshua Zeitz, a historian. The tweet in query started as if he was supportive of the freshman congresswoman’s earlier feedback. He wrote that he is “a kind of American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel’s anti-democratic drift, and would not regard the nation as particularly central to my Jewish id.”
The tweet continues, “And I do know precisely what the congresswoman meant. She would possibly as effectively name us hooked-nosed.”
Mediaite picked up a display seize of the retweet, which was quickly deleted. There was hypothesis that Omar could have retweeted the crucial tweet after solely studying the primary few sentences.
Fox Information reached out to Omar’s workplace early Monday and didn’t get a right away response.
Omar, who grew to become the primary Somali-American girl elected to Congress in November, responded earlier to a Twitter submit by journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for threatening to take motion towards Omar and one other freshman lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.
Greenwald accused McCarthy of concentrating on Omar and Tlaib for his or her quite a few criticisms of Israel, to which Omar chimed in “It is all concerning the Benjamins, child,” quoting a 1997 rap track by Puff Daddy. She then doubled down when challenged by Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Ahead newspaper.
“Would like to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, although I feel I can guess,” Ungar-Sargon tweeted. “Dangerous type, Congresswoman. That is the second anti-Semitic trope you have tweeted.”
In response, Omar tweeted “AIPAC!” referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which often has been accused by progressives of agitating for a battle with Iran.
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Omar retweeted different messages, together with one which learn: “She’s speaking concerning the affect of Israel and this instantly will get twisted into anti-Semitism. Is she additionally Islamophobic for attacking Saudi’s affect on American politics in precisely the identical manner?”
She retweeted one other submit that learn, “precisely describing how the Israel foyer works just isn’t anti-Semitism.”
Fox Information’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report