Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Minnesota Democrat and progressive star, was publicly rebuked on Monday by House Democratic leadership for suggesting that Congressional support for Israel is bought and paid for by lobbyists, playing on old stereotypes of Jews as money-grubbing influence-peddlers.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” wrote Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and other leadership officials. “We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”
The joint remarks came in response to a series of tweets on Sunday night where Omar suggested that American politicians’ strong support of Israel, and their intolerance for criticism of the Jewish state, was thanks to campaign contributions from the pro-Israel lobby, chiefly the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “It’s all about the Benjamins,” tweeted Omar.