Ilhan Omar Deletes Anti-Semitic Tweets

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar seems to have deleted the tweets that drew accusations of anti-Semitism from both Republican and Democratic colleagues two weeks ago.

The Minnesota Democrat, along with her appointment to the Foreign Affairs Committee, drew the ire of House Republican leaders because of a 2012 tweet (that was also deleted), in which she accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world.” She then sparked more outrage with tweets criticizing the influence of pro-Israel lobbying groups.

On Feb. 10, journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted a link to an article in which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., threatened to take “action” against Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for the two new Muslim members of Congress’ criticisms of Israel. Greenwald said it was “stunning” how much American politicians defend Israel.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted in reply.

When another Twitter user asked the Somali-American congresswoman who she thought was paying those politicians, Omar tweeted, “AIPAC!” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is one of the largest pro-Israel lobbying organizations in the U.S.

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SOURCE: USA Today, by William Cummings