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Published on: February 10, 2019 11:30 PM
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Washington - Days after a series of apologies for an old tweet seen as echoing anti-Semitic themes, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said AIPAC paid politicians to be pro-Israel, a falsehood that drew immediate rebukes.

Omar on Sunday responded on Twitter to a threat two days earlier by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to take action against her because of her past statements on Israel by saying, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby”, a reference to $100 bill featuring Benjamin Franklin.

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Her seeming implication that McCarthy was attacking her at the behest of the pro-Israel lobby was made clear with her subsequent response to a tweet by Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at The Forward, who tweeted, “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess.”

“AIPAC!” Omar replied.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee does not contribute to politicians, although its donors give money to political campaigns, in the same way that an array of activists backing distinct interests across the political spectrum have for decades donated to campaigns. Omar raised over $1 million for her freshman campaign last year, including from unions and from Emily’s List, a group that seeks increased participation by women in politics.

Omar’s remarks drew immediate rebukes, including from Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism,” Clinton said.

Omar recently apologized for a 2012 tweet in which she accused Israel of “hypnotizing” the world, acknowledging that she had unwittingly echoed anti-Semitic themes. McCarthy’s call to discipline Omar, apparently for the 7-year old tweet, came after she apologized.



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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:24 AM lazy-boy Says:

since when did facts have any impact on Muslims?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 07:07 AM Educated Archy Says:

Let's all hope and pray she get yena machla and als bkorov. This anti American Palestinian needs to be stopped

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 07:24 AM Anonymous Says:

What a stupid uneducated blank. How can you compare terrorist state vs a state with democratic ideals?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 08:04 AM Anonymous Says:

What about all of the money that the NRA gives for political lobbying purposes, which is far greater than AIPAC's? Also, what about the powerful commercial airline lobby on the hill? Nobody ever complains about those two lobbies. Feh on this so-called Congresswoman with the schmatte on her head!

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 08:42 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Gosh. This why is this news?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 09:26 AM Phineas Says:

Don't all pacs contribute to political campaigns?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 09:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
PaulinSaudi Says:

Gosh. This why is this news?

Bigger question. Since when does anyone who identifies as a Muslim have credibility? Islam openly proclaims that dishonesty is praiseworthy if it can be construed to advance the causes of Islam or the other goals of Islam. This animal is no different. I concur with Archy's wishes that she contract a bunch of dreaded diseases.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:08 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

A typical.bantu, silence from capo schumer

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:08 AM Anonymous Says:

after WWII Ukrainian and Hungarian nazi collaborators entered the US and some had war criminal records now a new antisemite entered the US and even wound up in congress

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:13 AM kehati Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

What about all of the money that the NRA gives for political lobbying purposes, which is far greater than AIPAC's? Also, what about the powerful commercial airline lobby on the hill? Nobody ever complains about those two lobbies. Feh on this so-called Congresswoman with the schmatte on her head!

The amount of Saudi (and other Arab) money which is used to lobby the American government is staggering. Throw in the Iranian money which is also used to lobby, and AIPAC seems like a mom and pop store versus Walmart.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:24 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

What about all of the money that the NRA gives for political lobbying purposes, which is far greater than AIPAC's? Also, what about the powerful commercial airline lobby on the hill? Nobody ever complains about those two lobbies. Feh on this so-called Congresswoman with the schmatte on her head!

NRA and commercial airlines are not foreign sovereign powers.

Yes, she is anti Israel and I suspect an anti Jews too, but AIPAC's vigorous on behalf of Bibi's polices makes it a target of those who oppose Israel in general.

We don't get to advocate for any cause without any facing criticism.

Cursing her on VIN doesn't help. Learn to address her opinion and debate it, if you think that will help, but you're wasting your time doing it on websites read by us.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:24 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Let's all hope and pray she get yena machla and als bkorov. This anti American Palestinian needs to be stopped

She is anti Israel and not anti American, as you she is.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:41 AM democrats are anti Israel scum Says:

these are hashomers buddies the Jew hating democrats this anti Israel Jew hater was put on the foreign affairs committee
when will the democrat party leadership condemn their Jew hating anti Israel congressional members

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 10:44 AM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

NRA and commercial airlines are not foreign sovereign powers.

Yes, she is anti Israel and I suspect an anti Jews too, but AIPAC's vigorous on behalf of Bibi's polices makes it a target of those who oppose Israel in general.

We don't get to advocate for any cause without any facing criticism.

Cursing her on VIN doesn't help. Learn to address her opinion and debate it, if you think that will help, but you're wasting your time doing it on websites read by us.

“ NRA and commercial airlines are not foreign sovereign powers"
neither is AIPAC you slimeball

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 11:13 AM elyeh Says:

Reply to #5  
PaulinSaudi Says:

Gosh. This why is this news?

Because it is an anti-Semitic trope (and lie) that has been accepted, in this case by many Democrats.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 11:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Let's all hope and pray she get yena machla and als bkorov. This anti American Palestinian needs to be stopped

This is Trumps Creation. Lets don't forget she was not elected under the Obama Presidency. 40 million people who otherwise never voted were energized by Trump.The Us Congress elected 3 Muslims under Trumps Presidency. That is more than the last 200 years combined. Nixon was followed by Carter. Trump? Hashem yerachem. It could be a Palestinian or other Progressive. The so called Frumme who voted for Trump for the move of the embassy what did not change a single life put millions of Yiden in Danger in the USA. Pittsburgh? Palis in Congress?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 11:46 AM Anonymous Says:

she is an immigrant from somalia

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 11:49 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #11  
AmYisroel Says:

“ NRA and commercial airlines are not foreign sovereign powers"
neither is AIPAC you slimeball

They represent the interests of a foreign sovereign power.

Your need to resort to personal insults reveals much about you and the weakness of your arguement, nothing about me or mine.

Grow up.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 11:56 AM Anonymous Says:

To #9- Who cursed her on VIN? Kindly have your eyeglass prescription updated.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM democrats are anti israel scum Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

This is Trumps Creation. Lets don't forget she was not elected under the Obama Presidency. 40 million people who otherwise never voted were energized by Trump.The Us Congress elected 3 Muslims under Trumps Presidency. That is more than the last 200 years combined. Nixon was followed by Carter. Trump? Hashem yerachem. It could be a Palestinian or other Progressive. The so called Frumme who voted for Trump for the move of the embassy what did not change a single life put millions of Yiden in Danger in the USA. Pittsburgh? Palis in Congress?

typical moronic deranged leftist the democrats elected her and the rest of the Jew hating anti Israel scum because that's what their party has become of the last 10 years since the anti Israel obmanation was elected and mainstreamed anti Israel Jew hatred, but of course you blame Trump for whatever the democrats do by the way it was malaise carter was followed by Reagan, rapist bill followed by Bush 43, and the obamanation followed by Trump because each time America was sick of anti American scum presidents. Jews in America are in danger from the anti Israel leftists scum supported by the democrats party you love so much.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:38 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

This is Trumps Creation. Lets don't forget she was not elected under the Obama Presidency. 40 million people who otherwise never voted were energized by Trump.The Us Congress elected 3 Muslims under Trumps Presidency. That is more than the last 200 years combined. Nixon was followed by Carter. Trump? Hashem yerachem. It could be a Palestinian or other Progressive. The so called Frumme who voted for Trump for the move of the embassy what did not change a single life put millions of Yiden in Danger in the USA. Pittsburgh? Palis in Congress?

Don't know what you are hocking achink about but two points.

1) Obama did invite Sharpton the man with yankel roesnbaum hyd blood on his hands to the wh. Clinton would have never done that. He lowered the bar,

2) To an extent i agree that trump brings out the crazies on the other extreme side. But I think your argument is flawed. We need to vote for whats good for us trump is by far the best president for frum torah jews. If that comes with a few low loever muslim congresswomen getting excited so be it. That's not what we need to worry about.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:40 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #9  
qazxc Says:

NRA and commercial airlines are not foreign sovereign powers.

Yes, she is anti Israel and I suspect an anti Jews too, but AIPAC's vigorous on behalf of Bibi's polices makes it a target of those who oppose Israel in general.

We don't get to advocate for any cause without any facing criticism.

Cursing her on VIN doesn't help. Learn to address her opinion and debate it, if you think that will help, but you're wasting your time doing it on websites read by us.

she has nothing to address. The palestinains have no vaild argument. They abuse women and believe in killing others. One who supports terror doesn't need to be addressed.

Do we need to "address" ISIS or hamas?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

This is Trumps Creation. Lets don't forget she was not elected under the Obama Presidency. 40 million people who otherwise never voted were energized by Trump.The Us Congress elected 3 Muslims under Trumps Presidency. That is more than the last 200 years combined. Nixon was followed by Carter. Trump? Hashem yerachem. It could be a Palestinian or other Progressive. The so called Frumme who voted for Trump for the move of the embassy what did not change a single life put millions of Yiden in Danger in the USA. Pittsburgh? Palis in Congress?

And Trump was an Obama creation. Lets don't forget he was elected after the 8 disastrous years of the Obama Presidency. Over 55 million people were energized by Trump and voted against Obama and Clinton.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 01:06 PM Tommy Dayhun Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

This is Trumps Creation. Lets don't forget she was not elected under the Obama Presidency. 40 million people who otherwise never voted were energized by Trump.The Us Congress elected 3 Muslims under Trumps Presidency. That is more than the last 200 years combined. Nixon was followed by Carter. Trump? Hashem yerachem. It could be a Palestinian or other Progressive. The so called Frumme who voted for Trump for the move of the embassy what did not change a single life put millions of Yiden in Danger in the USA. Pittsburgh? Palis in Congress?

This too you blame on Trump? Please. The fact is that the Democratic Party is now the Party of hate and bigotry. Where are all the Party leaders to denounce Jew Hatred? Their silence is deafening. Will the "New York Times Jews" still vote for Democrats?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 01:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
qazxc Says:

They represent the interests of a foreign sovereign power.

Your need to resort to personal insults reveals much about you and the weakness of your arguement, nothing about me or mine.

Grow up.

no they don't they represent Americans who support Israel unlike you who support the Jew hating terrorist scum

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 03:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
democrats are anti israel scum Says:

typical moronic deranged leftist the democrats elected her and the rest of the Jew hating anti Israel scum because that's what their party has become of the last 10 years since the anti Israel obmanation was elected and mainstreamed anti Israel Jew hatred, but of course you blame Trump for whatever the democrats do by the way it was malaise carter was followed by Reagan, rapist bill followed by Bush 43, and the obamanation followed by Trump because each time America was sick of anti American scum presidents. Jews in America are in danger from the anti Israel leftists scum supported by the democrats party you love so much.

funny how no one mentions that Obama provided Israel with all the weapons it needed for a full 8 years. funny how no one mentions that Obama voted with Israel in the U.N. for a full 8 years (except for that famous 1 time). funny how no one mentions that Obama said that Israel had a right to defend itself during all the Gaza wars, which other world leaders did not do.
funny how bigoted the Orthodox community is
funny how the expression 'shvartze choleria' is bandied about in Orthodox shuls.
funny....

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
Anonymous Says:

And Trump was an Obama creation. Lets don't forget he was elected after the 8 disastrous years of the Obama Presidency. Over 55 million people were energized by Trump and voted against Obama and Clinton.

and 58 million people were energized by Clinton and voted against Trump

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:09 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

and 58 million people were energized by Clinton and voted against Trump

Thats not a chiddush. Clitnon was an insider and had the machine running smooth. The chuiddush is when an outlier gets so many votes.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:14 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #18  
Educated Archy Says:

Don't know what you are hocking achink about but two points.

1) Obama did invite Sharpton the man with yankel roesnbaum hyd blood on his hands to the wh. Clinton would have never done that. He lowered the bar,

2) To an extent i agree that trump brings out the crazies on the other extreme side. But I think your argument is flawed. We need to vote for whats good for us trump is by far the best president for frum torah jews. If that comes with a few low loever muslim congresswomen getting excited so be it. That's not what we need to worry about.

I am glad we agree "Trump brings out the crazies" on both sides. White Neo-Nazis on one side, progressives on the other side. We NEED worry . Most Goyim hate us (For 1000s of years) Its not so hard to tell the Goyim that America First means America not Israel.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:16 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

To #9- Who cursed her on VIN? Kindly have your eyeglass prescription updated.

Read. More. Carefully.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
Tommy Dayhun Says:

This too you blame on Trump? Please. The fact is that the Democratic Party is now the Party of hate and bigotry. Where are all the Party leaders to denounce Jew Hatred? Their silence is deafening. Will the "New York Times Jews" still vote for Democrats?

87% of Jews voted democrat. Most of the 13% who votes Republican are Orthodox. They are against Zionism/State of Israel etc. After 2 years of Trump Pittsburgh, MAGA Bomber and many Muslim Congressmans I sure hope that 90+ % of Jews will vote Democrat much more than before.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:19 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

no they don't they represent Americans who support Israel unlike you who support the Jew hating terrorist scum

Are you really so small minded that you cannot understand that there are supporters of Israel, some of who served in the IDF, by the way, who disagree with Bibi's and the right?

Grow up.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Educated Archy Says:

Don't know what you are hocking achink about but two points.

1) Obama did invite Sharpton the man with yankel roesnbaum hyd blood on his hands to the wh. Clinton would have never done that. He lowered the bar,

2) To an extent i agree that trump brings out the crazies on the other extreme side. But I think your argument is flawed. We need to vote for whats good for us trump is by far the best president for frum torah jews. If that comes with a few low loever muslim congresswomen getting excited so be it. That's not what we need to worry about.

Now that you understand that Trump created antisemitism in the USA (Indirectly) will you vote again for him?? If yes why? You just agreed that "He brings out the crazies" Even if he is innocent like Mother Theresa his results are Horrible for us.

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 04:49 PM obama wished to make genocidel iran a regional hegemony Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

funny how no one mentions that Obama provided Israel with all the weapons it needed for a full 8 years. funny how no one mentions that Obama voted with Israel in the U.N. for a full 8 years (except for that famous 1 time). funny how no one mentions that Obama said that Israel had a right to defend itself during all the Gaza wars, which other world leaders did not do.
funny how bigoted the Orthodox community is
funny how the expression 'shvartze choleria' is bandied about in Orthodox shuls.
funny....

during Operation Protective Edge the obamanation withheld missile transfers and banned flights to ben gurion, oh and he also shipped 1.7 billion dollars to iran and unfroze $150 billion more they could use to build up their military and fund terrorists murder of Jews in Israel the oh and as for the un it was this vote that counted the others meant nothing as they were in the general assembly where they are non binding this one was and the obamanation voted against Israel, and every time he said Israel has a right to defend itself he added the caveat of both sides showing restraint as if Israel defending itself is equivalent to the terrorists attacks

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 05:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Educated Archy Says:

Thats not a chiddush. Clitnon was an insider and had the machine running smooth. The chuiddush is when an outlier gets so many votes.

well said :"outLIER" slipof the tongue?

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 05:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
obama wished to make genocidel iran a regional hegemony Says:

during Operation Protective Edge the obamanation withheld missile transfers and banned flights to ben gurion, oh and he also shipped 1.7 billion dollars to iran and unfroze $150 billion more they could use to build up their military and fund terrorists murder of Jews in Israel the oh and as for the un it was this vote that counted the others meant nothing as they were in the general assembly where they are non binding this one was and the obamanation voted against Israel, and every time he said Israel has a right to defend itself he added the caveat of both sides showing restraint as if Israel defending itself is equivalent to the terrorists attacks

shipments to iran were just monies frozen by u.s. after the Iranian revolution. did not belong to us. belonged to the shah

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 06:38 PM you are deranged Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

Now that you understand that Trump created antisemitism in the USA (Indirectly) will you vote again for him?? If yes why? You just agreed that "He brings out the crazies" Even if he is innocent like Mother Theresa his results are Horrible for us.

no moron democrat support for the anti Israel wing of their party is what creates anti semitism in our country only a deranged moron would say vote for an anti Israel president because a pro Israel president leads to democrat anti semitic politicians

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 Feb 11, 2019 at 07:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Trump created anti semetism by being the most pro Jew and Israel president America has had in over a century

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 Feb 12, 2019 at 02:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #32  
Anonymous Says:

shipments to iran were just monies frozen by u.s. after the Iranian revolution. did not belong to us. belonged to the shah

Should have stayed frozen, instead of being allowed to supply and fund terror. There has never been a politician in America as supportive of anti-Israel terror as Obama.

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