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Were Ilhan Omar’s Comments On AIPAC Anti-Semitic?

Omar used harmful Jewish stereotypes

She's right about AIPAC's financial sway

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The underlying anti-Semitism of Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar’s Tweets regarding AIPAC was clear, believes Jonathan S. Tobin of National Review. Her comment that support for Israel in US politics is “all about the Benjamins” was untruthful and mirrored long-standing anti-Semitic themes of Jewish manipulation. America’s close relationship with Israel is based on shared religious and democratic values. To suggest that it is purely motivated by money twists this truth. Omar has previously alleged that Israel is “hypnotizing the world.” The anti-Semitism of such statements needs to be recognized and called out.

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Accusations that Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar’s valid criticism of AIPAC was anti-Semitic are erroneous and quell a much-needed discussion on money in politics, writes Ilana Cruger-Zaken of The Forward. AIPAC is a highly influential lobbying group that encourages US politicians to be pro-Israel through donations. While it doesn’t make these donations itself, it directs a large network of donors, giving it a lot of sway. Omar’s Tweet quoting a Puff Daddy song clearly didn’t capture the nuance of this situation, but to call it anti-Semitic ignores the truth about AIPAC’s financial impact on American politicians.

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