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US Democratic Rep. Elhan Omar apologized after party leaders denounced her statements about a pro-Israel lobby group in the United States saying she was anti-Semitic while President Donald Trump said her apology was not enough.


US Rep. Elhan Omar apologized after party leaders denounced her comments on a pro-Israel lobby group in the United States saying she was anti-Semitic while President Donald Trump said her apology was not enough.

"Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful to Jewish allies and colleagues who tell me the painful history of anti-Semitic ideas," Elhan, who was first elected to the US House of Representatives in November, said in a statement.

"I never intended to upset voters or American Jews as a whole," she said, adding that she apologized "unequivocally."

"We must always be ready to go back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me about my identity," she said.

"That's why I apologize frankly," she said.

Both Democrats and Republicans have been insulted by what I wrote on Twitter that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group, is paying US politicians to support Israel.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on the council criticized the deputy's earlier statements and called for an apology, saying anti-Semitism should be addressed and condemned.

"The values ​​of freedom of expression and democratic debate shared by the United States and Israel guarantee legitimate criticism of Israeli policies. But the deputy's use of anti-Semitic expressions and unfair accusations against Israel's supporters is deeply offensive. "

Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, told Twitter: "The vice president's use of anti-Semitic stereotypes is humiliating and irresponsible."

President Donald Trump criticized Elhan's remarks and said her apology was not enough.

"I think she should be ashamed of herself," Trump told reporters on the way to El Paso ahead of a speech on the construction of a wall on the Mexican-American border. I think it was a terrible statement, and I do not see her apologies enough. "

Elhan, a Minnesota lawmaker, has been criticized for weeks for her views of Israel, but the criticism reached its peak late on Sunday after she responded to a Republican criticizing Twitter.

"It's all about Benjamin, my dear," she wrote in a reply, referring to the $ 100-dollar bill bearing US President Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

When a Twitter user asked her who she thought was paying money to American politicians to support Israel, the former Somali refugee responded with a single word to Twitter, "AIPAC."

"Anti-Semitism in any way is unacceptable," said Elliot Engel, chairman of the Democratic House Committee on Foreign Relations, which includes Elhan. "It is shocking to hear a member of Congress reviving the anti-Semitic term Jewish money."

Leading Republican leader Liz Cheney called on Democratic leaders to "condemn anti-Semitism" and remove Elhan from the commission.

MPs said that Elhan was wrong about why parliamentarians support Israel, and explained that the support is based on shared values ​​and strategic interests, but many of them hailed her apology.

Elhan and the second Muslim Democrat in the House of Representatives Rachida Taleb belonging to the party's left wing gave their public support to the PDS movement (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) calling for an economic, cultural and scientific boycott of Israel to protest their occupation of the Palestinian territories.

REF: https://www.emaratalyoum.com/politics/reports-and-translation/2019-02-12-1.1181923