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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:04 AM

Rep. Ilhan Omar Accused Of Anti-Semitism Over Claim AIPAC Pays Congress To Be Pro-Israel

February 10, 2019 By Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — 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.

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

Read more: https://forward.com/fast-forward/419103/ilhan-omar-anti-semitism-antisemitism-aipac/

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:26 AM

1. AIPAC is usually a middle man for the money

https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2016/03/22/the-best-congress-aipac-can-buy/

"AIPAC itself does not make political contributions and is in fact legally prohibited from doing so. Instead it uses its considerable resources ($3 million annual lobbying budget) to link current and aspiring members of Congress with pro-Israel donors. AIPAC’s projection of invincibility encourages political candidates and officeholders to accept pro-Israel contributions or risk seeing those funds go to their opponents. For example, former Congressman Paul Findley and former Senator Charles Percy lost their seats for failure to adhere to the AIPAC line."



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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:44 AM

2. There are Jews in her district, lifelong democrats

who held their nose and voted for her.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:16 AM

3. Dont like the lady or her religion but she is right

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