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Omar Ilhan in anti-Semitism row for saying AIPAC money behind Republican support for Israel

USA congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted out an apology on Monday, after posts she had written a day earlier were condemned as anti-Semitic.

The letter did not name Ms Omar, but said top Democrats, including House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, must confront lawmakers who make "reckless statements".

He said that Israel is an indispensable US strategic ally in the Middle East, and it's "immoral" for Omar to suggest that Jews have "bought off" members of Congress.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the largest pro-Israel lobby in America and apparently Omar's target.

"At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".

"That goes right into the anti-Semitic bias which has plagued the world for too long", King said.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was quick to call for action against Ms Omar.

The statement was issued in response to a tweet Omar sent Sunday, in which she suggested her colleagues' support for Israel could be attributed to the financial influence of Jewish donors and groups like the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she and Omar have spoken and that they've agreed "to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

Ms Omar - who in November became one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress - has been criticised before for criticisms of Israel.

Two Democratic lawmakers circulated a letter addressed to Pelosi and other leaders urging them to take "swift action" against anti-Semitic language by members. She said the statement came in the context of Israel's treatment of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has formidable financial clout, and it prides itself on its influence in USA politics.

Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, were among those to condemn Omar's comments as anti-Semitic.

"Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", New York Democratic Rep. Max Rose tweeted along with a statement.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler named Omar in his statement and said she had failed a test of leadership.

"As I have said, as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I will ensure support for Israel remains strong and bipartisan and I will shine a light on the evil of anti-Semitism and the danger it poses. There is absolutely no place for this rhetoric in Congress - or anywhere", New Jersey Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer tweeted.

"It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Representative Ilhan Omar's (MN) choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money".

Critics of the tweet included many Republican members of Congress, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and former ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama Daniel B. Shapiro. In the Democratic Party - and in the United States of America - we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength.

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