Bernie Sanders aide apologizes for suggesting Jews have dual loyalty

Blanche Robertson
March 16, 2019

"In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive".

Some Minnesota Democrats have begun looking to recruit someone to mount a primary challenge against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after her comments about Israel and AIPAC, The Hill reports. Bernie Sanders (VT) apologized and deleted a Facebook post about American Jews' "dual allegiance" after Politico contacted her about the comment, which has been criticized as anti-Semitic.

When asked by another Facebook user if her boss, who is Jewish, has "dual loyalty", she replied, "I think I would probably have to ask him?

There's definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her", said Democratic state Sen. "They're more than willing to pose with Omar on magazine covers, but when she tried to talk about a truly hard topic, which is her job as an elected official, and her life was in danger, they kind of threw her under the bus".

Omar tweeted that pro-Israel politicians are paid off with Jewish money and accused Jewish Americans of have a "dual loyalty".

In her apology, Omar said that "anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes".

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Sanders has come to Omar's defense amid the criticism, and suggested that a resolution condemning hateful speech that passed the House last week was meant to target Omar as a way of "stifling that debate" over support for Palestine and legitimate criticism of Israel.

Omar, over the course of a few weeks of being confronted over several statements, has apologized and defended herself.

But she's also continued to employ controversial rhetoric when discussing Israel, American foreign policy and lobbying.

"Anti-Semitism is a hateful and risky ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world".

Minnesota's Jewish community is increasingly frustrated with the comments coming from Omar, saying they have actively reached out to the congresswoman to express their concerns.

Spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA) Rabbi Aryeh Spero organized a "sit-in" protest at the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday, calling for the censure of Omar and blasting Pelosi for her reluctance to do so.

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