WASHINGTON (AP) — A robust Home chairman is warning members of his panel that anti-Semitism is not going to be tolerated after a freshman member sparked a bipartisan backlash to a tweet criticizing an American group that helps Israel.
International Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel in an announcement Monday didn’t immediately point out Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweet, during which she stated that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is paying members of Congress to help the Jewish state. However Engel stated he finds it “surprising to listen to a member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish cash.’” He stated he’ll emphasize to committee members of each events that the American-Israeli relationship is essential.
Omar’s tweet sparked a bipartisan backlash. Some lawmakers known as on Democrats to take away her from the International Affairs Committee.