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11 February 2019, 13:00 GMT

From Allan Smith

First year Democratic Rep Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last fall – is accused of sending a series of "anti-Semitic" tweets about the Israeli lobby in the US

Omar, an advocate of the BDS – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – movement focused on economic and political pressure on Israel over his treatment of Palestinians, tweeted Sunday evening first that money drove US politicians to defend Israel.

She then tweeted that AIPAC – the American Israeli Public Affairs Commission – paid politicians to support Israel.

Omar, a Somali refugee, came under fire from a number of democrats.

Rep. Has been working for almost two weeks. @IlhanMN has avoided to discuss with me why anti-Semitic tropics like this are harmful to so many Americans. There is absolutely no room for this rhetoric in Congress – or anywhere else.

– Rep. Josh Gottheimer (@RepJoshG) February 11, 2019

AIPAC, a non-profit organization that does not directly donate to candidates but is committed to a faithful pro-Israeli message in Washington, D.C., responded to Omar, tweeting that it is "proud that we are involved in the democratic process of strengthening the US-Israel relationship".

"Our dual efforts reflect American values ​​and interests," continued the tweet. "We will in no way be put off by ill-informed and unlawful attacks on this important work."

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted that she would go Monday to Omar's office to "anti-Semitic tropes." to discuss. Omar tweeted that she would love to chat with Clinton.

Hi Melissa – I will reach her tomorrow. I also think that we should raise up anti-Semitic language and faces from all sides, especially among our elected officials and especially now.

– Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 11, 2019

Hello congresswoman! Totally agree. I will reach your office tomorrow. I look forward to talking about this thread and more, Chelsea

– Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 11, 2019

Omar, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House, initially responded in her earliest tweet to criticism from Kevin McCarthy, leader of the minority, of her earlier comments about Israel. McCarthy and other Republicans have called on Democratic leaders to take action against Omar and the Democratic Represident Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, another recently elected Muslim woman, for their criticism of Israel. McCarthy compared it with Republicans who had taken action regarding the racist remarks of Republican deputy Steve King from Iowa.

Democratic representative Dan Kildee from Michigan said the Good King News day on the new day that he did not see the tweets as anti-Semitic.

"We must be careful not to interpret that in anything other than a concern that money has an undue influence on political decision-making," he said.