Bernie Sanders aide defends Omar with term seen as anti-Semitic, apologizes

Top Sanders aide invokes nasty anti-Semitic smear on social media — and now she's backtracking

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What anti-Semitism is not: freely criticizing Israeli policies and actions that have violated worldwide law for decades, and the targeting of women and children by the Israeli military (an arm of state policy); uncritical American support of the state of Israel and its leader, right-wing and corrupt Benjamin Netanyahu.

Minnesota Democrats are seriously considering challenging their Representative Ilhan Omar in the 2020 election over her recent anti-Jewish remarks.

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"I'm asking not to rule out the history of this issue, but in the context in which this was said by Ilhan", she reportedly said during a Facebook thread discussing the violent history of the "dual allegiance" trope against Jewish people.

However, "While she has created a significant amount of controversy for herself and said things that have offended many Americans, I'm not sure that one could make the case that she is in trouble yet", said Mike Erlandson, the former chair of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the former chief of staff to ex-congressman Martin Sabo, a Democrat who challenged Omar's predecessor in 2006. They've heard one anti-Semitic comment too many, and they're ready to take the next step to remove her from Congress. She suggested pro-Israel lawmakers have dual loyalties and that they pledged their "allegiance to a foreign country". The House eventually passed a resolution last week, with only a few Republican dissenting, condemning "hateful expressions of intolerance" against Jews, Muslims and other minorities. However, Democrats decided not to name Omar personally in the language of the resolution, which several Republicans opposed as a "watered-down, half-hearted effort", Fox News reports. "She is part of a group of young progressives that is starting a lot of uncomfortable and overdue conversations on the left about climate change, and health care, and yes, Israel and Palestine".

Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren also posed similar concerns, with Harris expressing her worry "that the spotlight being put on (Omar) may put her at risk".

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