Trump blasts Omar’s latest remarks: A ‘dark day for Israel’

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest anti-Semitic trope raises sensitivity of supposed dual loyalty of pro-Israel U.S. Jews.

By World Israel News Staff

U.S. President Donald Trump says that the latest comment made by U.S. Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar relating to Jews and Israel marks a “dark day” for the Jewish State.

“Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump was responding to Omar’s tweet, in which she wrote: “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”

Her comments were seen as suggesting that encouraging support for Israel amounts to advocating allegiance to a foreign country.

It followed her accusation in February that the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group in Washington was paying off members of Congress to gain their support for Israel.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said that her most recent comment was another example of anti-Semitism. The issue of dual loyalty has long been a sensitive issue for many U.S. Jews who support Israel, insisting that they are first and foremost American though working to safeguard Israeli interests.

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A number of Jewish groups wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday, asking for Omar to be removed from the committee.

“In light of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent anti-Semitic tweets, statements, and address before Islamic Relief USA on Saturday, February 23rd, we, the undersigned organizations, request that you immediately remove her as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” the groups wrote.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, also wrote to Pelosi on Monday and asked that the House draw up a resolution condemning her statements.

Greenblatt wrote that accusing Jews of having dual loyalties has “long been a vile anti-Semitic slur.”

In response, Democrats drafted a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism.

According to news website Politico, Democrats intend to put the measure, which would likely have universal Republican support, to the floor on Wednesday.

Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, had posted on Twitter that anti-Muslim stereotyping of Omar was offensive and should be roundly condemned, and that, for the same reason, Omar’s repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes should be, as well.

“I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful,” wrote Lowey.

“The people of the 5th [Congressional District of Minnesota] elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!,” Omar told  Lowey, hinting that Lowey’s support for Israel was not in the interests of her congressional district in New York.

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Omar added that “I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it.”