Minnesota Democrats look for challenger to Ilhan Omar

Minnesota Democrats look for challenger to Ilhan Omar

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

According to the Hill, local party officials who were offended by Omar's comments are looking for someone to take on Omar in the next Democratic primaries, but have yet to find a candidate to fill her shoes.

"There's definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her", he added. In one episode she appeared to accuse politicians of being bought off by Jewish interests, and in another she accused Jews of having a "dual loyalty" to defend Israel.

"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.

Omar has come under heavy criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for the use of anti-Semitic slurs.

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Last week, the House of Representatives passed an anti-hate resolution sparked in large part by Omar's recent suggestions that Israel supporters want USA lawmakers to pledge "allegiance" to the Jewish state - which was widely condemned as echoing the age-old "dual loyalties" smear against Jewish politicians.

Words matter. And the hateful words pronounced by Rep. Ilhan Omar will continue to haunt and poison the future of American Jewry.

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

Omar has provoked accusations of anti-Semitism against her with her chiding of Israel, suggesting at one point that it had "hypnotized the world" and prayed that Allah would "awaken" it.

"Omar should be censured and, beyond that, removed from the powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that Speaker Pelosi surprisingly granted to this first-year legislator", said Rabbi Spero of the National Conference of Jewish Affairs.

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