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US Muslim lawmaker s tweet sparks anti-Semitism charges

Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, drew stern rebukes from Republicans and fellow Democrats Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. The Minnesota freshman has faced criticism for weeks over her positions on the Jewish state, but it boiled over late Sunday after she reacted to a Republican critic in a tweet. It s all about the Benjamins baby, Omar replied, referring to American USD 100 bills featuring the likeness of Benjamin Franklin. When a user asked who Omar believes is paying US politicians to support Israel, the former Somali refugee tweeted a one-word response: AIPAC! The exchanges triggered an uproar. Democrat Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of which Omar is a member, said: Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable, and it s shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of Jewish money. Liz Cheney, a top Republican leader in the ...

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