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

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

"In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive", Belén Sisa, Sanders' incoming deputy press secretary for Latino outreach, said in a statement.

In a Facebook post discussing Sanders' support for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has been criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike in recent weeks over similar remarks interpreted as anti-Semitic, Sisa questioned whether the US government and American Jews have "a dual allegiance to the state of Israel?"

The sit-in is aimed at antisemitic comments from congressional Democrats, specifically Rep. Ilhan Omar. Bernie Sanders apologized for a Facebook post in which she suggested that American Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel.

As president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, and a lifelong Democrat, I urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to act boldly and decisively on Rep. Ilhan Omar's antisemitic bigotry.

"There's definitely some buzz going around about it, but it's more a buzz of "is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her" than it is anyone saying they're going to run against her or contemplate it", said state Sen.

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The anti-Zionist obsession that Rep. Omar now brings to the halls of Congress aims to strip these six and a half million people from sovereignty and abandon them, stateless, to the mercy of genocidal neighbors.

In her apology, Omar said that "anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes".

The thread stated, "This is a serious question: Do you not think that the American government and American Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the State of Israel?" Omar gained the ire of those on the right for, among other things, criticizing the influence a pro-Israel lobby has over foreign policy. Republicans have pushed to have her removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee, but Engel has not asked Democratic leadership to take that step. "What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate".

Sanders, who is Jewish, defended Omar in a statement last week. She went on to back Omar's re-election.

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