Dylan Williams, the senior vice president of pro-Israel group J Street, responded to Harkov saying her comment is “exactly the kind of bad-faith, weaponized accusation that has clouded and eroded understanding of the very real threat posed by anti-Semitism.”
He added: “It doesn’t make us safer (to say the least) and endangers those falsely accused.”
Leah Greenberg added on Twitter: “The latest effort to twist @IlhanMN’s words and impute anti-semitism to what’s obviously a pretty standard observation about billionaire’s sharing similar political views is outrageous. It should be given no credence whatsoever.”
Omar retweeted Greenberg’s tweet, adding: “Yep.”
The 38-year-old Minnesota congresswoman has repeatedly faced allegations of anti-Semitism since she was elected.
Earlier this year, Omar was forced by Democratic leaders to apologize for a tweet claiming that some lawmakers’ support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins.” Omar said she was “grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes” in her apology on Twitter in February.
She also sparked a furor over her views on Israel, including a tweet from 2012 where she said “Israel has hypnotised the world.” In her apology, she said she regretted the “unfortunate word choice,” but said that criticizing the Israeli government is not the same as criticizing Jews.
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