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The exchanges triggered an uproar, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi castigating Omar and demanding an apology for using "anti-Semitic tropes" in her tweet.

She said she is learning about "the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents of Jewish Americans as a whole", she said in a statement.

"We have always to be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity".

House Democratic leaders are calling on Representative Ilhan Omar, D, to apologise for what many saw as anti-Semitic comments perpetuating the exhausted stereotype that Jews control politics with money.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the largest pro-Israel lobby in America and apparently Omar's target. We hope - especially in the face of other allegations of anti-Semitism - that Representative Ilhan Omar was simply unaware of the violent anti-Semitism expressed by Yousef Abdallah, and will now withdraw from this event and sever ties with Islamic Relief.

Democratic House lawmakers and former government officials are characterizing recent comments from one of their rising stars, Omar of Minnesota, as antisemitic.

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When people asked what Omar meant by McCarthy's motives being "all about the Benjamins", she tweeted, "AIPAC", referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group that has spent millions sending lawmakers on visits to the Jewish nation over the years.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she and Omar have spoken and that they've agreed "to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms".

Omar is one of a handful of high-profile freshmen Democratic women, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI, who often use social media to speak to their followers and lash out at criticism. And Max Rose and Jerry Nadler, both of NY, expressed on Monday personal disgust with her remarks.

A particularly large and politically active group of conservative American Evangelical Christians, moreover, not only identify themselves with Jews thanks to a common scriptural legacy, but also place the State of Israel at the very center of their vision of global salvation.

Democrats including Chelsea Clinton and Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., and Republicans such as Sen. "Now she tweets that if Members of Congress support Israel then they were bought off by Jews".

Omar's tweets were not the first time she had made questionable comments concerning Jews.

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Following mounting criticism about her anti-Israeli sentiments in Congress, and on Twitter, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was compelled to release the following statement. There has been no movement from Democratic leadership to remove Omar from her committee assignments.

The resulting firestorm has mostly been composed of critics from both parties accusing Omar of consciously promulgating the ancient smear of wealthy Jews buying influence, and some defenders suggesting she's accurately describing AIPAC's vast power. The Republicans recently punished one their own, Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King, for comments questioning when language like "white supremacist" became offensive.

Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Elaine Luria of Virginia are encouraging fellow members to sign onto a letter that would amount to a veiled rebuke of Omar short of a censure on the House floor.

Omar has yet to delete the offensive tweets.

Update (02/11/10, 3 p.m. ET): This story was updated to include a statement from Representative Ilhan Omar.

The use of the line, which comes from a 1997 Puff Daddy song, drew immediate criticism online for conjuring long-held stereotypes about Jewish people and money.

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