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In open letter, Jewish Americans come out in support of Ilhan Omar March 6, 2019 at 12:27 pm
American Jews, including prominent figures like Naomi Klein, have signed an open letter [1] in support of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

The letter states that she has been “falsely accused of antisemitism” and that there was nothing anti-Semitic about calling out the “noxious” role of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in American politics.

It went on to say that “The pro-Israel lobby has played an outsized role in producing nearly unanimous congressional support for Israel”, and slammed AIPAC and other lobby groups including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the fossil fuel lobby for its “anti-democratic” legislative influence on US politics.

The letter finished by saying “We thank Ilhan Omar for having the bravery to shake up the congressional taboo against criticizing Israel. As Jews with a long tradition of social justice and anti-racism, AIPAC does not represent us.” and called on other Jews to sign the letter.

Omar has faced huge backlash after calling out AIPAC, including facing accusations of anti-Semitism from both Democrats and Republicans, floor action against her [2] by Nancy Pelosi, and disturbing posters at a Republican event, linking her to the 9/11 attacks. [3]

The charge of anti-Semitism comes after Omar said that the Republican Party’s threats against her and Palestinian-American congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for criticising Israel was “all about the Benjamins, baby!” in reference to money allegedly paid to the party and its members to support Tel Aviv.

When she was asked to clarify who is paying members, she cited AIPAC, which has previously boasted about its financial influence [4] in US politics.
[1] http://jewswithilhan.org/
[2] https://archive.li/https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/04/omar-israel-house-democrats-1201881
[3] http://web.archive.org/web/20190302203158/https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/02/politics/west-virginia-ilhan-omar-poster/index.html
[4] https://archive.li/https://theintercept.com/2019/02/11/ilhan-omar-israel-lobby-documentary/
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. Original here: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190306-in-open-letter-jewish-americans-come-out-in-support-of-ilhan-omar (Emphasis our own. Links replaced by links to archived versions since not all allow linking. NB: Naomi Klein is North American – Canadian.)

The Jerusalem Post reports on Trump’s Ambassador to Germany: “IN A FIRST, U.S. CALLS ON GERMAN BANKS TO CLOSE BDS ACCOUNTS The account in question belongs to the Jewish Voice for a Fair Peace in the Middle East and is used to raise funds to promote BDS. BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL MARCH 6, 2019 See: http://web.archive.org/web/20190306120936/https://www.jpost.com/BDS-THREAT/In-a-first-US-calls-on-German-banks-to-close-BDS-accounts-582593