Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday insisted that freshman Representative Ilhan Omar immediately apologise for tweets saying that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel.
«Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,» Pelosi said in a statement issued by her office and signed by other Democratic leaders after a bipartisan backlash against the Minnesota Democrat.
«We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologise for these hurtful comments.»
The statement came after Omar tweeted over the weekend that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is paying members of Congress to support Israel. Omar is one of two of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.