Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that USA politicians" support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence.
Omar was taken to task by left-wing Jewish pundits - who normally share many of her criticisms of Israel - after she tweeted, "It's all about the Benjamins baby", in explaining why American politicians support Israel.
Critics interpreted her comments as a perpetuation of anti-Semitic rhetorical tropes - that Jewish people pump money into support for Israel in the U.S. According to Politico, AIPAC doesn't donate directly to political candidates, but it is known for pushing a pro-Israel message in Washington.
A number of people weighed in on Omar's claim. "And I know exactly what the congresswoman meant". "When it comes to issues around foreign policy or comes to issues specifically with Israel, there are a lot of interests, a lot of folks who make campaign contributions based on a person's position on Israel", adding people have to be careful to not construe it as anything other than money having an influence on political decisions.
"We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship", tweeted AIPAC. "The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that do not live up to that cherished ideal", Rose said.
"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted.
Even before she won the Democratic primary for Minnesota's Fifth District congressional seat, I noted that Ilhan Omar posed "A question for Democrat" (i.e., how they would deal with anti-Semitism in their party). McCarthy's call to discipline Omar, apparently for the 7-year old tweet, came after she apologized. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar tweeted at the former first daughter. "I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you".