Pompeo, like other Republicans at the AIPAC conference, also assailed the Democratic Party after comments by Representative Ilhan Omar, who apologized after her talk of dual loyalties among supporters of Israel was seen as anti-Semitic. I tell Israel's detractors: "Accuse us".
The actions are part of a larger political strategy aimed, in part, at showing that Republicans are more willing to directly tackle anti-Semitic hate speech and anti-Israel language than divided Democrats in the lower chamber, Republican aides and operatives said. Since arriving in Washington, the freshman representative has come under fire by a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers over rhetoric seen as anti-Semitic-including a tweet in which she said USA support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins". So when someone accuses American supporters of dual loyalty, I say: accuse me.
Hoyer also took aim the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Omar. "And in one fell swoop, to fawning applause, he basically confirms @IlhanMN was right all along". He stressed that he's "been proud to help lead efforts in Congress to push back against the BDS movement".
Omar, in a joint statement issued after Thursday's vote with Tlaib and Representative Andre Carson, a Democrat from in, said "we are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry". "Where would civil rights in the United States be without the heroic Montgomery bus boycotts?" She also wrote that U.S. support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins baby" and implied that Jewish organizations like AIPAC have bribed American lawmakers.
Under pressure from a diverse coalition of progressive advocacy groups, a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates vowed to skip AIPAC's event.