“Twitter is probably not the best medium for nuanced conversation,” Mr. Munayyer stated. “But I don’t think the correct answer is we can’t talk about it. I think it is very important in this moment to have a conversation about U.S. relations with Israel.”
Ms. Mayer stated she “wholeheartedly” accepts Ms. Omar’s “apology for her word choice while also appreciating the moral stance that she takes on this issue, which is pretty unprecedented in today’s Congress.”
Monday’s forwards and backwards got here on prime of earlier flash factors that pitted Ms. Omar in opposition to Israel’s fiercest supporters in Congress, Republican and Democrat. She advised Yahoo News final month that when politicians “still uphold” Israel “as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle.” That introduced again criticism of a 2012 tweet during which she accused Israel of hypnotizing the world to masks its evil deeds.
She had been attempting to fix fences over these feedback when Sunday evening’s tweet went viral.
Before the leaders’ assertion on Monday, different Democrats had damaged rank to voice their condemnations. Two House Democrats, Representatives Elaine Luria, a freshman from Virginia, and Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, launched a letter Monday morning calling on Democratic leaders to talk out in opposition to any lawmaker who “uses harmful tropes and stereotypes, levels accusations of dual loyalty or makes reckless statements like those yesterday.”
“As Jewish members of Congress, we are deeply alarmed by recent rhetoric from certain members within our caucus, including just last night, that has disparaged us and called into question our loyalty to our nation,” they wrote. “We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our caucus to unite against anti-Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes.”
[Read the letter here.]
The two stated in interviews that they had been referring each to Ms. Omar and to a different freshman Democrat, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the opposite Muslim girl in Congress. Ms. Tlaib has additionally drawn hearth for remarks that her critics say gasoline anti-Semitic tropes, and Ms. Luria and Mr. Gottheimer lately met together with her to precise their issues.
Both stated they left the assembly upset that she didn’t apologize. Ms. Tlaib, who’s Palestinian-American and whose grandmother lives within the West Bank, responded with an announcement Monday night saying partially that her “life’s work is centered on equality and justice,” including, “I am not easily bullied away from choosing peace and truth dialogue.”