Omar hits back at Pelosi over BDS remarks

Rep. Ilhan Omar. (photo: AP)
Omar has faced a firestorm in recent weeks for making comments critical of Israel.

By Christina Marcos | The Hill | Mar 26, 2019

‘A condemnation for people that want to exercise their First Amendment rights is beneath any leader, and I hope that we find a better use of language when we are trying to speak as members of Congress that are sworn to protect the Constitution.’
— Rep Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday pushed back against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for denouncing the global boycott and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel during an appearance before the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

During a speech before the conference Tuesday morning, Pelosi said, “We must also be vigilant against bigoted or dangerous ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS,” referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Omar, as well as fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), both support the BDS movement, which seeks to pressure Israel over its policy toward Palestinians. The rookie lawmakers are the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. . . .

Omar also swiped at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, who rebuked her tweet saying that “it’s all about the Benjamins baby” in reference to why US lawmakers defend Israel.

“From this Benjamin: It’s not about the Benjamins!” Netanyahu said.

“This from a man facing indictments for bribery and other crimes in three separate public corruption affairs,” Omar tweeted Tuesday. “Next!”

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