Newly sworn in Ilhan Omar’s past statements on Israel raise anti-Semitic concerns

New members of the 116th Congress were sworn in today, including Ilhan Omar, the first Somali Muslim-American woman to be elected to Congress. But some old, anti-Semitic tweets are raising eyebrows on the day of her swearing in.

This isn’t the first time that tweet has surfaced and Omar responded back in May of 2018 to people who discovered it and were sharing on their feeds.

Some have written that she needs to apologize for the old tweet, calling it “needlessly divisive, promoting ethnic and religious enmity between Jews and Muslims instead of promoting a peace and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Others, like the writers over at Think Progress, don’t believe she has anything to apologize for, saying conservatives are “fear-mongering” and that “Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews.”

But when you have people like Linda Sarsour in your court, it’s probably just cause for some concern.

For now, Omar is palling around with Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez and enjoying her moment.

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