Ilhan Omar Tweets U.S. Politicians’ Support for Israel Is ‘All About the Benjamins’

File photo: Representative Ilhan Omar ahead of President Trump's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 5, 2019.
File photo: Representative Ilhan Omar ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 5, 2019.

WASHINGTON – A new controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and Israel erupted on Sunday, when the Minnesota Congresswoman wrote on Twitter that support for Israel in the United States was “all about the Benjamins,” referring to Benjamin Franklin, whose image appears on $100 bills.

Omar’s tweet was criticized by Forward journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon, who wrote: “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted.”

In reply, Omar wrote: “AIPAC!” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the most influential U.S. lobby group supporting the Israeli government.

AIPAC responded to the controversy with a short statement: “We are proud that we are engaged…

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