February 19, 2019

HOLDING HERSELF ACCOUNTABLE:

Ilhan Omar apologizes to Jewish groups for hurt caused by AIPAC tweet (Times of Israel, 2/19/19)

"Let me reiterate my sincere apology for any actual hurt my words have caused," Omar, a freshman Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, said on Tuesday afternoon, according to someone present on the call.

"I know there are a lot of people who in the last weeks have expressed support in trying to say this isn't anti-Semitic or this shouldn't be looked at in that way," she added.

But Omar said it is up to the Jewish community to define anti-Semitism.

"I do not want to give space or energy to anyone who wants to minimize the hurt," she said. [...]

The call Tuesday included a range of centrist and liberal Jewish groups including the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Democratic Council of America, the refugee resettlement agency HIAS, Americans for Peace Now and Bend the Arc.

Omar kept her remarks brief but promised to meet face to face with the groups in the near future.

She said the call was an opportunity "for you all to directly hear from me how I feel about my actions and for us to start the process of not only healing but building a relationship and getting to the process of politicking on our viewpoints on this."

Posted by at February 19, 2019 8:37 PM

  

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