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#CAIR statement on most recent anti-Semitism allegations against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

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Anti-Semitism is real, and real anti-Semites pose a serious threat to our Jewish neighbors. 
That's why politicians must stop disingenuously using accusations of anti-Semitism to silence legitimate criticism of a foreign nation's discriminatory policies.

We applaud Congresswoman Ilhan Omar & Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and others for courageously speaking the truth about the Israeli government’s policies of racial, religious and ethnic segregation against Christian and Muslim Palestinians, among others.

Criticizing Israeli government policies--and the lobby groups which advocate for those policies on Capitol Hill, like AIPAC--is not anti-Semitic, just as criticizing Saudi government policies--and the lobby groups which advocate for those policies on Capitol Hill--is not Islamophobic.


Official Statement issued by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar:

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole," Omar said in a statement Monday. "We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.

At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyist in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It's gone too long and we must be willing to address it."



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