U.S. President Donald Trump has addressed the most recent controversial statements by Muslim Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Trump said he believes Omar “should resign from Congress, or at least certainly from the foreign affairs committee. The American president also said that “anti-Semitism has no place in the U.S. Congress.
The Democratic congresswoman sparked a great controversy this week. Journalist Glenn Greenwald had posted an article on his Twitter account saying that Republican Kevin McCarthy was planning to crack down on Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for their criticism of Israel.
In response to the journalist’s tweet, Ilhan Omar posted a short message on her Twitter account: “It’s all about the ‘Benjamins”. The message was meant to refer very clearly to Benjamin Franklin, who appears on the $100 bill in the U.S., insinuating that support for Israel is largely due to money.
Omar was harshly criticized in the U.S. and around the world, so she subsequently posted a message on Twitter apologizing. The congresswoman said that she did not want to offend the Jews, but at the same time she reiterated that she believes that the role of the Jewish organization AIPAC and its pro-Israel lobby in the United States is “problematic”.
Trump himself made a point of referring to Omar’s statements on Monday that the congresswoman “should be ashamed” and that her apologies had been inadequate.
This is not the first time that Omar has made statements with a clear anti-Semitic and anti-Israel tone.
In a recent interview Omar scoffed at Israel’s democracy: “We still defend (Israel) as a democracy in the Middle East. I almost laugh because I know that if we saw (what Israel does) in any other society, we would criticize it. We do that to Iran, we do it to any other place that somehow makes their religion shine,”
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Omar criticized the role of the United States in saying it has been unfair to the Palestinians: “We have a policy that makes one superior to the other. And we disguise it with a conversation about justice and a two-state solution, while we have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other.
In 2012, Omar wrote on Twitter that “Israel has hypnotized the world” and wanted “Allah to wake people up and help them see Israel’s wrongdoings.
In other statements on her official Twitter account, Ilhan Omar has not hesitated to call Israel an “apartheid state.