A professional-Israel foyer group is having a disagreement with a pro-Palestine Democratic congresswoman over an advert that referenced her alongside terrorist teams.
The challenge facilities round an advert by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who’s a frequent critic of Israel. The advert confirmed Omar’s picture and browse “Stand WITH America. Stand AGAINST terrorists.” It additionally accused Omar of equating the United States with the Taliban and Israel with Hamas. This was a reference to feedback Omar made in June about “unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban” lately. After receiving criticism, Omar mentioned she was not equating terrorists with democracies.
On Wednesday, Omar’s spokesman Jeremy Slevin in contrast AIPAC’s language to alleged demise threats Omar receives, and accused the foyer group of endangering her.
“Make no mistake: AIPAC is putting Rep. Omar’s life at risk with repeated Islamophobic attack ads,” mentioned Slevin on Twitter.
Slevin’s feedback have been picked up by some Israeli media retailers Thursday.
The controversy continued Thursday when AIPAC stood by the advert. In response to a crucial tweet by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the pro-Israel foyer tweeted, “Inciting hate by demonizing Israel and spreading vicious, dangerous lies about our democratic ally Israel doesn’t advance the prospects for peace.”
Omar, who’s Muslim, is a member of the self-styled “squad” of comparatively younger and progressive members of the Congress. The group, which additionally contains Tlaib, is thought for its vocal criticism of Israel.
The Israel-Palestine challenge is a explanation for divisions throughout the Democratic Party and Americans normally. AIPAC is without doubt one of the most outstanding pro-Israel organizations within the nation.