The head of a pro-Israel ministry says an apology from a Muslim member of Congress isn't enough to gloss over the lawmaker's blatant anti-Semitic tweets that started a firestorm on Capitol Hill.
Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) received a great deal of condemnation – even from her own party – following some weekend comments she made on social media implying that American lawmakers are being bribed to support Israel.
After getting an earful from both sides of the aisle, the Minnesota Democrat tweeted an apology, saying: "My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole .... At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it."
Omar's apology is both "unacceptable [and] insufficient," says Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations.
"This woman is an avowed anti-Semite. She is spewing the BDS narrative," she tells OneNewsNow. "She did not apologize for her support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement."
President Donald Trump describes Omar's apology as "lame" and says she should resign from Congress or at least not be allowed to serve on committees.
Referring to the apology, Cardoza-Moore says it was telling what Omar said about lobbying groups.
"I find it fascinating that she didn't cite one of the liberal lobbying organizations. [The ones she identified] were all three tied to the conservative groups," she says. "She is not going to hide behind her comments; we know that she's an anti-Semite. She had her hand slapped and she was forced to apologize publicly."
Cardoza-Moore argues that because of her comments, Rep. Omar should be removed immediately from the House Foreign Relations Committee. Some Republicans in Congress are saying the same thing. At press time, there's been no report of that happening.