Omar apologizes after House leaders condemn comments as anti-Semitic

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February 12, 2019 01:41
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Democratic lawmaker Ilhan Omar apologized on Monday after party leaders condemned her comments about the pro-Israel lobby in the United States as using anti-Semitic stereotypes.

"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," Omar, who was elected for the first time to the US House of Representatives in November, said in a statement.

"My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole," she said, adding that she "unequivocally" apologized.

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