Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in a speech Monday night over her comments about Israel, Fox News reports.
"When someone says that being Jewish and supporting Israel means you’re not loyal to America, we must call it out,” Schumer said in a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference on Monday night, in an apparent reference to Omar’s recent remark that pro-Israel groups “push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
The senator added, “When someone looks at a neo-Nazi rally and sees some 'very fine people' among its company, we must call it out," referring to President Donald Trump’s comment that some of those who marched in the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. were “very fine people.”
"When someone suggests that money drives support for Israel, we must call it out," Schumer added later, another reference to a remark made by Omar. "You can be a Jew and care about Israel and it doesn’t make you any less of an American. You can be a Jew and lobby for Israel and it doesn’t make you any less of an American. It makes you a better American ... You can be, all at once, completely Jewish, completely pro-Israel, and completely American, and we are."
"Plain and simple, the Democratic party supports Israel and we will continue to do so and we will maintain that bipartisan relationship through thick and thin. Israel depends on it," he continued, adding, "it will always be wrong to use anti-Semitism as a political weapon, always."
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