Ilhan Omar is right about the influence of the Israel lobby | Alex Kotch

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Following the Ilhan Omar controversy, it’s incredibly important to be able to decipher between real antisemitism and basic political facts

It’s important to remember how the controversy around Ilhan Omar, who Trump said should resign over tweets critical of a pro-Israel lobbying group, began. The first two Muslim congresswomen in the history of the United States – Ilhan Omar, a freshman representative from Minnesota and Somali refugee, and her fellow freshman representative Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American – have bravely criticized the Israeli government for its grotesque treatment of the Palestinian people.

Acknowledging this apartheid system is a dangerous thing for American elected officials to do. Just in 2016, when presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dared to say that “We are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity” it made waves.

Alex Kotch is a senior investigative reporter at Sludge, a news website focused on money-in-politics. Follow him on Twitter at @alexkotch

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