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Obama’s Ambassador to Israel Condemns Ilhan Omar’s ‘Vile’ Anti-Semitism

Incoming Rep. Ilhan Omar attends a House of Representatives member-elect welcome briefing on Capitol Hill, November 15, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Dan Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Obama, condemned Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D., Minn.) apparent endorsement of anti-Semitic tropes in a series of Monday morning tweets.

Omar, who became the first Somali-American elected to congress in November, attributed Republican support of Israel to the nefarious influence of wealthy pro-Israel donors and organizations such as the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Shapiro, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2011 to 2017, joined the bipartisan chorus of condemnation leveled at Omar in the hours following her tweet.

Citing the multiple occasions in which Omar has appeared to endorse anti-semitic positions and groups like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Shapiro argued the freshman lawmaker has isolated herself and, as a result, will be unable to meaningfully contribute to the ongoing middle east policy discussion in Washington.

Omar, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has faced bipartisan condemnation on multiple occasions since taking office for disseminating anti-semitic conspiracies online. Shapiro was joined in condemning Omar by Chelsea Clinton, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, and Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas).

Omar, amid the wave of backlash on Twitter Sunday, retweeted and then immediately deleted, a critical tweet directed at her by historian Joshua Zeitz.

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