Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) is warning public officials amid the backlash to Rep. Ilham Omar’s (D-Minn.) recent tweets about Israel, which prompted allegations…
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) is warning public officials amid the backlash to Rep. Ilham Omar’s (D-Minn.) recent tweets about Israel, which prompted allegations of anti-Semitism, saying criticism of the U. S. ally is “legitimate” but should be handled carefully.
“It’s perfectly legitimate to criticize Israel or criticize the pro-Israeli lobby. Just please be careful to do it in a way that can’t be interpreted as being anti-Semitic,” Himes said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”
Himes said officials should feel comfortable giving their opinions on issues but that discussion of Israel requires particular care, given its past and the history of anti-Semitism.

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