Sanders spokeswoman apologizes for alleged anti-Semitic remark

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"In a conversation on Facebook, I used some language that I see now was insensitive".

A spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has apologized after asking whether the "American-Jewish community has a dual allegiance to the state of Israel" - a comment condemned by Jewish leaders as anti-Semitic.

Minnesota Democrats are looking to remove Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from office after she called out the Israel lobby on its influence in USA politics.

When asked by another Facebook user if her boss, who is Jewish, has "dual loyalty", she replied, "I think I would probably have to ask him?"

There's definitely some buzz going around about it, but it's more a buzz of is anyone talking about finding someone to run against her than it is anyone saying they're going to run against her or contemplate it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Omar to apologise.

In February, Omar came under fire for tweets in which she criticised the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) over elected United States officials - from both Democrats and Republicans.

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Last week, the House passed a bipartisan resolution condemning hate speech in the wake of Omar's comments.

Omar, over the course of a few weeks of being confronted over several statements, has apologized and defended herself.

The anti-Zionist obsession that Rep. Omar now brings to the halls of Congress aims to strip these six and a half million people from sovereignty and abandon them, stateless, to the mercy of genocidal neighbors.

But she's also continued to employ controversial rhetoric when discussing Israel, American foreign policy and lobbying. The segment devolved into a series of whataboutisms as Bee attempted to paint Trump - whose own daughter and grandchildren are Jewish, and who moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem - as anti-Semitic for comments he made while speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015. "We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel", the Vermont independent said. But Hunegs said Omar didn't care.

Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren also posed similar concerns, with Harris expressing her worry "that the spotlight being put on (Omar) may put her at risk".

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