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Ilhan Omar Spokesman: Anti-Semitism Is A ‘Right-Wing Force’

A spokesman for Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted that anti-Semitism is a “right-wing force,” in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week.

Jeremy Slevin, a spokesman for the Minnesota congresswoman, was criticized Wednesday after he wrote “Anti-semitism is a right-wing force” eight times on Twitter.

Many argued that Slevin was erasing Omar’s previous comments, which were viewed as anti-Semitic.

Slevin clarified that he “was referring to the United Stated (which I should have made clear).” In response to accusations that he himself is an anti-Semite, he shared his Jewish history on the social media platform.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at fisher@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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