What Happened?

It began when Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, claimed he would take action and was outspokenly frustrated with Democratic leaders’ refusal to rebuke progressive freshmen for what he views as anti-Semitic remarks. He criticized Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, both Muslim, for their support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli government. In response, Omar released a tweet quoting “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby”. When an editor at a Jewish publication, The Forward, asked who the Congresswoman thought is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, she responded, “AIPAC!” in reference to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the United States’ most prominent pro-Israel lobby.