Democratic Reps. Nita Lowey and Ilhan Omar. Photos: Zach Gibson; Alex Wong via GettyImages

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has again come under fire for her comments about Israel, after telling Rep. Nita Lowey — who criticized the use of "anti-Semitic tropes that accuse Jews of dual loyalty" — that she "should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country."

The backdrop: Omar “unequivocally" apologized last month for using an anti-Semitic trope while arguing that political support for Israel is based on campaign donations from pro-Israel lobbying groups. At an event on Wednesday, she suggested that lawmakers and activists who support Israel hold “allegiance to a foreign country," the Jewish Insider reported. It prompted House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) to demand she again apologize for "invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur."

What they're saying: In a tweet thread, Omar said that she is constantly told she is "anti-American" if she is not pro-Israel. She argued that being opposed to the government of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic, and said she's "grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same."

  • Lowey responded: "No member of Congress is asked to swear allegiance to another country. Throughout history, Jews have been accused of dual loyalty, leading to discrimination and violence, which is why these accusations are so hurtful."

Go deeper

Mike Allen, author of AM
3 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump sees court fight as virus respite

Spotted at Trump's rally last night at Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pa. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

At a rally in Pennsylvania last night, President Trump basked in adulation for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and said: "She should be running for president!"

Why it matters: She might as well be. The Trump campaign is thrilled to be talking about something besides the president's handling of COVID, and is going all-in to amp up the court conversation.

Mike Allen, author of AM
4 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats feel boxed in on strategy for Barrett confirmation fight

Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

Democrats privately fear that going too hard on Judge Amy Coney Barrett in her confirmation hearings could wind up backfiring, if senators are perceived as being nasty to an accomplished woman.

Driving the news: Yesterday afternoon, NBC posted video of Coney Barrett outside her house in South Bend, Ind., loading four of her seven children — two of the seven adopted from Haiti, and another with Down Syndrome — into her Honda Odyssey minivan, then driving them all to her Air Force ride to Washington. "Good luck, Democrats," a Republican tweeted.

Updated 56 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 32,881,747 — Total deaths: 994,821 — Total recoveries: 22,758,171Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 7,079,909 — Total deaths: 204,503 — Total recoveries: 2,750,459 — Total tests: 100,492,536Map.
  3. States: New York daily cases top 1,000 for first time since June — U.S. reports over 55,000 new coronavirus cases.
  4. Health: The long-term pain of the mental health pandemicFewer than 10% of Americans have coronavirus antibodies.
  5. Business: Millions start new businesses in time of coronavirus.
  6. Education: Summer college enrollment offers a glimpse of COVID-19's effect.