Jewish Press of Tampa

Progressive Jewish leaders condemn AIPAC for ads slamming ‘Squad’ members

(JTA) – Dozens of progressive Jewish leaders have signed a letter condemning the Israel lobby AIPAC for social media ads targeting Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other progressive Congress members known as “the Squad.”

J Street, a liberal Israel lobby and rival of AIPAC, spearheaded the letter.

In its ad about Omar, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said the Minnesota Democrat sees “no difference between America and the Taliban, between Israel and Hamas, between democracies and terrorists.” The ad references a tweet by Omar in June that mentioned “unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”

Omar later clarified that she was discussing cases before the International Criminal Court and wrote that she “was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”

The ad about Ocasio-Cortez said that by opposing an arms sale to Israel, the New York Democrat was “reward[ing] Hamas,” which governs Gaza and is labeled a terror group by the U.S. and others.

“AIPAC seems to be declaring war on progressive Democrats with incendiary ads falsely accusing Congresswomen of color of supporting terror & hate,” J Street tweeted about the ads.

Omar’s spokesperson, Jeremy Slevin, tweeted that the ads are “putting [her] life at risk.”

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