In trouble Ilhan Omar tweets "Happy Easter"


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – US Rep. Ilhan Omar wished a "Happy Easter" to Jews celebrating the holiday in his home state of Minnesota and around the world.

Omar is a Somali American and one of the first Muslims elected to Congress. It has been criticized for comments in recent months about Israel, a Jewish influence in Washington and September 11 that have drawn accusations of anti-Semitism and insensitivity. She said that criticizing the Israeli government is not anti-Semitic.

On a tweet Friday, Omar said, "The history of Easter resonated and gave hope to so many Jewish families in times of oppression."

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She also gave a traditional Hebrew Easter greeting.

Omar said he has faced increasing death threats since President Donald Trump released a video that shows him making an indifferent comment about the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Prominent Democrats were championed by Omar after Trump's attack, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and hopeful President Bernie Sanders, though Sanders said Omar needed to do "a better job of speaking to the Jewish community."


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