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Dem lawmaker on Omar tweet: Be careful about how you discuss sensitive issues


Added 02-11-19 10:57:01am EST - “Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)? is? warning public officials amid the backlash to Rep.? Ilham Omar's (D-Minn.) recent tweets about Israel, which prompted allegations of anti-Semitism, saying criticism of? the U.S.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Dem lawmaker on Omar tweet: Be careful about how you discuss sensitive issues”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDems seize on Trump feud with intelligence leaders Meghan McCain on Ocasio-Cortez: She is 'just like Trump on Twitter' Ocasio-Cortez to host session for Dems on how to effectively use social media MORE (D-Conn.) is warning public officials amid the backlash to Rep. Ilham Omar's (D-Minn.) recent tweets about Israel, which prompted allegations of anti-Semitism, saying criticism of the U.S. ally is "legitimate," but should be handled carefully.

"It’s perfectly legitimate to criticize Israel or criticize the pro-Israeli lobby. Just please be careful to do it in a way that can’t be interpreted as being anti-Semitic," Himes said Monday on CNN's "New Day."

Himes said officials should feel comfortable giving their opinions on issues, but that discussion of Israel requires particular care, given its past and the history of anti-Semitism.

"I think this is really a good example of the need for all of us to be very, very specific about what it is we are saying so that we don’t come off as being anti-Semitic, as being racist, as being bigoted," he said.

"People in public office should feel comfortable opining on things," says Rep. @jahimes on Rep. Omar's tweet on Israel."It's perfectly legitimate to criticize Israel... Please be careful to do it in a way that can't be interpreted as being anti-Semitic." https://t.co/7fJFB0WvAB pic.twitter.com/TJ0vULkbXs

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