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Democrats in 2020 Race Rally Around Ilhan Omar Amid Anti-Semitism Flap

  • Presidential contenders defend her right to criticize Israel
  • Sanders, Warren, Harris, Gillibrand also condemn anti-Semitism

Four U.S. senators seeking the Democratic presidential nomination are rallying around first-term Representative Ilhan Omar amid a backlash over her remarks about Israel that sparked an acrimonious debate in the House this week.

Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand denounced anti-Semitism in separate statements Thursday, while also saying Omar was being unfairly targeted by those who want to muffle criticism of Israel’s policies.