In February, Omar was accused of using an anti-Semitic stereotype to suggest that Jewish lobbying groups are buying political support. The lawmaker didn’t mention Omar or her controversy by name during his interview.
“It’s not that Israel can’t be criticized. It’s just, I know when things are anti-Semitic, being Jewish, I have a feeling … we all know it when we see it,” he said.
On Monday, Engel denied that his comments last week had been aimed at his Democratic colleagues and blasted the New York Post suggesting that they were.
“This is absolutely not true. I never once said a colleague ‘wasn’t my cup of tea.’ I wasn’t even asked about my colleagues. The NY Post should be ashamed of this phony story, which is only trying to sow discord,” he said.
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