She added: "I know that if we saw that in another society we would criticize it - we do that to Iran and any other place that upholds its religion".
Later responding to a criticism of the tweet, which many viewed as referencing an anti-Semitic trope about Jews buying political sway, Omar clarified that it was a criticism of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group.
Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration, harshly criticized Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar for saying that Jewish groups buy support for Congress to be pro-Israel, saying in a tweet that her comments are "a vile anti-Semitic trope [that] need to be condemned by all in our party". Last month, she acknowledged that she "unknowingly" used an anti-Semitic trope after a 2012 tweet surfaced in which she said, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".
Omar initially responded "It's all about the Benjamins baby" to a tweet about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) seeking action against her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib's (D-Mich.) anti-Israel statements. "I think it is actually exciting because we are finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to before", she told CNN.
"OF COURSE it's possible to critique AIPAC et al in a non-anti-Semitic way", Ungar-Sargon wrote.
AIPAC has issued the following statement: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S. -Israel relationship".
Even Chelsea Clinton accused Omar of anti-Semitism.
MI congresswoman Tlaib said on Saturday that she wanted to highlight "issues such as racism and Israel's violations of the Palestinians' human rights".
Clinton told a Twitter follower that she planned to try to talk to Omar about her comments, saying, "I also think we have to call out anti-Semitic language and tropes on all sides, particularly in our elected officials and particularly now".
Former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett told Omar on January 30 "We have your back!" after she claimed concerns about her being on the House Foreign Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations only related to her religion. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith.
Fox News reached out to Omar's office early Monday and did not get an immediate response. "I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you".