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Protesters rally outside event where congresswoman speaks

March 24, 2019 GMT
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Sarah Jacobus, right, of Los Angeles, with the Jewish Voice for Peach, demonstrates on the opposite side of the street where protesters against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., gather in front of the Hilton Woodland Hills in Canoga Park, Calif., Saturday, March 23, 2019. Hundreds of protesters rallied outside an event where the congresswoman spoke to a Muslim-American civil rights group. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via AP)
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Sarah Jacobus, right, of Los Angeles, with the Jewish Voice for Peach, demonstrates on the opposite side of the street where protesters against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., gather in front of the Hilton Woodland Hills in Canoga Park, Calif., Saturday, March 23, 2019. Hundreds of protesters rallied outside an event where the congresswoman spoke to a Muslim-American civil rights group. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via AP)

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters rallied outside an event where a congresswoman spoke to a Muslim-American civil rights group.

The demonstrators were protesting the presence Saturday of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota at the fundraising event for the Council of American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles.

Omar has drawn criticism for her recent remarks on Israel, including comments that American supporters of Israel are pushing people to have “allegiance to a foreign country.” Omar later apologized, saying “anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the protesters lined a sidewalk area outside the Hilton hotel in Woodland Hills, waving Israeli flags. A smaller group of counter-protesters held up signs in support of Omar.