House to vote on anti-Semitism resolution after latest comments by Ilhan Omar

House to vote on anti-Semitism resolution after latest comments by Ilhan Omar

The people who aren't rebuffing her are the "radicals in the Democratic Party", such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).

Rep. Nita Lowey leaves the House Democrats' caucus meeting in the Capitol Hill, Jan. 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. While Democrats have called out Republicans for racism and Islamophobia over their attacks on Omar, that has done little to resolve the Israel controversy within the party.

Democratic Rep. Eliot L. Engel, who heads the prestigious House Foreign Affairs Committee of which Omar is a member, said the Muslim congresswoman's words at town hall last week invoked a "vile anti-Semitic slur" suggesting it is a representation of disloyalty for United States citizens to support a foreign country like Israel. That effort passed 424-0, with two Republicans voting present and five lawmakers skipping the vote. This is apparently Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) way of trying to mollify tensions sparked as a result of the sundry paroxysms of Jew-hatred from freshman congresswomen chronic anti-Semites Reps. "She accuses American members of Congress - men and women, Jewish, Christian - she accuses them essentially of doing it for the money", Dershowitz said of Omar.

"Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman!"

Ocasio-Cortez wasn't alone in condemning the poster.

Most Democrats have not gone that far, but they did condemn Twitter posts she wrote last month suggesting lawmakers took pro-Israel stances because of political contributions from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Questioned about the resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R, said it was time for the country "to think again about anti-Semitism", and criticised Omar without mentioning her by name.

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Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, looks around from her seat on the floor of the Minnesota House as the 2017 Legislature convened at the State Capitol in St. Paul on January 3, 2017.

"I'm curious if Rep. Vargas will further explain his stance here that it's unacceptable to even *question* USA foreign policy", Ocasio-Cortez said.

According to critics, Omar's comments played into a long-standing attack that Jews can not be considered loyal citizens of their home countries - and they came after two previous occasions where Omar apologized for making comments with anti-Semitic overtones in the course of criticizing Israeli government policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Democrat Rep.

Mr. Engel said last week's episode is "especially disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype". Many of Progressive allies don't see her attacks as anti-Semitic because we're white and, as such, we're responsible for the world's problems. He's claiming more 100 cosponsors including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, and Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney.

Moreover, Omar now sits on the House Foreign Affairs committee, whose chair Eliot Engel (D-New York) also called her remarks a "vile anti-Semitic slur".

The bond between the USA and Israel are deep, he added, and he thinks Omar needs to get a better understanding of the relationship to understand why the two countries are "interlinked on so many issues". "I commend my colleagues who have spoken out against her unrelenting, unabashed anti-Semitic attacks".

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