Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Ilhan Omar-inspired anti-Semitism resolution to condemn Islamophobia, too

Ilhan Omar-inspired anti-Semitism resolution to condemn Islamophobia, too

House Democrats introduced a resolution Monday evening on the heels of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's (Minn.) latest anti-Israel remarks.

Omar has been sparring on Twitter with both Republicans and fellow Democrats, including Representative Nita Lowey of NY, over her remarks about Israel's government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country", Omar said at a town hall in Washington D.C. last Wednesday.

Earlier Monday, ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter to Pelosi pushing for the passage of such a resolution in the wake of Omar's comments.

The debate within the caucus was described by three Democratic aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

"Instead of throwing her under the bus", Hess added, "Democratic leadership should have Rep. Omar's back in pushing back against increasingly unsafe attacks and threats from the far right".

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish and chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on which Omar sits, rebuked Omar and demanded she apologize. "She accuses them of dual loyalty ..." "I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel". She used language that, to many ears, evoked a longtime trope about American Jews having divided loyalties.

Omar wrote that President Trump and Republicans in Congress have been sharply critical of her and that they question her "Americanness" on a daily basis; the Minnesota representative said that her colleagues have been silent in the face of the attacks against her.

In response, Democrats drafted a resolution denouncing anti-Semitism.

Omar has been accused of anti-Semitism in recent days for perpetuating tropes against Jewish people in her condemnations of the Israeli government.

President Donald Trump says Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's newest remarks about Israel mark a "dark day" for the Jewish state. Here's the truth: The whole goal of the Democrats' resolution is to enforce dual loyalty not among Jews, but among members of Congress, to make sure that criticism of Israel is punished in the most visible way possible.

Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed, describing Omar's criticisms as "repeated misunderstandings" that were "hurtful". Engel has not called for Omar's removal from his panel, as some House Republicans have done. "I think she should resign from Congress, frankly, but at a minimum she shouldn't be on committees, certainly that committee". As it happens, this punishment of criticism of Israel is exactly what she was complaining about, and has on multiple occasions.

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a former Democratic Party chairwoman, also weighed in: "Dialogue leads to understanding. The American Jewish community is diverse, and includes huge constituencies for liberal centrist "J street" & progressive "Jewish Voice for Peace" & "If Not Now", all of whom object to varying degrees to Israel's brutal military occupation of Palestine".

Rep. Ilhan Omar told a Jewish congresswoman Sunday that their constituents didn't elect either woman to have allegiance to a foreign country.

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