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

Minnie Murray
March 6, 2019

Asked by CNN's Erin Burnett on "Erin Burnett OutFront" whether he was considering stripping the Minnesota Democrat of her spot on the committee, a move that has largely been pushed by Republicans, Rep. Eliot Engel replied, "No, I'm not close to it". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

This week, Jayapal may be forced to go on the record, not in an interview but with a vote on a resolution.

The resolution is still being finalized, Politico reports.

"Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman!"

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.

"Questioning support for the U.S. -Israel relationship is unacceptable", Vargas wrote. GOP legislators have followed the lead of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), demanding she be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee and comparing her remarks to racist comments by Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, whose embrace of white supremacist rhetoric led to him being stripped of his committee assignments earlier this year. President Trump tweeted it was a "dark day" for the Jewish state after the statement.


"We hope you will continue to demonstrate your commitment to the high moral standards of your office by removing Rep. Omar, a woman who has repeatedly exhibited strong biases against the State of Israel and the Jewish people, from this critically important and sensitive committee", they continued. "I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful". She also was the target of an anti-Muslim poster that appeared last week at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, with her picture over an image of the World Trade Center's burning towers. Omar apologized for her remarks shortly after Democratic leaders requested that she do so. This of course includes Ilhan Omar. The senior Democrats have drafted a resolution that details the recent rise of anti-Semitism, though it doesn't specifically name Omar.

Omar, meanwhile, has received support from prominent progressive lawmakers, including Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Tlaib, who is the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress.

Omar and some of her defenders have pushed back against criticism on the right and left, alleging hypocrisy from members who have let homophobic or anti-black comments slide for decades. After the second incident she thanked "Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes".

Moreover, the resolution states that anti-Semitism includes "accusing Jews of dual loyalty because they support Israel, whether out of a religious connection, a commitment to Jewish self-determination after millennia of persecution, or an appreciation for shared values and interests, suggests that Jews can not be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors".

"The idea that certain members of Congress seemingly believe it is acceptable to use historic anti-Semitic tropes accusing Jews of dual loyalty, despite the broad condemnation of the entire House Democratic leadership, is beyond me", Gottheimer said.

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