US House to vote on anti-Semitism condemnation after Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks

US House to vote on anti-Semitism condemnation after Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks

US House to vote on anti-Semitism condemnation after Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks

The bond between the US 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".

"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", said Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., who has been involved in crafting the resolution.

But Democrats haven't joined the chorus of GOP calls for Omar's removal from the committee. Whether or not one appreciates Trump's Twitter contributions, they certainly do shine a light on the targets Trump chooses.

In the past she has claimed that Israel's relationship with the U.S. was "all about the Benjamins", which drew criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.

The freshman congresswoman stands accused of making continued anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks. He called her remarks "A dark day for Israel!" But they are mindful of how the increasingly aggressive criticism of Israeli government policy from Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and other liberals is creating tensions inside the Democratic caucus, where pro-Israel sentiment generally remains strong. "I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful", wrote Ms. Lowey.

Mutliple news organizations reported Tuesday evening, citing Democratic aides, that, in response to progressive concerns that Rep. Ilhan Omar was being unfairly singled out, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had made a decision to broaden the resolution.

Engel, who is Jewish, said in a statement on Friday Congress should deeply consider her remarks and added that it was "unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship". Omar's story was supposed to be the illustration of demographics as destiny: more than a third of residents in her congressional district, centered on Minneapolis, were "people of color", with the fastest-growing population being immigrants from Africa - namely Somalia - according to Minnesota Public Radio. A draft of the resolution specifically lays out anti-Semitic stereotypes like "accusing Jews of dual loyalty" as well as a condemnation of bigotry against Muslims in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Barely two months ago, Omar was celebrated as somewhat of a poster congresswoman: the first naturalized U.S. citizen from Africa, first Somali-American, first hijab-wearing Muslim and first minority woman to represent Minnesota in Congress.

Omar, who has retained the support of fellow freshman progressive Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI, immediately rebuffed the calls for her to retract her comments.

U.S. President Donald Trump also condemned Omar's remarks.

But Omar fought back against her fellow congresswoman, defending her comments in series of tweets.

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful to my Jewish allies and colleagues who are teaching me a lesson on painful history of anti-Semitic rhetoric", she said.

A spokesman for Omar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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