Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism "a dark day for Israel"


In some form, House leadership is determined to present a bill on the floor and is expected to do so as soon as this week, according to the report.

Omar has apologized for past statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic, but criticism against her was renewed when she suggested last week that American supporters of Israel have conflicted allegiances.

The Associated Press wrote similarly, reporting that the decision was announced in a meeting of leading Democrats late Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez, of NY, told her 3.4 million Twitter followers Tuesday that "no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities", mentioning an incident in which Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., shouted "Go back to Puerto Rico!" at Democrats during a floor debate this year. And Rep. Juan Vargas of California, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee with Omar, called questioning USA relations with Israel "unacceptable". 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 Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy a day ahead of the vote, calling it a "dark day" for Israel. But last week, Omar said at a Washington bookstore that she worries that everything she says about Israel would be construed as anti-Semitic.

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.

That prompted a fraught exchange on Twitter with Jewish members of the caucus who said her remarks recall the "dual loyalty" charge often leveled at Jews.

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The latest controversy comes as Omar was the subject of an Islamophobic attack in West Virginia's state house where a poster on display for a Republican Party event linked the congresswoman to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The resolution, which details the history and recent rise of anti-Semitism in the United States, does not name Omar specifically.

Resolutions are all well and good, but Speaker Pelosi is clearly afraid to stand up to Rep. Omar if she continues to reward her with a plum spot on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Tlaib and Omar became the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last November.

That's why Trump jumped into the fray overnight. "I hope my colleagues will join me in doing the same".

In a letter sent Monday, the petitioners demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel to act on their previous condemnations of Omar's antisemitism.

Omar has much more where that came from, but she has gotten under the skin of a few of her colleagues with that one.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

Jayapal owes her constituents, especially her Jewish ones like me, an explanation as to why she's comfortable working so closely with a woman who constantly uses anti-Semitic tropes to criticize Jews or Israel.