Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Dems will include condemnation of anti-Muslim rhetoric in resolution

Dems will include condemnation of anti-Muslim rhetoric in resolution

Her latest remarks stem from an appearance at a Washington bookstore last week.

Omar apologized in January for a 2012 tweet in which she said Israel had "hypnotized the world" and apologized again last month after suggesting on Twitter that Israel's supporters were motivated by campaign contributions.

This will be the second time that the entire House is called to vote on legislation related to remarks made by Omar.

Members of the House GOP, meanwhile, are pushing to strip Omar of her committee assignments and may introduce a resolution to that effect on Wednesday.

Dave Zirin, a journalist for the leftist outlet The Nation, defended Omar in response to another writer who falsely criticised the lawmaker for not going after Saudi Arabia with the same tenacity.

But Wednesday's resolution is significant, with Democratic leaders moving to address a controversy - albeit indirectly - from within their own party.

Ilhan Omar is facing scrutiny after her latest comments arguing that she should not have to "pledge allegiance" or support to Israel in order to serve in the United States Congress. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, who is Jewish, pushed for the congresswoman to apologize. As I put it in a column for City Journal even before the Fifth District primary that brought us Omar a year ago, Omar raises in acute form a question for Democrats. "Additionally, questioning support of the U.S. -Israel relationship is unacceptable".

The number three Republican in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), took to Twitter as well, calling a magazine cover featuring Omar alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "disgraceful and immoral".

"Speaker Pelosi, you demonstrated wisdom and leadership in rebuking Rep. Omar on February 11 following her use of antisemitic stereotypes, and Chairman Engel, your reaction to the classic antisemitic trope of the charge of "dual loyalty" about American Jews, that Rep. Omar uttered this weekend at a Washington establishment, was highly appropriate, and we applaud you both for that", they said.

'Plenty of Dem members have asserted that discussion + debate on this issue is fair and merited'.

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.

The resolution being drafted by Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., and others, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, both of NY, would address anti-Semitism and combat the false allegations of dual loyalty.

To be clear, I do this as someone who was raised in an intensely Zionist family with a long history of devotion and sacrifice for Israel, but who also, like many American Jews, has become increasingly dismayed not only by developments in Israel but by how we talk about it here in America.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is beginning to face pressure to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, largely from Jewish advocacy groups such as AIPAC. President Trump tweeted it was a "dark day" for the Jewish state after the statement. While Omar grinned, Jayapal looked uncomfortable, and it seemed like she realized it was an inappropriate comment.

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