US House Passes Anti-Hate Resolution After Lawmaker Criticizes AIPAC’s Influence

10 March, 2019, 22:41 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • US House Democrats Struggling over Rebuke to Lawmaker for Israel Comments

"I probably don't agree with her a lot about what she feels about Israel and Palestine, but I don't know why this has to be seen as anti-Semitic", Maher said at the time.

"For the president, who when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville in front of a synagogue and said "burn it down" and he said "both sides" are to blame, this is a new divisive low", the Democrat from NY, who is Jewish, wrote on Facebook.

lIhan Omar's anti-Semitic comments, President Donald Trump told reporters Friday the Democrats have become an "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish" party.

The resolution was originally meant to deliver a direct rebuke of anti-Semitism following comments by a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive by many colleagues.

The resolution, which made no mention of Omar, ultimately passed 407 to 23.

The original resolution focused more on denouncing anti-Semitism but morphed into a resolution condemning various other forms of bigotry against minorities in the U.S.

It was the Democratic leader's latest attempt to quell tension that erupted earlier this month when Omar said she wanted to start a discussion about "allegiance to a foreign country" in reference to Israel.

US House Democrats Struggling over Rebuke to Lawmaker for Israel Comments
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The debate made clear that Democrats' growing diversity in Congress - in ethnicity, religion, gender, age and ideology - has created new challenges for the party.

However, prominent Democratic legislators came to Omar's defense, after her most recent comment about pro-Israel activists. "Our nation is having a hard conversation".

"Because Trump has a 50-year history of not just comments but of policies that are out-and-out racist".

The Women's March co-founder attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last Tuesday for initially allowing the anti-Semitism resolution, saying in a Facebook post, "Nancy is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men".

"I don't think it watered down the anti-Semitic language at all, I think it strengthened it", Pelosi responded. The Anti-Defamation League said it had "obvious antisemitic overtones".

"What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate.

We only wish the president had learned from this resolution, which defines anti-Semitism to include anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories that he has repeatedly invoked himself", Soifer wrote.

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