Trump brands Democrats an 'anti-Jewish' party

11 March, 2019, 00:35 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Ilhan Omar

To head off a political firestorm that threatened to derail the Democratic agenda, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

Most recently, she made a series of comments invoking the anti-Semitic trope that American Jews are suspect due to dual loyalty to Israel, in addition to posting on Twitter that the main -Israel lobby AIPAC pays off elected officials to support the Jewish state.

The allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Ilhan Omar have no precedent in Congress.

"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.

This was the least of the drawbacks with the resolution, which was inspired by Omar's statement: "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country". No, Omar, Tlaib and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez have made themselves suspect due to their crude approach to criticizing Israel and its American supporters.

"I don't think that the congresswoman, perhaps, appreciates the full weight of how it was heard by other people", Pelosi said. The Anti-Defamation League said it had "obvious antisemitic overtones".

"Rep. Omar's comments were wrong and she has proven multiple times that she embodies a vile, hate-filled, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry", Cheney said. "I find that to be problematic and I am not alone", Omar tweeted. Omar, a Somali refugee who resettled in Minnesota, had sparked fiery debate with her repeated criticisms of Israel and how a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington exerts influence on USA politicians.

Trump proclaims himself as Israel's closest ally, having moved the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and forged a close alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pocan, who is co-chair of the House's LGBT Equality Caucus, recalled leading a delegation of five members of Congress two years ago to East Jerusalem and the West Bank's Ramallah and Hebron, the latter of which was the scene of the 1929 massacre of 67 Jews.

"She's not off the hook herself", Gold said while noting the possibility that "this might be a change, and I would love to see that".

"She in 2017 went on a trip to Israel, and we have a picture of her smiling with [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu that he tweeted out", she said, "a war criminal who has just built an alliance with the Jewish KKK, which Kamala has not condemned".

Democrats argued with one another last Wednesday over the resolution's language.

"We know that when people get backed into a corner... they get uglier and uglier", she warned. "Even if you gave [Omar] every benefit of the doubt, that she had no idea what she was doing, why now wouldn't she be apologizing?" "We need to stay vigilant".



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