US House Democats delay anti-Semitic resolution amid pressure

US House Democats delay anti-Semitic resolution amid pressure

US House Democats delay anti-Semitic resolution amid pressure

"Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it's inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!"

On Wednesday, asked by a reporter about comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that have widely been interpreted as anti-Semitic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has assiduously avoided the idea of taking Omar off of the House Foreign Affairs committee, answered that she did not think Omar's comments were "intentionally anti-Semitic". Initially the measure targeted only anti-Semitism, with some Democrats pushing for a direct rebuke of Omar, but by Tuesday night - facing backlash from members not on board with the plan - leaders chose to expand it to include anti-Muslim bias. You can read that resolution here are eight paragraphs on the concept of "dual loyalty" representing a specific shot at Omar-or, more accurately, a specific shot at something Omar never actually said.

The original plan was to quell the latest uproar with a vote Wednesday on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism. Several other new members, including Reps. Note that the chairwomen of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus have apparently gone on record as saying they won't support any Dem resolution that singles out Omar specifically for criticism, even though some Jewish Democrats have requested that. "What we're against is hate, prejudice, bigotry, white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism".

"I don't think she's anti-Semitic", Hoyer said of Omar.

"There are ongoing discussions with all the stakeholders in the House Democratic Caucus as to the appropriate way to proceed", said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the chairman of the caucus.

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"It should not be tough to stand up against this type of talk", McCarthy said, noting that the House adopted GOP-proposed language condemning anti-Semitism last month after a previous controversy involving Omar.

"When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I nearly chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out", she said.

She said that Omar was "under a microscope" for comments that her Republican colleagues have not faced when they make similar remarks. One person in the room quoted the speaker as saying the leaders had tried to increase communication so that members stay united and have "a clearer understanding of what our goal is as a caucus, how we proceed". Unlike the first time, when she apologized for a tweet widely viewed that way, Omar has been defending her right to criticize Israel. I listened to the speaker, I heard the words that she said to her conference on how tough votes on the floor. Omar added in her tweet.

This evoked condemnation from both parties and from outside groups, including ones in the pro-Israel community.

Sarsour was joined by some in Congress, such as anti-Semitic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and high-profile socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., who tweeted support for their embattled colleague. To question someone's loyalty because they're Jewish, I think, is awful.

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