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Congressional Democrats Join GOP Lawmakers Against Rep. Ilhan Omar After Anti-Israel Comments

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House Democrats have called on congressional leaders to condemn controversial remarks made by Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggesting that Israeli money has influenced US politics, reports Politico.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) and Elaine Luria (Va.), who are both Jewish, are collecting signatures for a letter they plan to send to Democratic leaders expressing deep concern over “recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus, including just last night, that has disparaged us and called into question our loyalty to our nation.” The letter, which was obtained by POLITICO, is being circulated to Jewish Democrats. –Politico

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Omar suggested in a Sunday night tweet that America’s support of Israel is due to donations by pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC, after an earlier tweet responding to journalist Glenn Greenwald was interpreted as anti-Semitic.

Greenwald had slammed the GOP’s condemnation of Ilhan for embracing the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement, which claims Israel has “obligations under international law” to withdraw from occupied territories, remove the barrier in the West Bank, recognize Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel as equals, and advocates sanctioning Israel until this is achieved.

In response, Ilhan tweeted: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.

Rep. Omar’s defenders have insisted that she should be free to criticize Israel.

Gottheimer and Luria implored Congressional Democrats to ” join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti- Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes,” adding “In recent weeks, we have had conversations with multiple members of our Caucus who share our concerns about this rhetoric; we have also raised these concerns with Democratic leadership.”

“We must speak out when any Member – Democrat or Republican – uses harmful tropes and stereotypes, levels accusations of dual loyalty, or makes reckless statements like those yesterday,” they added.

Both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have been repeatedly attacked by the GOP for their critical views toward Israel and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which targets Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. But Omar’s latest tweet earned rebukes from members of her own party, including from freshman Reps. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) and Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.).

We hope that our Caucus will take swift action to address these issues in the coming days by reiterating our rejection of anti-Semitism and our continued support for the State of Israel,” Gottheimer and Luria said in the letter to leadership.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has threatened to take disciplinary action against Omar if Democratic leaders remain silent. One option under consideration, according to his office, is forcing a vote on a resolution from Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) condemning anti-Semitism.

GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) also called on Omar to lose her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. –Politico

Others accused Omar of breaking an election promise not to boycott Israel in addition to anti-Semitism.

Politico’s Jake Sherman weighed in, only to be promptly owned by his own pen.

Others, such as the Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel, notes that Omar has undermined her own cause with “glib tweets.”

via zerohedge

3 COMMENTS

  1. Why is this person even in this position? She has absolutely no interest in America. She and the others like her should have never been allowed to be in this position and needs to be removed. STOP the destruction of America

    • Not only is She this Stupid, they’re Cocky as hell because they all know their Cheating, Fraud & Corruption have gone without Any Punishments for their Crimes, so they’ve become more & more Emboldened, Empowered & Yes, Stupid. Look at the Scope of HYPOCRISY they continue to DARE Any to Call them out on..They Cheated their way through the Midterms, by all those “Found as Needed, Provisional BALLOTS”..those Not able to IN PERSON Vote..because Something did Not Match or be Verified..this is the Reason for the MILLIONS & MILLIONS continuing to MARCH into OUR Country since the Beginning of the Obummer Regime…this latest So-called DEAL of Bipartisan Committee? NO different than any other they’ve done..Hoping it’s NO DEAL…These Slick, SLIMY, Lying Phonies & TOTAL Hypocrites need to be Held Accountable for the past TEN year Long INVASION. Along with this Intentional Invasion, TRANSFORMATION Obummer Preached about, goes hand in hand with the Hundreds of Thousands if Not a MIL..of those HE Flew INTO Our Country Under the Cover of Darkness for 8 Long years then Bused them across Our States where masses were already Settled. Things like this..Omar & Rashida Are Same as Ellison & Many MORE…One Group was INVITED IN For the Transformation to Gradually Transform Our Culture, Our Rights, Laws & Sovereignty, the Other Group solely to Import a Huge Massive Very Obedient, Dependent as the Other Groups on Our SUPPORT, while They AID the DEM party & All their GROUPS of Socialists, Liberals, Progressives, Communists & of course, some still call themselves..Dems..Seriously, ALL Are Part of the Resistance, the Deep State & Shadow Government, all Aiding, Funding & Supporting, Organizing & Orchestrating OUR Downfall..Well, to them, Transformation from a Sovereign Free & Prosperous America to a GLOBAL –HOLE..with Open Borders, Open Societies & As it’s Always in those Global Messes, some PAY All the Bills while the Majority SUCKS the Life out of it & Adds to the Coming Higher Crimes & Drained Resources…Let’s Face it..Soon, We’ll be Those Needing SANCTUARIES!

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