Dem Leaders Rebuke Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks by Rep. Omar

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"Speaker Pelosi and Democratic leaders in the House need to stop attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar", wrote CREDO Action co-director Heidi Hess.

The Democratic leadership began crafting the resolution after Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, said last week that Israel supporters are pushing United States lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country".

Greenblatt acknowledged the display of hate against Omar but said it was not an excuse to "rationalize anti-Semitism".

Omar responded to Lowey on Twitter by saying she "should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee".

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized other Democrats and pushed back against party leaders over their efforts to rebuke fellow freshman Rep.

Omar and Tlaib are both supporters of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates isolating the Jewish state over its treatment of Palestinians and is inspired by global advocacy against apartheid-era South Africa.

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country", Omar said at a town hall in Washington D.C. last Wednesday. But last week, Omar said at a Washington bookstore that she worries that everything she says about Israel would be construed as anti-Semitic.

"This rhetoric is reminiscent of other hurtful episodes in our history, including when President John F. Kennedy's loyalty was called into question simply because he was Irish Catholic". Last month she implied on Twitter that lawmakers' support for Israel was driven by campaign donations from the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a prominent and influential pro-Israel group.

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That prompted the House to add Republican-offered language to a recent measure on the "importance of combating anti-Semitism". She apologized following some outrage, but her apology was deemed not apologetic enough. While Omar grinned, Jayapal looked uncomfortable, and it seemed like she realized it was an inappropriate comment.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, declined to comment. "Ilhan-Omar-to-911-sparks-outrage-injuries-in-W.Va. -state-capitol"> including the posting of a sign at the West Virginia state capitol linking her to the 9/11 attacks.

The latest controversy comes as Omar was the subject of an Islamophobic attack in West Virginia's state house where a poster on display for a Republican Party event linked the congresswoman to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Omar and Tlaib are part of a wave of progressive women of colour who won Democratic seats in November's mid-term elections. While Democrats have called out Republicans for racism and Islamophobia over their attacks on Omar, that has done little to resolve the Israel controversy within the party.

That split has helped drive the response to Omar's latest remarks.

Rep. Eliot Engel of NY and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, called Friday for Ms. Omar to retract and apologize for the "vile anti-Semitic slur", referring to the dual-loyalty charge.

Jayapal owes her constituents, especially her Jewish ones like me, an explanation as to why she's comfortable working so closely with a woman who constantly uses anti-Semitic tropes to criticize Jews or Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit that tracks and exposes anti-Semitism, wrote a letter to Pelosi on Monday requesting a House resolution to reject what the organization called Omar's "latest slur".

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