House Resolution Condemns Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia After Omar Controversy

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a House Education and Labor Committee Markup on the H.R. 582 Raise The Wage Act, in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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After a week of tumult and tension, House Democrats have released a resolution condemning both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The work is a careful compromise after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) controversial comments about Israel supporters drew charges of anti-Semitism, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push for a resolution condemning anti-Semitism was met with blowback from progressive and black Democrats furious that it singled out Omar while ignoring other forms of hatred.

The resolution condemns both “anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States” and “anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”

It will likely fail to please some on both sides of the fight — some Jewish Democratic members have expressed frustration that the newer versions were watered down. But it could help Democrats move past a nasty and divisive episode once they vote on the resolution Thursday afternoon.

Read the full resolution below:

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