House Dems Will Vote On Resolution Addressing Omar’s Latest Remarks On Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol February 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi spoke on various topics... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol February 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi spoke on various topics, including the Government Funding and Border Security legislation. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 4, 2019 3:44 p.m.

House Democratic leaders are currently crafting a resolution condemning anti-semitism in response to comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) which have been criticized as anti-Semitic by some of her colleagues, Politico and The Hill reported Monday.

Staffers for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) are currently working on writing the resolution but leaders plan to vote on the resolution on Wednesday, according to The Hill.

Omar received backlash again over the weekend for commenting on pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country,” a remark seen as anti-Semitic by Omar’s Jewish colleagues. House Appropriations Committee chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is Jewish, called Omar’s comments a perpetuation of “offensive, painful stereotypes” about Jewish people. Engel called Omar’s remarks a “vile anti-Semitic slur.”

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Omar dug in on Twitter, arguing she was simply questioning the U.S.’s relationship with Israel.

Just weeks ago, Omar was called out by Democratic leadership and prompted to apologize after she published a tweet criticizing the influence of the powerful lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), another comment many found anti-Semitic.

Omar has not hidden her opposition to Israeli policies since before she was elected. She openly supports BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against the Israeli government and has been outspoken about the sway AIPAC has in Washington.

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