Rep. Omar should be ashamed of comments

Rep. Omar should be ashamed of comments

Rep. Omar should be ashamed of comments

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark on Monday issued a joint statement condemning the Congresswoman's anti-Semitic comments. "We support Israel's right to exist". They said "Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned", they declared that they are "and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress", they acknowledged that "legitimate criticism of Israel's policies is protected by the values of free speech", and they called on Omar "to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments".

President Trump has called on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to resign after she made comments on social media that were criticized as "anti-Semitic" by lawmakers from both parties, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The call for Omar's resignation came after Trump said Monday the Minnesota Democrat "should be ashamed of herself".

Omar was also on the record implying that Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that called Israel "Jewish ISIS".

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress".

He noted that he was at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and he witnessed many in the crowd boo the idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

AIPAC responded Sunday night: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship". Which followed a self-congratulatory tweet declaring: "The defiance of Democratic senators and the open criticism from Omar are signs that the fear the lobby instilled is waning as the base of the Democratic Party becomes more supportive of Palestinian rights".

Then she used all of the faux integrity with which she hoped those two paragraphs endowed her to deliver the real punch: "At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry". Omar said she was discussing the Israeli regime within the context of the Gaza War.

Omar is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Trump himself drew widespread criticism from Jewish groups and others after saying "both sides" were to blame after a 2017 Charlottesville rally where white supremacists carried Nazi flags and shouted anti-Semitic slogans, facing off with counter-protesters. She was referencing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person and are meant to "educate political leaders and influencers about the importance of the US - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences".

The New York congresswoman also received backlash after she expressed gratitude for her correspondence with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of U.K.'s Labour Party. "We know that numerous attacks against her are created to discredit a new generation of political leaders who are opposed to the Netanyahu government's racist policies", wrote IfNotNow, an American Jewish activist group that opposes the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar supported the Middle East bill, while her potential presidential rivals - Sens.

Among the yellow notes of support posted on Omar's office nameplate on Capitol Hill on Monday was one that read, "Mazel Tov".

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