US House Passes Anti-Hate Resolution After Lawmaker Criticizes AIPAC’s Influence

US House Democrats Struggling over Rebuke to Lawmaker for Israel Comments

She continued, "And you know being able to mobilize progressive leaders across the country to sign on to a letter to organize a press conference in support of Ilhan Omar to call on the Democratic leadership to actually expand the language of the resolution to include condemning all forms of bigotry because that's the kind of movement we're apart of".

"For the president, who when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville in front of a synagogue and said "burn it down" and he said "both sides" are to blame, this is a new divisive low", the Democrat from NY, who is Jewish, wrote on Facebook.

"I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgrace", Trump said, "because the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party, and I thought that vote was a disgrace and so did everybody else if you get an honest answer". GOP lawmakers wanted the resolution to specifically focus on anti-Semitism and on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Omar told Democratic House leadership earlier in the week that she was prepared to vote in favor of a resolution created to condemn her own remarks on Israel, two senior congressional aides told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Opposing votes came exclusively from Republicans angered by the omission of a condemnation of Omar's comments.

"I think it's' important as a teaching tool", Larson said.




"If [Omar] was a Republican, that member's name would be in this resolution and this resolution would be all about condemning antisemitism and it would be done so forcefully", Zeldin said in a fiery House floor speech.

"[There is] nothing remotely controversial about what [the] congresswoman tweeted", Cohen told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear last month. Omar, a Somali refugee who resettled in Minnesota, had sparked fiery debate with her repeated criticisms of Israel and how a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington exerts influence on U.S. politicians.

"To criticize (Israeli Prime Minister) Bibi Netanyahu does not make you anti-Semitic", said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the co-sponsor of the resolution, who is Jewish.

Trump proclaims himself as Israel's closest ally, having moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and forged a close alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2019. "Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it's inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!"

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