Democrats clash over anti-Semitism resolution in response to Omar comments

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Leading House Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi plan to offer a resolution Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism in response to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's latest remarks on Israel.

The remarks have exploded into a larger debate over how Congress should respond to individual racial and religious grievances.

House Democrats blew up at each other Wednesday over intra-party attacks and a proposed resolution viewed as a rebuke to Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) latest anti-Semitic remarks, exposing a divide in the caucus. Eventually, reading the tea leaves, those same Democrats who were so eager to pass the resolution chose to delay it.

The poster with a picture of the twin towers burning and Omar's face in front of it, said: "I am the proof you have forgotten". Rep. Juan Vargas (D., Calif.) was blistered by fellow Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) after tweeting his displeasure with Omar for her questioning of the U.S. -Israel alliance. Unlike her previous comments about the Jewish state, Omar is not apologizing for that remark, and progressives are supporting her.

Sanders' vague statement did not explicitly lump in Omar's recent comments with "legitimate criticism", but he has provided no clarity on the statements themselves - so far failing to condemn her repeated use of antisemitic tropes like dual loyalty or Israeli control of USA politicians.

"We need to have equity in our outrage", said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), calling the matter a "distraction".

They also said a draft resolution would be updated to include additional language rejecting anti-Muslim bias, although some Democratic sources believe that an entirely new document might be crafted...

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"When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I nearly chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out", she said.

She said while anti-Semitism was on the rise in the US, Omar "said nothing that was anti-Semitic".

"It's the 21st century, and the fact that we have to put a resolution on the floor and spell out for people what anti-Semitism means is pretty outrageous", said Florida Democratic Rep.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday there may not be a vote this week on any resolution. One person in the room quoted the speaker as saying the leaders had tried to increase communication so that members stay united and have "a clearer understanding of what our goal is as a caucus, how we proceed".

The Post reported that at one point during the meeting, Pelosi ally Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) pleaded: "Everyone stop tweeting!"

"She could have come down the hall and asked me what my opinion is". I think this is a time of testing for the House of Representatives.

Chamberlain added that if Democrats are serious about standing up to hate, they should do so with a resolution that "condemns antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-black racism, xenophobia, as well as the disgusting physical and verbal threats that Rep. Omar herself has faced in recent weeks". "It's something that we shouldn't question at all".

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