Omar Israel : House Dems to Introduce Anti-Semitism Resolution in Response to Rep ,
House Democrats will vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to comments made
last week by Representative Ilhan Omar (D., N.Y.) that were deemed anti-Semitic by a number of prominent fellow Democrats.
It remains unclear whether the resolution, which was first reported by the Washington Post, will condemn Omar by name or just anti-Semitism in general.
The remarks drew the ire of two senior House Democrats from New York: Appropriations Committee chairwoman
Nita Lowey and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Elliot Engel.
“So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a
foreign country,” she later added .
“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to
Making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” Engel said in a statement on Friday.
Omar, who has retained the support of fellow freshman progressive Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of
New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, immediately rebuffed the calls for her to retract her comments.
A coalition of twelve Jewish organizations sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday urging her to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt also urged Pelosi to take action against Omar in a separate letter.