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Ilhan Omar and a House Vote on Anti-Semitism
Mar 6, 2019 at 12:04 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Today, House Democrats will be voting on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to Representative Ilhan Omar’s latest remarks on Israel.
  • The declaration, written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, comes after Omar’s new comments this week suggesting American supporters of Israel are pushing people to have “allegiance to a foreign country.”
  • This marks the third time that Omar’s rhetoric regarding the U.S.-Israel relationship have elicited criticism and backlash.
  • The resolution does not rebuke Omar, but sets out the history of anti-Semitism and bigotry in America, including anti-Jewish tropes about divided loyalties.
  • A recent revision of the document also also rejects bigotry directed against Muslims after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Food For Thought

Is the House resolution condemning anti-Semitism the right response to the latest Ilhan Omar controversy? Do Omar’s remarks warrant more action, or is the criticism overblown?

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