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Pelosi Now BACKS Omar, Says Comments Were Not 'Intentionally Anti-Semitic'

Pelosi Now BACKS Omar, Says Comments Were Not 'Intentionally Anti-Semitic'

On Monday, she was met with a petition from a group of leading Jewish organizations to have her removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

A meeting of House Democrats turned contentious Wednesday as some new members who helped deliver the House majority confronted leaders over a resolution implicitly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her comments on Israel.

In recent weeks, Omar (D-Minn.) has drawn strong bipartisan criticism for her remarks about Israel and US support of the Jewish state. How are those comments being twisted?

"Let's have the a discussion about the xenophobia and the racism that's coming from the other side of the aisle and let's stop using the discussion of anti-Semitism as a way of avoiding a real discussion about policy towards Israel and Palestine and the issues that are actually on the table about occupation and the treatment of Palestinians", Ben-Ami told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday night.

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country", Omar said at an event last week.

Islamic supremacist and anti-Semitic activist Linda Sarsour, a leader of the Women's March, took to social media this week bashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a "white feminist upholding the patriarchy".

"It should not be tough to stand up against this type of talk", McCarthy said, noting that the House adopted GOP-proposed language condemning anti-Semitism last month after a previous controversy involving Omar.




But other Democrats thought that the resolution should be passed. We have said that before.

Democratic leaders are delaying a House vote on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism as the party inserts additional language that'll denounce other forms of bigotry.

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. But, she added, "for us to go out just because a member said something and put a resolution - I just don't see the value in that". "It doesn't start with one member out of 435 members of Congress". Democrats made a decision to add a provision also condemning anti-Muslim behavior, but it's not clear whether the measure will receive a floor vote. Several other new members, including Reps. "I don't know that that would do anything except exacerbate the situation even more". Eventually, reading the tea leaves, those same Democrats who were so eager to pass the resolution chose to delay it. So, Jewish Democrats, this is your party.

Omar, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was recently targeted in a poster displayed in the rotunda of the West Virginia statehouse Friday that linked the congresswoman to the September 11th Attacks.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), who is among the Jewish members involved in crafting the initial resolution, rose to defend the resolution and, according to one member present, grew emotional.

But progressive firebrands Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have come to Omar's defense.

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