AOC defends Omar, criticises Democrats over anti-Semitism resolution

AOC defends Omar, criticises Democrats over anti-Semitism resolution

AOC defends Omar, criticises Democrats over anti-Semitism resolution

- Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 5, 2019#StandWithIlhan please call your member of Congress and let them know that you support @Ilhan who is supporting justice and equality for all in Israel/Palestine and that criticism of Israel or AIPAC is not antisemitic. Not only is this resolution consequentially meaningless and without any tangible effects on the House of Representatives' day-to-day business, but its platitudinous and faceless decrying of various anti-Semitism myths actually undermines the very clarity that the resolution purports to seek.

A draft of the resolution does not rebuke Omar, a Somali-American and one of two Muslim women in Congress. Many of Progressive allies don't see her attacks as anti-Semitic because we're white and, as such, we're responsible for the world's problems.

Congresswoman Omar's detractors include fellow Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas, who said on Twitter that "questioning support for the US-Israel relationship is unacceptable".

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, the influential Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee that determines how the federal budget will be apportioned, called on Omar over the weekend to "retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful". Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee.

A dark day for the Democrats, surely.

Omar has apologized for past and more recent tweets that invoke anti-Semitic tropes, including one from 2012 in which she said Israel "hypnotized" the world, and another more recently in which she said that pro-Israel lobbyists pay off lawmakers for their support. Beinart pointed to the hypocrisy involved in pillorying Omar for criticizing AIPAC influence on USA politics while excusing Israel's ongoing lurch to the extreme right.

"Israel has and remains a stalwart ally of the United States because of our countries" shared interests and values.

Democrats are upset with Omar again after her comments during the Busboys and Poets event.

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"Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her awful comments concerning Israel".

The 29-year-old mixed-up the Afghanistan and Iraq wars when she responded to the criticism on Rep. Omar and compared it to shifting attitudes to U.S, involvement in foreign conflicts. "I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end", she wrote.

This evoked condemnation from both parties and from outside groups, including ones in the pro-Israel community. "We all take the same oath".

Responding to Vargas, Ocasio-Cortez aked why it was "unacceptable" to question USA foreign policy.

"Instead of throwing her under the bus", Hess added, "Democratic leadership should have Rep. Omar's back in pushing back against increasingly risky attacks and threats from the far right". Plenty of Dem members have asserted that discussion + debate on this issue is fair and merited.

Omar wrote that President Trump and Republicans in Congress have been sharply critical of her and that they question her "Americanness" on a daily basis; the Minnesota representative said that her colleagues have been silent in the face of the attacks against her.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and top Democrats will take floor action Wednesday to reprimand Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over statements the freshman congresswoman made about Israel that prompted allegations of anti-Semitism.

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