A handful of House Republican members put forward a resolution on March 18 that condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) “anti-Semitic comments.”
The resolution, authored by Reps. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), highlighted her 2012 “Israel has hypnotized the world” tweet, her February tweet suggesting that AIPAC buys off political influence and her Feb. 27 statement that Israel supporters “push for the allegiance to a foreign country” as examples of her anti-Semitic comments.
“Accusing Jewish people of being more loyal to Israel or to the Jewish community than to the United States constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens cannot be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, when Jewish citizens have loyally served our nation every day since its founding, whether in public or community life or military service,” the resolution states.
The resolution also says that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) March 7 resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry was insufficient because it “failed to primarily and directly address Representative Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks in a resolution that should have been specifically about anti-Semitism so as to address the rising threat thereof.”
“Therefore, be it resolved that the House of Representative directly disapproves the anti-Semitic comments made by Representative Omar; rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance; condemns anti-Semitic acts and statements as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States; and seeks to ensure that the United States will live up to the transcendent principles of tolerance, religious freedom, and equal protection as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the First and 14thAmendments to the Constitution,” the resolution concludes.
Rep. Omar’s office did not respond to the Journal’s request for comment as of publication time.
The full resolution can be read here.