Omar Calls Resolution 'Great Progress': 'Our Nation Is Having A Difficult Conversation'

US House Democrats Struggling over Rebuke to Lawmaker for Israel Comments

Indeed, but calling out intentional bigotry is easy compared with the anti-Semitism that many critics perceived in remarks by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, remarks that left her fellow Democrats deeply divided over how best to respond to them.

The issue has caused a deep rift.

The final resolution, which made no mention of Omar, ultimately passed 407 to 23.

"I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel".

Other Republican lawmakers have defended their votes against the resolution, saying that though they condemn all forms of hate, the resolution was irrelevant because it doesn't specifically name Omar's comments. Republicans who voted against it complained it had been watered down.

I don't think she's a bigot but, as with other sensitive topics, its not hard to sound like one when you make strong criticisms in such touchy areas as USA policy toward Israel. "I find that to be problematic and I am not alone", Omar tweeted. Gold said the pressure for a resolution against Omar came from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), "which claims to be a civil rights organization while actually being involved in spying on activists in place like Ferguson [Missouri], is directly involved in Islamophobic trainings in cities and for police forces and is behind numerous times that United States police forces are sent over to Israel to train with the Israeli military".

Gold, who has been barred from entering Israel for her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement even though she is Jewish, said, "This was "such a clear attack... on the first black, Muslim congresswoman". A few Republicans who opposed the resolution said it should have only covered anti-Semitism.

Kamala Harris Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren defended Ilhan Omar
Kamala Harris Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are all running for president in the 2020 elections

The resolution also "acknowledges the unsafe consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes" and "rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States".

Trump proclaims himself as Israel's closest ally, having moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and forged a close alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"But that's okay", he went on.

But it's not hard to make legitimate criticism of Israeli politics sound like an attack against Israel and Jews in general, whether you want to or not. Let's not forget during the campaign he was retweeting memes that showed Hillary Clinton with a Star of David on the back drop of money.

"We only wish the president had learned from this resolution, which defines anti-Semitism to include anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories that he has repeatedly invoked himself", Soifer wrote.

Pew Research Center says that among Jewish voters in the 2018 midterms, 79 per cent supported Democratic candidates.

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