Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

The former Somali refugee was heavily criticized for suggesting supporters of Israel were urging lawmakers to have "allegiance to a foreign country".

The resolution was prompted by comments from Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, an American refugee of Somali background, after she said she was being pressured to pledge "allegiance" to Israel.

Blackwell pointed out that Republicans "have said "nobody knows what's in President Trump's heart" and you have said 'I don't know what's in his heart but I know what comes out of his mouth.' Are we not judging them by different scales here?"

On Thursday, Pelosi helped push through a House resolution aimed at condemning "hate" with the support of Omar and other Democrats in Congress.

"We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism and white supremacy", Omar, who has repeatedly denied accusations linking her to anti-Semitism, said in a joint statement with representatives Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson.

Schumer says that President Donald Trump calling the Democratic Party the "anti-Israel, anti-Jewish party" has "redefined chutzpah".

However, prominent Democratic legislators came to Omar's defense, after her most recent comment about pro-Israel activists.

The debate made clear that Democrats' growing diversity in Congress - in ethnicity, religion, gender, age and ideology - has created new challenges for the party. "Our nation is having a hard conversation".

Some Democrats complain Omar's comments on Israel ignited this debate but Trump's racially charged rhetoric has led to no similar congressional action.

Republicans generally joined in the favorable vote, though almost two-dozen opposed the measure, one calling it a "sham". The Anti-Defamation League said it was "pleased the House of Representatives took a firm stance against anti-Semitism, including making an explicit statement rejecting the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and other vile slurs that have been used to persecute Jews for centuries". "I apparently am giving Rep. Omar more credit than the speaker is because I don't believe she is naive".

Other prominent Jewish groups, however, welcomed the resolution.

As president, Trump sparked a firestorm by saying there were "very fine people on both sides" at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where demonstrators chanted "Jews will not replace us".

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