As Democrats wrestled among themselves over the past week before taking a House vote to broadly condemn bigotry and hatred, I was reminded of what former President Barack Obama said in a fiery speech on the topic last fall. Sarsour in her video took credit for convincing House Democratic leadership for "expanding the language of the resolution to include condemning all forms of bigotry".
The resolution, which made no mention of Omar, ultimately passed 407 to 23. He's a supporter of Israel but a robust critic of AIPAC as "a rubber stamp on the right-wing policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" that, unfortunately, has helped turn support for Israel into a partisan Republican cause.
However, prominent Democratic legislators came to Omar's defense, after her most recent comment about pro-Israel activists. The first time was in response to tweets about Jewish money and influence on American politics.
I, too, was upset by Omar's remarks.
"Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress", they wrote. "The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party".
The debate comes amid a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. 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 USA police forces are sent over to Israel to train with the Israeli military".
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In the Senate, Warren continues to be an outspoken critic of Wall Street and is a leader of her party's progressive wing. The plan would pose existential threats to the business models that turned certain giant tech firms into money spigots.
In October a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest attack ever on Jews in America.
"Let's be honest, we are here today because of rhetoric said by one member or this chamber, again and again and again", said Rep. It is also anti-Semitic. As I have often written before, what you say in such sensitive matters can matter less than what people hear.
"But that's okay", he went on.
Tim Alberta, the Politico reporter who interviewed her, slammed her for trying to "avoid owning" her comments. In 2016 he tweeted a doctored image of Hillary Clinton showing her against a backdrop of cash alongside a Star of David with the label "corrupt".
US President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 12, 2019.
Of the 535 members of the US House and Senate, 35 are Jewish, including just two Republicans, according to the non-partisan American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.