House to vote on anti-Semitism resolution after latest comments by Ilhan Omar

House to vote on anti-Semitism resolution after latest comments by Ilhan Omar

House to vote on anti-Semitism resolution after latest comments by Ilhan Omar

The West Virginia House of Delegates condemned the poster and said it was investigating the matter. Omar responded on Twitter. "Look no further, the GOP's anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them!"

Some Republicans have called for Omar to be removed from her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over U.S. -Israel relations, but two people involved in the drafting of the resolution said that was not under consideration.

The firestorm erupted over comments Omar made last week in a Washington, D.C., bookstore in which she accused supporters of Israel of "allegiance to a foreign country", which has historically been used as anti-Semitic charge against Jewish citizens in an attempt to question their loyalty.

A spokesperson for Congresswoman Omar said in a statement to The New York Times, "As she said in her apology, we must distinguish between criticism of a particular faith and fair critiques of lobbying groups". "Staffers for several Jewish lawmakers, including Engel and Lowey, soon began working with Democratic leaders on the resolution".

Omar did not hold back, tweeting on Sunday that she "should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support for a foreign country" in order to sit in Congress.

She added that she finds it "problematic" that she is told she is not American because she is not pro-Israel.

Notably, despite their zeal to publicly condemn the Minnesota Rep., the Democrats are not considering removing Omar from her seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee, even though she has now repeatedly condemned one of America's most steadfast allies.

It's unclear if the text of the resolution, which is still being finalized, will single out Omar. The poster appeared to link Omar to the 9/11 attacks, depicting planes flying into the World Trade Center with the phrase "never forget, you said" with a photo of Omar underneath, saying, "I am proof you have forgotten".

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel on Friday called it "unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the U.S. -Israel relationship".

Lowey on Sunday agreed that Congress members aren't forced to "swear allegiance to another country", but pointed out that accusations of "dual loyalty" against Jewish people can be "hurtful".

In a separate letter to Pelosi, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt requested a congressional resolution condemning anti-Semitic sentiment.

The petition also pointed out the repeated comments she has made about Israel and those that support the nation.

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