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House Approves Resolution Against Anti-Semitism Abroad

JNN News, March 10 2019

A resolution on anti-Semitism sparked by a freshman Democrat’s jibes about “allegiance” to Israel and then expanded to address Islamophobia suffered by the same congresswoman, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, passed the House overwhelmingly. The USA House of Representatives voted 407-23 on Thur. 7 March 2019 to approve the resolution, which did not name Omar, but which emphasized the dangers of accusing groups of Americans of dual loyalties. After days of debate, the final resolution condemned “hateful expressions of intolerance” against “African-Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants, and others” affected by bigotry. All 23 nays were Republicans, some of whom objected that the resolution did not go far enough in censuring Ilhan Omar. Jewish Democrats led the push for the resolution last week after Omar said she felt pressure to pledge “allegiance” to Israel. Omar had previously accused Israel of “hypnotizing” the world and had said that lawmakers support Israel only in exchange for funding for their campaigns. The Democratic leadership also faced criticism from Jewish lawmakers who felt the resolution should have focused exclusively on the anti-Semitism issue. Omar, a refugee from Somalia, is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. (JTA)

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