Congressional and Israeli leaders rebuke Rep. Omar, political anti-Semitism

Congressional and Israeli leaders rebuke Rep. Omar, political anti-Semitism

Congressional and Israeli leaders rebuke Rep. Omar, political anti-Semitism

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) following the speaker's comments during a Tuesday speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference where she condemned the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

"From this Benjamin, it's not about the Benjamins!" He was the final speaker at a conference that drew 18,000 participants as well as Vice President Mike Pence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders of both houses of Congress. Netanyahu told the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., speaking by live video from Israel. "Because in the history of this nation, we've learned that the only ones who are truly on the side of justice are those who fight for it every day - not those who find politically convenient moments to criticize anti-Semitism". "The people of America support Israel not because they want our money, it's because they share our values".

Her words quickly released a deluge of commentary along the same lines of argument that surrounded the original tweet earlier this year, some calling her position anti-Semitic, while others seeing it as justified criticism.

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and senior member of Senate Foreign Relations, warned Republicans against tagging Democrats unfairly as anti-Semitic and he offered a veiled shot at Trump.

Israeli warplanes targeted Palestinian homes in Gaza after a rocket landed on an Israeli home north of Tel Aviv, injuring seven.

"I am anxious that if we do not unite to take action against a growing tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment we will live to regret what our politics become", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said.

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The resolution was spurred by Rep. Ilhan Omar's use of anti-Semitic memes.

Democrats have become more supportive of the Palestinian cause in the past two years, but almost half were still undecided whether or not they back them or Israel in the decades-long Middle East conflict, according to a new poll.

Omar turned away from reporters and would not respond when they asked if she believed that Pelosi's comments were directed at her and fellow Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), another BDS supporter.

Republicans have accused Democrats of going soft on condemning anti-Semitism after that resolution, since it was expanded to specifically condemn anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hatred.

"I'm troubled that leading Democrats won't call out problems in their own ranks", McConnell said.

"We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue", Pelosi said. He, too, talked about how support for Israel needed to remain bipartisan.

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