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House broadens anti-Semitism resolution

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/08/19, 12:04 pm

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday condemning all forms of hatred and bigotry by a 407-23 vote. The resolution originally rebuked anti-Semitism in response to controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. But after days of contention and debate, lawmakers expanded the resolution to cover all forms of racism.

Speaking at a forum at a Washington, D.C., bookstore last week, Omar suggested that pro-Israel political groups push “allegiance to a foreign country.” Critics accused her of resurrecting an anti-Semitic stereotype that Jewish-Americans are more loyal to the state of Israel or other Jews than to the United States. Progressives rushed to Omar’s defense, arguing that bullies were singling her out for being one of two Muslim women in Congress. Omar has apologized for past controversial remarks, but not for this latest statement.

The final House resolution does not mention Omar by name and condemns hatred against “African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others.”

Most Republicans voted with the majority, but 23 lawmakers opposed it, arguing the watered-down version was a sham.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., called out his party for not condemning anti-Semitism more strongly. “I am very disappointed that we weren’t able to have a separate resolution to specifically condemn anti-Semitism and what our colleague said that really was a very hateful term,” he said.

Before departing to visit the tornado-damaged areas of Alabama, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that “the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, and an anti-Jewish party.”

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  • SN
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 02:45 pm

    "Omar suggested that pro-Israel political groups push 'allegiance to a foreign country.'"  Rep. Omar, I have a question for you.  As a Muslim, would you push for allegiance to a foreign religion such as your own?  If you are true to Islam, and honest with your constituents, you must openly admit that your long-range goal is to make the United States of America subject to Sharia Law. 

    I find the comment of the representative from my home state deceptive and not a little hypocritical.  

  • RC
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 02:54 pm

    Rep. Ilhan Omar is apparently more loyal to her Muslim based hatred of Israel and the Jews than she is loyal to her sworn duty to the United States of America.  If she was not so ignorant of American history, she would know of the many things Jewish Americans have contributed to make America great.

  • MonteHarmon
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 03:26 pm

    A different angle on this might be worth considering.

    Laws and mob action against "hate speech" ("scare" quotes intentional), as defined by the politically correct, are being used against Christians and others such as Jordan Peterson to restrict rights and suppress opposing views. Laws passed years ago, sometimes with seemingly good intent, are now being used to suppress the truth. Many unexpected side effects are now undermining freedom of religion. The first ammendment is now scoffed at and vilified by many.

    Maybe a better move would be to make strong statements in positive directions, i.e. support for Israel, and allow Omar's own words to demonstrate the gulf between her views and the legislatures, while not undermining freedom of speech.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 04:25 pm

    I think this Resolution is quite incomplete since it does not condemn hatred against Christians, European-Americans, or Caucasians.   

    And yes, I have run into people who hate me because I’m white or because I’m a Christian. And you probably have too. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 05:08 pm

    OldMike,  I was thinking the exact same thing. Hatred knows no bounds - anyone can be hated, even (maybe especially these days) an old, white, Christian male like me.

    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 06:19 pm

    I thought the same thing.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 09:05 pm

    The way Democrats define hate, bigotry, racism and various phobias is mostly subjective.  Rarely are their accusations of these things based on objective fact. The hate label is projected onto others based on how a statement made them feel.  Mere disagreement is hate speech if it makes them feel bad.  So banning all hate speech is really a backdoor way of silencing opposing ideas. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 03/08/2019 10:53 pm

    Hmmm...  wouldn’t you suppose it could be made to work both ways?  

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Sat, 03/09/2019 11:59 pm

    It could, but conservatives generally still acknowledge a quaint old idea called objective reality.

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Sat, 03/09/2019 08:08 pm

    In reading the Old Testament (Jewish) Bible, I noticed that many of the prophets such as Elijah, Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others say very harsh denunciations against the nation of Israel for its oppression, injustice, and national hubris.

    These prophets are anti-Semitic, and should be excised from the Bible.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 03/09/2019 09:10 pm


  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 03/09/2019 09:09 pm

    And if someone simply opposes political aid and favoritism to the political nation of Israel, how can they do so without getting labeled "anti-Semitic?" How can financial and military support or non-support for Israel be debated on its merit rather than on the basis of religion and race?

    An analogy that allows us to put the shoe on the other foot is the whole gender debate since the turn of the century. Merely to speak out conservatively is to be labeled a bigot and to be condemned for hate speech. I don't find the situation much different with Israel. Merely to entertain an unpopular political view towards Israel is to be labeled "anti-Semite." This is not how a decomocracy based on freedom of speech should operate.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Sun, 03/10/2019 12:40 am

    Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semetic.  However, we don't need to pretend that we don't know what is going on here.  Ilhan Omar loves Israel as much as most Somalies do.  She said, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel."  Where is all this hate coming from?  She doesn't give any specifics, but this hate and superiority is extremely common in Islam.  Everyone who isn't Muslim is an infidel dog. Muhummad had 600 Jewish men beheaded in front of their families simply for being Jewish.  Being like Muhammad is the definition of Islam.  All Muslims do not feel this way, but no one should be suprised about those who do.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sun, 03/10/2019 11:15 am

    Xion, Even disliking Israeli politics and thinking that many of their actions towards the natives of their own West Bank are cruel is not anti-Semitism necessarily. Anti-Semitism means hating Jewish people for their Jewishness. It does not mean disagreeing with their actions. And if someone hates Islamic people for their "Muslim-ness," how is that any different than hating a Jewish person for being Jewish? We need to learn that condemning certain actions is not the same as condemning the person. There needs to be freedom to condemn actions where actions need condemning. Saying that such-and-such national actions are always right because of the ethnicity and religion of the people of that nation is not being fair to others.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Mon, 03/11/2019 02:49 am

    West Coast Grandma, Yes, of course, but that is not what is going on here.  Ilhan Omar never provides any specifics.  If she did, we might have a discussion and even agree on certain things.  Generalized anti-Israel hate is merely a ploy to cover for the hating of Jews.  The anhiliation of Israel is a common goal throughout the Islamic world.  Her words are carefully scripted for Western ears, but those who have researched these talking points understand what she means.  Muhammad was a terrorist who hated the Jews.  Muslims revere him as a role model.  We can hate terror and we can hate the religion of terror and its anti-semitism without hating Muslims as people.  They are desparately decieved by this diabolical religion.  As Christians we are to love them and help them find the truth, but we shouldn't be ignorant of their devices.  

  • BS
    Posted: Sun, 03/10/2019 07:33 pm

    Republicans are seldom willing to make the Dems own their rediculousness. They should all have voted NO. The Dem caucus is fundamentally fractured on this as their incompatible identity group coallitions are starting to turn on each other. Oh, how fragile is Babel, if you help it along.