March 9, 2019 | From the Wall Street Journal
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a broad resolution condemning hate in all forms, a response to a freshman Democrat’s remarks that were seen as anti-Semitic, but the move also exposes the rift that is roiling Democratic leadership as it struggles to find common ground with its newly emboldened progressive wing.
At issue were comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), who last week spoke of people who “push for allegiance to a foreign country,” which many listeners viewed as referring to Israel.
The resolution—which passed 407-23, with Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) voting “present”—denounced hate and bigotry in all forms, including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white nationalism. While it doesn’t directly mention Ms. Omar, who is a Muslim, it springs from a debate between leadership and members that flared after Ms. Omar’s comments on Jews and Israel.
The resolution had initially been drafted to condemn anti-Semitism, but following a tense closed-door meeting of Democrats on Wednesday, language condemning anti-Muslim bias was added at the request of lawmakers in the party’s progressive wing who said Ms. Omar had been unfairly singled out, underscoring the debate taking place within the Democratic caucus. . . .
In her first months in Congress, she has faced a backlash for repeated comments about U.S. policy toward Israel and money in politics, most recently in a public forum last week, that some people describe as anti-Semitic and have drawn sharp criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. The reverberations in particular have revealed divisions in the Democratic caucus still navigating its new majority position in the House. . . .
Some Jewish leaders in her home state of Minnesota say Ms. Omar’s comments are becoming too repetitive to be accidental. They have met with her repeatedly and made their views known after statements she has made this year and in the past.
Last month, when she apologized for a tweet linking Jews with money, and said she was still learning, that rang untrue to Minneapolis state Sen. Ron Latz, who lives in Ms. Omar’s district.
“She claimed ignorance about the impact of what she was saying,” he said. “I was thinking, wait a minute, she can’t claim that, I met with her.”
In June 2018, when Ms. Omar was running for her House seat, Mr. Latz invited her to his home, along with other Jews in the area, to discuss a tweet she sent in 2012 that said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” The tweet recalled an anti-Semitic trope that Israel and its supporters were secretly tricking the world into supporting it.
He said she was generous with her time in the two-hour meeting, though she didn’t apologize for the tweet until January of this year, when pressed. The two briefly crossed paths in the state Legislature and discussed working on net neutrality and tech privacy issues.
Republicans have been quick to call out Democrats over their own infighting over how to condemn anti-Semitism and have called on Democratic leadership to remove Ms. Omar from her House Foreign Affairs Committee post.
“A watered-down condemnation of hate does little to alleviate the hurt caused by Rep. Omar’s continuous anti-Semitic rhetoric and beliefs,” said Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.). (Excerpted from the Wall Street Journal.)
Read the resolution yourself HERE.
There is so much talk about hate and love and so much discussion about what the Bible teaches, what Jesus would do, etc. Please pick up the Bible and read the gospels. Ask the Lord to speak to you as you read. Meet Jesus afresh in the pages of the Word.