House FINALLY Passes Resolution Condemning Hate – DOES NOT Name Anti-Semitic Rep. Omar, Democrats DEFEND Her

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After several days of infighting and a near-rebellion by rank-and-file Democrats, as well as a major last-minute revision, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry.

The final vote was 407 to 23, with 23 Republicans voting no, and all Democrats voting yes. [SEE FULL TEXT of the resolution in extended article]

It only indirectly condemned Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s repeated ‘anti-Semitic’ comments and does not mention her by name.

For days, Democrats wrestled with whether or how to punish Omar, one of two Muslim-American women in Congress, and what other types of bias should be decried and whether the party would tolerate dissenting views on Israel.

WATCH: Rep. Omar runs away when asked “are you anti-Semitic?” and if she supports a Congressional resolution condemning anti-Semitism:

Generational as well as ideological, the upheaval was fueled in part by young, liberal lawmakers — and voters — who have become a face of the newly empowered Democratic majority in the House. This group is critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, rejecting the conservative leader’s approach to Palestinians and other issues.

They split sharply from Democratic leaders who seemed caught off guard by the support for Omar and unprepared for the debate. But the leaders regrouped.

“It’s not about her. It’s about these forms of hatred,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said before the vote.

[DESPICABLE: Top Democrat Rep. Clyburn Spits on Holocaust Survivors in Defense of Anti-Semitic Rep. Omar]

Pelosi said she does not believe that Omar understood the “weight of her words” or that they would be perceived by some as anti-Semitic.

Asked whether the resolution was intended to “police” lawmakers’ words, Pelosi replied: “We are not policing the speech of our members. We are condemning anti-Semitism.”

The resolution approved Thursday condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities “as hateful expressions of intolerance.” Omar, a Somali-American, and fellow Muslims Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Andrew Carson of Indiana, issued a statement praising the “historic” vote as the first resolution to condemn “anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Some Democrats complained that Omar’s comments on Israel had ignited all this debate while years of President Donald Trump’s racially charged rhetoric had led to no similar congressional action.

The seven-page document details a history of recent attacks not only against Jews in the United States but also Muslims, as it condemns all such discrimination as contradictory to “the values and aspirations” of the people of the United States. The vote was delayed for a time on Thursday to include mention of Latinos to address concerns of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. It was inserted under a section on white supremacists who “weaponize hate for political gain” over a long list of “traditionally persecuted peoples.”

An earlier version focused more narrowly on anti-Semitism. The final resolution did not mention Omar by name.

[VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Neturei Karta Visits US Capital to Support Anti-Semite Rep. Ilhan Omar, Meets Ocasio-Cortez & Others]

Getting this debate right will be crucial for Democrats in 2020. U.S.-Israel policy is a prominent issue that is exposing the splits between the party’s core voters, its liberal flank and the more centrist Americans in Trump country the party hopes to reach.

“What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate. That’s wrong,” said presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is Jewish.

“Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world,” the senator said. “We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel.”

Other Democratic presidential contenders tried to walk a similar line.

[Top Jewish Democrat AGAINST Removing Anti-Semitic Rep. Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee]

California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said “we need to speak out against hate.” But she said she also believes “there is a critical difference between criticism of policy or political leaders, and anti-Semitism.” Harris added that she is “concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk.”

A statement from Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said, “Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse and makes it harder to achieve a peaceful solution between Israelis and Palestinians.” She said threats of violence, including those made against Omar, “are never acceptable.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said, “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, they are allowed to have free speech in this country,” Gillibrand said. “But we don’t need to use anti-Semitic tropes or anti-Muslim tropes to be heard.”

Another member of the new crop of outspoken young House freshmen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, said the final product, as well as the way presidential candidates are now talking about the issue, showed “there’s been some really great progress we’ve made.”

Many Democrats are able to navigate the terrain between their support for Israel and their criticism of Netanyahu. Some take official visits to Israel and attend the annual AIPAC conference, a premier event of a prominent lobbying group, coming later this month to Washington.

But Omar’s rhetoric is taking Democrats to a place that leaves many uneasy. The new lawmaker sparked a weeklong debate in Congress as fellow Democrats said her comments have no place in the party. She suggested politicians have “allegiance” to Israel, reviving a trope of dual loyalties. It wasn’t her first dip into such rhetoric.

The new congresswoman has been critical of the Jewish state in the past and apologized for those previous comments. But Omar has not apologized for what this latest comment.

[WATCH: NYC Mayor De Blasio SLAMS Omar For Remarks About Israel, Says Her Comments Are Anti-Semitic]

Some of the House’s leading Jewish Democrats wanted to bring a resolution on the floor simply condemning anti-Semitism.

But other Democrats wanted to broaden the resolution to include a rejection of all forms of racism and bigotry. Others questioned whether a resolution was necessary at all and viewed it as unfairly singling out Omar at a time when Trump and others have made disparaging racial comments.

There remained frustration that the party that touts its diversity conducted such a messy and public debate about how to declare its opposition to bigotry.

“This shouldn’t be so hard,” Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said on the House floor.

Among the Republican dissenters, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a member of the GOP leadership, called the resolution “a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism.”

In part, Democratic leaders were trying to fend off a challenge from Republicans on the issue.

They worry they could run into trouble on another bill, their signature ethics and voting reform package, if Republicans try to tack their own anti-Semitism bill on as an amendment. By voting Thursday, the House Democratic vote counters believed they could inoculate their lawmakers against such a move.

FULL TEXT of the House resolution condemning bigotry:

Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.

Whereas the first amendment to the Constitution established the United States as a country committed to the principles of tolerance and religious freedom, and the 14th amendment to the Constitution established equal protection of the laws as the heart of justice in the United States;

Whereas adherence to these principles is vital to the progress of the American people and the diverse communities and religious groups of the United States;

Whereas whether from the political right, center, or left, bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy and have no place in American political discourse;

Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponized hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including 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 with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence;

Whereas the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., taught that persecution of any American is an assault on the rights and freedoms of all Americans;

Whereas on August 11 and 12, 2017, self-identified neo-Confederates, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen held white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they marched on a synagogue under the Nazi swastika, engaged in racist and anti-Semitic demonstrations and committed brutal and deadly violence against peaceful Americans;

Whereas a white nationalist murdered nine African American worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015, in the hopes of igniting a nationwide race war;

Whereas on October 27, 2018, the perpetrator of the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the history of the United States killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue building in Pittsburgh and reportedly stated that he “wanted all Jews to die”;

Whereas anti-Semitism is the centuries-old bigotry and form of racism faced by Jewish people simply because they are Jews;

Whereas in 2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported a 37 percent increase in hate crimes against Jews or Jewish institutions and found that attacks against Jews or Jewish institutions made up 58.1 percent of all religious-based hate crimes;

Whereas there is an urgent need to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities, including synagogues, schools, cemeteries, and other institutions;

Whereas Jews are the targets of anti-Semitic violence at even higher rates in many other countries than they are in the United States;

Whereas it is a foreign policy priority of the United States to monitor and combat anti-Semitism abroad;

Whereas anti-Semitism includes blaming Jews as Jews when things go wrong; calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or extremist view of religion; or making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotyped allegations about Jews;

Whereas Jewish people are subject in the media and political campaigns to numerous other dangerous anti-Semitic myths as well, including that Jews control the United States Government or seek global, political, and financial domination and that Jews are obsessed with money;

Whereas scapegoating and targeting of Jews in the United States have persisted for many years, including by the Ku Klux Klan, the America First Committee, and by modern neo-Nazis;

Whereas accusing Jews of being more loyal to Israel or to the Jewish community than to the United States constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens cannot be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, when Jews have loyally served our Nation every day since its founding, whether in public or community life or military service;

Whereas accusations of dual loyalty generally have an insidious and pernicious history, including—

(1) the discriminatory incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II on their basis of race and alleged dual loyalty;

(2) the Dreyfus affair, when Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French artillery captain, was falsely convicted of passing secrets to Germany based on his Jewish background;

(3) when the loyalty of President John F. Kennedy was questioned because of his Catholic faith; and

(4) the post-9/11 conditions faced by Muslim-Americans in the United States, including Islamophobia and false and vicious attacks on and threats to Muslim-Americans for alleged association with terrorism;

Whereas anti-Muslim bigotry entails prejudicial attitudes towards Muslims and people who are perceived to be Muslim, including the irrational belief that Muslims are inherently violent, disloyal, and foreign;

Whereas Muslims and people perceived to be Muslim are subjected to false and dangerous stereotypes and myths including unfair allegations that they sympathize with individuals who engage in violence or terror or support the oppression of women, Jews, and other vulnerable communities;

Whereas in 2017, mosques were bombed in Bloomington, Minnesota, and burned in Austin, Texas, Victoria, Texas, Bellevue, Washington, and Thonotosassa, Florida, and mass attacks on Muslim communities were planned against communities in Islamberg, New York, in 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, in 2017, and Garden City, Kansas, in 2016;

Whereas the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that hate crimes against Muslims or Muslim institutions in the United States increased by over 99 percent between 2014 and 2016;

Whereas attacks motivated by bigotry against those who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim have substantially increased since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks;

Whereas the violation of an individual’s civil rights based on his or her actual or perceived membership in a particular religious group clearly violates the Constitution and laws of the United States; and

Whereas all Americans, including Jews, Muslims, and Christians and people of all faiths and no faith, have a stake in fighting anti-Semitism, as all Americans have a stake in fighting every form of bigotry and hatred against people based on religion, race, or place of birth and origin:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance;

(2) condemns anti-Semitic acts and statements as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States;

(3) reaffirms its support for the mandate of the United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism as part of the broader policy priority of fostering international religious freedom and protecting human rights all over the world;

(4) rejects attempts to justify hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere;

(5) acknowledges the harm suffered by Muslims and others from the harassment, discrimination, and violence that result from anti-Muslim bigotry;

(6) condemns anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities as contrary to the values of the United States;

(7) condemns the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim Members of Congress, including in recent weeks;

(8) encourages law enforcement and government officials to avoid conduct that raises the specter of unconstitutional profiling against anyone because of their race, religion, nationality, political, or particular social group, including the assignment of blame or targeting members of an entire religious group for increased suspicion, based on the conduct of a single individual or small group of individuals; and

(9) encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry, as well as historical struggles against them, to ensure that the United States will live up to the transcendent principles of tolerance, religious freedom, and equal protection as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the first and 14th amendments to the Constitution.

(AP)




23 COMMENTS

  1. Democrats borrowed their disgusting tactics from Arafat (yamach shmo) who after each bus bombing in Israel said that he denounces terrorism from all sides.

  2. This is worse than nothing. It equates anti-Moslem sentiment with antisemitism, which is completely wrong, and it blames antisemitism on “white supremacists” when in fact the overwhelming majority of antisemitism does not come from that played-out mine but from blacks, Moslems, and the left.

    Also, “years of President Donald Trump’s racially charged rhetoric ” is simply a lie.

  3. I don’t understand why frum Jews get bent out of shape by what this anti semitic Muslim congress woman said,after all,the exact same sentiments are the official policy of the anti-Zionist Satmar and you can read literally every week in their two rags “DER YID and THE BLATT’ where they echo the exact same anti-Israel propaganda

  4. Finally?! nothing finally about naming everything under the sun to be yoseh in condemning antisemitism. Just remember people we are in galus and this might be the beginning of the end.

  5. @chugibugi

    She didn’t say anything about Israeli policy but as the jewish nation as a whole. Please stop equating satmar with this rabid arab numb-skull!

  6. Omar gets to do a victory lap. As an antisemite and democrat (but i repeat myself), she expresses her rabid entrenched antisemitism and ends up with a resolution condemning anti-islam hatred. Way to go, Nancy.

  7. To unommin I agree with you 100%. We have here a muslim who grew up learning the palestinian version of history. I know its the wrong version, but are any of our “leaders” trying to explain to her our position, or all they can do is scream anti -semite because she doesn’t agree with our position. When she said Israel hypnotizes the world or its the Benjamins baby how is that anti semitisim? All she was doing is saying what she hears in her community and reads in the arab news outlets. Its just a matter of time and there will be other Muslims elected to high office. Its just demographics. At that time we will be laughed at if we scream anti- semitisim. I think the chochom ainuv brosho The wise “leaders” should face the reality the muslims are here. We won’t get them to agree with us on Israel, but there are many issues we can work together Perhaps if we do that instead of screaming antisemitisim when its not we can win them over on some support for Israel.

  8. MoisheinGolus_ I am not charliehall but I will defend the Democrats. At least the Democrats had the guts to pass such legislation- but your party-the anti-Semitic Republicans- allowed that uber racist King to prance around for a decade. The racism and antisemitism of the Republicans killed 11 Jews, martyred in Pittsburgh. It was those “good people’ (said Trump) that marched in their thousands in Charlottesville and shouted “Jews, you will not replace us”. No-they weren’t Democrats- all were Republicans. So, spare us your crocodile tears and your sanctimoniousness.

  9. Rep Omar’s initial comments were political. She recognized the influence of PAC money. Nothing new, afterall we just gave Israel $300 Billion while at the same time telling our citizens our nation cannot afford Medicare for All. Now if Ms Omar got on a bully pulpit and said that Palestinian terrorists were ‘very fine people’ I would be able to understand the outrage. If she said ‘kill the Jews’ the outrage would be justified. But she simply referred to PAC money. Real politic in the US does require citizens to follow the money, nothing new.

  10. ah yid: When she said Israel hypnotizes the world or its the Benjamins baby how is that anti semitisim? All she was doing is saying what she hears in her community and reads in the arab news outlets.

    Every antisemite has the same excuse. They all repeat what they hear in their community and read in their news outlets. If you accept that then there are no antisemites in the world.

    “rabbiofberlin”, you are lying through your teeth. Nothing you wrote has even a shred of truth to it. King never said anything racist until just now, and even that was probably just an innocent slip of the tongue, but they piled on him anyway, which they shouldn’t have done. But the way they treated him shows that there is no tolerance at all for racism.

    The Pittsburgh killer was certainly no Republican. He was a dedicated Trump hater.

    Trump never said the few dozen (not thousands) people who marched in Charlottesville on Friday night were good people. He said, absolutely correctly, that many of the people who attended the peaceful rally on Saturday to protest the removal of the statues were good people. And they were. There’s no evidence that any of the neo-nazis who marched were Republican voters. The 400-500 (again not thousands) who rallied probably did include some Republican voters , but there’s no evidence that any of those who engaged in violence were.

    But this whole side-discussion is irrelevant, because no party responsible for who votes for it. If you count, you will find that at least 90% of open antisemites vote for Democrats. But the Dems are not responsible for them. They ARE responsible for the antisemites they welcome and promote and honor in their party, including Omar and Clyburn, who not surprisingly defended her because he is a Farrakhan acolyte.

  11. Chugibugi, these antisemites do NOT have “the exact same sentiments are the official policy of the anti-Zionist Satmar “. Satmar believes that Eretz Yisroel belongs to us, and that the Arabs have no right to be there. They oppose the medinah because we were not allowed to establish it by ourselves. We are in prison and have no right to escape until our sentence is commuted, but that doesn’t make the squatters who steal our property correct.

    And Satmar has always refused to make common cause with those who seek to kill us. When the Satmar Rov heard that Arabs were going to join one of his hafgonos he cancelled it. He held that a yid must be anti-zionist but a goy is not allowed to be.

  12. This resolution, originally intended to condemn anti-semitism and call out those promoting it, is a sham and a cover-up for partisan anti-semitism among Democrats. Republicans who did not vote for it did so because they refuse to be complicit in shielding anti-semites in Congress – meaning they want a resolution that specifically addresses anti-semitism, not bigotry in all forms. America does not support bigotry but the Democratic Party has become a platform for antisemites and their supporters. For those of you ignorant of history, Omar has been promulgating some of the oldest anti-Semitic myths including Jews having all the money, the Benjamins, and wielding their financial power with nafarious intention (remember the Middle Ages when Jews were ousted from all professions and forced to become money lenders), and the classic dual-
    loyalty accusation (remember Dreyfus?). Do you honestly believe that if we sat down and had a dmc with Omar she would suddenly become enlightened? What alternate universe do you live in? She is an anti-Semite, like David Duke who tweeted out support for her. Omar herself sees this sham resolution as a victory against islamaphobia – that is how insipid this faux resolution is. Trump called it out, as well. This is not about politics, this is about the beginning of the end of golus America, and some of the liberal posters here apparently would like to speed up that process by defending anti-semitism and the democrats who celebrate it. Nothing new – we’ve always been our own worst enemy. Voting republican in 20202 may buy you some time but the writing’s on the wall – pack your bags, American Jewery, and renew your passports.

  13. Amil Zola, David Duke shares your views: “By defiance to Z.O.G. Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress!” I always believed that Marxists and Nazis have a lot in common.

  14. Amil Zola, i do not understand why you constantly trolling this frum Jewish website. Your poisonous anti-Jewish comments belong on The Daily Stormer site instead.