Will anti-Semitism divide Democrats? It already has

Will anti-Semitism divide Democrats? It already has

"While we commend Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to bring to the floor the issue of anti-Semitism within its ranks, the politically expedient resolution failed to call out Representative Omar by name and failed to take into account the historically unique dimensions of the anti-Semitic themes trafficked by Rep. Omar", the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement shortly following the vote.

The Orthodox Union welcomed the measure but said "it would have been better for the House of Representatives to respond to recent incidents of anti-Semitism with a resolution exclusively addressing that topic".

As Democrats wrestled among themselves over the past week before taking a House vote to broadly condemn bigotry and hatred, I was reminded of what former President Barack Obama said in a fiery speech on the topic last fall.

On "America's Newsroom" Friday, Zeldin said that the resolution should have named specific names and that Omar should have lost her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

President Trump condemned the vote in remarks outside the White House Friday morning, calling Democrats "an anti-Israel [and] anti-Jewish party".

Republicans seized on Omar's comments and demanded censure, pointing to the punishment meted out to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, after he questioned why the terms white supremacist and white nationalist were offensive. "I think it strengthened it".


Omar's colleagues - both Democratic and Republican - accused her of making repeated anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks about the purported sway Jewish people have over Congress. Omar also stirred controversy at the end of February in which she spoke to "political influence" in the U.S. that would "push for allegiance to a foreign country".

Last month, Maher said he didn't know why Omar's tweets were being viewed as anti-Semitic.

The action had come after controversial comments by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

"To criticize (Israeli Prime Minister) Bibi Netanyahu does not make you anti-Semitic", said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the co-sponsor of the resolution, who is Jewish.

The HBO star pivoted to House Democrats, who struggled with a resolution to condemn Omar's criticism of Israel.

"We only wish the president had learned from this resolution, which defines anti-Semitism to include anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories that he has repeatedly invoked himself", Soifer wrote. "And, as usual, lies...."

Related Articles

  • SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS

    SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with ISS

    Cargo versions of the Dragon have flown to the station 16 times since 2012, but the Crew Dragon represents a significant upgrade. EST (1051 GMT), approximately 27 hours after it lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
    Lakers Limiting LeBron James’ Minutes For Rest Of Season

    Lakers Limiting LeBron James’ Minutes For Rest Of Season

    He trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 career points), Karl Malone (36,928 career points) and Kobe Bryant (33,643 career points). The Lakers, 30-35, are now the 11th seed in the Western Conference and 6.5 games behind the 8th seed LA Clippers.
    Kelly shouts, cries during interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King

    Kelly shouts, cries during interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King

    When pressed about whether he was attracted to younger women, the 52-year-old Kelly said: "I'm an older man who loves all women". She continued to say the singer's been surrounded by yes-men for decades who've never told him the truth about his wrongdoings.
  • Eagles agree to trade DE Michael Bennett to Patriots

    Eagles agree to trade DE Michael Bennett to Patriots

    Martellus spent the entire 2016 season with the Patriots, helping New England defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. I just know at this point whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I am now .
    May calls urgent meetings on knife crime amid row over police numbers

    May calls urgent meetings on knife crime amid row over police numbers

    She said: "I agree that there is some link between violent crime on the streets and police numbers, of course there is". Mrs May parised the "excellent" work of police in dealing with knife crime in Scotland.
    Theresa May Pledges £1.6b Fund For Brexit-backing Towns

    Theresa May Pledges £1.6b Fund For Brexit-backing Towns

    And there are a variety of views within the ERG itself, with some leading figures taking a more hardline approach than others. She has to oppose anyone trying to take it off the table and to reject an extension.
  • Federer hits century mark of titles with victory in Dubai

    Federer hits century mark of titles with victory in Dubai

    I think that was a secret for me. "Just thinking about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't know how you did that. Tsitsipas saw the end of an eight-match winning streak as he arrived in the Gulf with the Marseille title from last weekend.
    China's Huawei sues US government over ban on its products

    China's Huawei sues US government over ban on its products

    Some European officials and others cite a Chinese security law that requires companies to co-operate with intelligence agencies. The company has announced contracts with customers including the United Arab Emirates for network technology.
    Bayern hit back after Loew ditches trio

    Bayern hit back after Loew ditches trio

    All were part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup semifinal before going on to lift the trophy four years later. I was totally dumbfounded by this decision out of the blue by the national coach.
  • Premier League table: Latest standings as Liverpool win, Chelsea falter against Wolves

    Premier League table: Latest standings as Liverpool win, Chelsea falter against Wolves

    Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah play a limited role but score in the first half, and the Reds get three much-needed points. Asked if Liverpool go to Germany with confidence of progressing, Robertson replied: "Yes, of course - we have to".
    Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

    Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

    Now we have two top-20 players on injury watch for next week's man event with Day and his back and Tiger Woods and a balky neck . He hopes to return to action at the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, on March 14-17.
    North Korea Partially Rebuilds Missile Site it Promised to Dismantle

    North Korea Partially Rebuilds Missile Site it Promised to Dismantle

    In a statement, the two men described the move as part of a larger effort to make the Korean peninsula free from nuclear weapons. Both the launch pad and engine test stand were in about the same condition since last August, according to the 38 North report.