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CT Dems hope vote condemning anti-Semitism ends furor

CT Dems hope vote condemning anti-Semitism ends furor

The resolution passed 407-23 in the US House of Representatives, with Omar's support.

I don't think she's a bigot but, as with other sensitive topics, its not hard to sound like one when you make strong criticisms in such touchy areas as US policy toward Israel. They are right that Congress should rebuke all others who behave so badly - although that is a convenient opportunity for Omar to deflect attention from her own slanders.

Omar has become a lightning rod in Congress for comments on foreign policy, and especially U.S. policy toward Israel, that many in the Jewish community have deemed anti-Semitic.

"I don't think our colleague is anti-Semitic", Pelosi said Friday, reiterating her previous defenses of Omar.

The resolution condemned the charge of dual loyalty against Jewish Americans, stating it "constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens can not be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, when Jews have loyally served our Nation every day". Gold said the pressure for a resolution against Omar came from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), "which claims to be a civil rights organization while actually being involved in spying on activists in place like Ferguson [Missouri], is directly involved in Islamophobic trainings in cities and for police forces and is behind numerous times that United States police forces are sent over to Israel to train with the Israeli military".

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Omar has praised the vote as condemning "anti-Muslim bigotry". Supporters tweeted the hashtag #istandwithilhan to express their solidarity with Omar and their outrage at the reaction to the congresswoman's criticisms of Israel and the political lobbying done on that country's behalf in the US.

However, prominent Democratic legislators came to Omar's defense, after her most recent comment about pro-Israel activists.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Omar on Thursday, alleging that the freshman congresswoman didn't understand the weight of her words when making statements that many people interpreted to be anti-Semitic. "But the fact is if that's how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt, as we have done over and over again". Omar, who can be quite gracious and charming in real life, turns into a bit of a liberal troll when she gets on Twitter or behind a lectern. "Kamala Harris has attended AIPAC for at least the last two years in a row". The ad - which featured images of billionaire philanthropist George Soros, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and then-Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, all of whom are Jewish - was "the most anti-Semitic TV ad in American history", Raskin said.

"We know what happens when people remain silent, every single one of us at all times must stand against it", she said.

However, Gold warned that once the resolution is voted on, the issue is far from over. We don't want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished.

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