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PoliticsBernie Sanders Defends Ilhan Omar Over Israel Criticism

15:40  07 march  2019
15:40  07 march  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

Dems respond to Omar by drafting anti-Semitism resolution

Dems respond to Omar by drafting anti-Semitism resolution House Democrats will offer a resolution Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar's latest remarks on Israel.The declaration, supported by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, comes after Omar made new remarks about Israel that critics decried as anti-Semitic.At an event last week, the freshman Democrat from Minnesota made a reference to "political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country." The Anti-Defamation League has demanded that House Democrats offer a resolution that makes clear every member of Congress opposes anti-Semitism.

Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Wednesday defended Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota against accusations of anti-Semitism. "Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace," Sanders added.

Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders , Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday defended Rep. Ilhan Omar against the backlash to her comments slamming pro- Israel groups and politicians, which have been called anti-Semitic.

Bernie Sanders Defends Ilhan Omar Over Israel Criticism© AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Sen. Bernie Sanders said anti-Semitism is not the same as "legitimate criticism" of Israel. Senator Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of Representative Ilhan Omar as the Minnesota congresswoman faces backlash over her allegedly anti-Semitic remarks. Sanders said there is a key difference between anti-Semitism and legitimate criticism of the Israeli government.

The veteran Vermont senator criticized House Democrats' reaction to Omar after she was heavily condemned for her tweet that said: “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.” Omar was referring to American-Israeli relations.

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Trump tweets Omar's Israel remarks mark 'dark day' President Donald Trump says Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's newest remarks about Israel mark a "dark day" for the Jewish state. He tweeted as House Democrats were preparing a resolution for Wednesday declaring that the House opposes anti-Semitism and bigotry. The measure is part of the Democrats' pushback against Omar for suggesting last week that American supporters of Israel have conflicted allegiances. The declaration, written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, comes after the Minnesota Democrat's remarks suggesting American supporters of Israel are pushing people to have "allegiance to a foreign country.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, for at least the second time in recent months, ignited an uproar for echoing tropes critics have deemed anti-Semitic. Omar -- who also tweeted in 2012 that " Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel "

Bernie Sanders accused Democrats of targeting Ilhan Omar as they draft a resolution condemning anti-semitism prompted by her latest remarks. It is at least the third time she has forced older, pro- Israel Democrats who run the House into awkward territory over U.S.- Israeli policy.

The comment, which has been rebuked by members of her own party, was seen as exploiting anti-Semitic tropes and attacking U.S. support of Israel.

In a statement, 2020 presidential candidate Sanders said that while anti-Semitism is a “hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed ... we must not equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel."

“Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace,” Sanders said, reported HuffPost. “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.”

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AOC Defends Rep. Omar Over Controversial Israel Comment Rep. Ilhan Omar has been feuding with fellow lawmakers over their support of Israel and her alleged anti-Semitic comments.

Ilhan Omar 's latest remarks on Israel .The declaration, supported by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, comes after Omar made new remarks about Israel that critics Bernie Sanders said anti-Semitism is not the same as "legitimate criticism " of Israel . Senator Bernie Sanders has come to the defense of

Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar Reuters. More On Ilhan Omar ’s defense, calling the recent treatment of the freshman congresswoman over her But the independent Vermont senator added: “We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu

Sanders' statement came after senior Democrats planned to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which was seen as a direct response to Omar’s comments. The vote was delayed as the House Foreign Affairs Committee rewrites the resolution to include condemnation of all hate.

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris also issued a statement defending Omar, suggesting that the spotlight currently on the congresswoman "may put her at risk."

“We should be having a sound, respectful discussion about policy,” Harris said, as reported by HuffPost. “You can both support Israel and be loyal to our country. I also believe there is a difference between criticism of policy or political leaders, and anti-Semitism.”

Elizabeth Warren, another Democratic presidential candidate, expressed similar views in her statement defending Omar.

“We have a moral duty to combat hateful ideologies in our own country and around the world and that includes both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. In a democracy, we can and should have an open, respectful debate about the Middle East that focuses on policy,” Warren said.

2020 Candidates Are Wading Into the Ilhan Omar Controversy

2020 Candidates Are Wading Into the Ilhan Omar Controversy The House Democratic caucus might be mired in infighting right now over a proposed resolution to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments on Israel’s influence on American politics, but at least one 2020 candidate is unequivocally standing by her. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In a statement, Bernie Sanders—who, if elected president, would be the first Jewish president in American history—defended Omar, who, along with Rep.

Senator Bernie Sanders came to the defense of Representative Ilhan Omar as the Minnesota Sanders said there was a key difference between anti-Semitism and legitimate criticism of the Israeli The 2020 presidential candidate has defended Ilhan Omar over her comments about Israel .

Bernie Sanders , Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday defended Rep. Ilhan Omar against the backlash to her comments slamming pro- Israel Sanders has been among the likely 2020 contenders most willing to denounce the Israeli government over its treatment of the Palestinians.

“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. Threats of violence — like those made against Omar — are never acceptable.”

Omar, who was forced to apologize for previous remarks in which she suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was paying politicians for their support of Israel, has defended her latest remarks.

“Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same,” she tweeted on March 2.

“We must be willing to combat hate of all kinds while also calling out oppression of all kinds. I will do my best to live up to that. I hope my colleagues will join me in doing the same.”

President Donald Trump called for Omar’s resignation following her comments about AIPAC. In response, Omar accused Trump of attempting to deflect attention from his own controversial remarks.

“You have trafficked in hate your whole life — against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more,” she tweeted in February. “I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?"

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