Democrat Reps. Gil Cisneros (CA) and Elissa Slotkin (MI) have recently refused to condemn the anti-Semitic remarks from Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN) and Rashida Tlaib (MI) when pressed about the issue on camera.
The lawmakers were recently approached and asked if Omar and Tlaib should face any repercussions for their anti-Semitic remarks.
Here’s Cisneros’ response:
Here’s Slotkin’s response:
Omar has been condemned by Congress and many of her Democratic colleagues multiple times over her blatant anti-Semitism, which includes promoting a conspiracy theory that Nazi Germany used to demonize Jews; supporting the anti-Semitic BDS movement; suggesting that Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state; claiming without evidence that her “Jewish colleagues” had devised a scheme to silence her criticism of Israel; falsely claiming that pro-Israel groups were paying off American politicians to be loyal to Israel; and claiming without evidence that her Democratic colleagues were expecting her to have dual loyalties.
Tlaib has engaged in promoting anti-Semitic revisionist history to delegitimize the State of Israel; accusing her Jewish colleagues of having dual loyalties; does not support a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine; supports anti-Semitic BDS campaigns; and has been photographed hanging out with supporters of Islamic terrorist organizations who have said that Israel has no right to exist.
While the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have rushed to defend Omar, Democratic leaders in Congress have condemned her.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark issued this joint statement condemning anti-Semitic comments made over Twitter by Omar:
Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.
We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.
As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.
Pelosi has since defended Omar over Omar’s continued use of anti-Semitic tropes and promotion of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, claiming that Omar just has a “different experience in the use words.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Omar at AIPAC in March.
“Ladies and gentlemen, in recent weeks, we’ve heard a lot about the rise of forces who want to pull America and Israel apart,” Netanyahu said. “So I can tell you one thing. I guarantee you this. They will fail. They will fail.”
“Those who seek to defame this great organization AIPAC, those who seek to undermine American support for Israel, they must be confronted,” Netanyahu continued. “Despite what they claim, they do not merely criticize the policies of Israel’s government. G-d I’m used to that. That happens every five minutes. They do something else. They spew venom that has long been directed at the Jewish people.”
“Again, the Jews are cast as a force for evil. Again, the Jews are charged with disloyalty. Again, the Jews are said to have too much influence, too much power, too much money,” Netanyahu continued. “The best way to respond to those who hate the Jews is not to bow down to them. It’s to stand up to them.”
“So I have a message to all the anti-Semites out there … the Jewish people do not bow down,” Netanyahu added. “We stand up. We fight. And we win.”
“My friends, ladies and gentlemen, some people will just never get it. They’ll never understand why the vast majority of Americans – Jews and non-Jews alike – support Israel,” Netanyahu concluded in the portion of his speech talking about anti-Semitism. “Take it from this Benjamin, it’s not about the Benjamins. The reason the people of America support Israel is not because they want our money, it’s because they share our values.”