Dems prep anti-Semitism measure amid Omar uproar

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Published on March 6, 2019 - Duration: 01:42s

Dems prep anti-Semitism measure amid Omar uproar

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is at the center of a storm for a second time over comments viewed as anti-Semitic.

Democrats plan a vote on Wednesday rejecting anti-Semitism, without mentioning Omar directly, but fellow freshman Rep.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is jumping to Omar's defense on Twitter.

Vanessa Johnston reports.


Dems prep anti-Semitism measure amid Omar uproar

Just months ago, she was celebrated for her historic election win …becoming one of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress… …But now Democrat Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is in HOT WATER - again - including with her OWN PARTY…over her controversial remarks on Israel...which Senior Democrats and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes… On Wednesday, Omar is expected to face her SECOND public rebuke on the House floor…with Speaker Nancy Pelosi bringing a vote on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism… Last month, Omar sparked outrage after she suggested in a tweet that campaign donations fuel Republican support for Israel… saying "It's all about the Benjamins." She has since apologized.

Then, last week, she courted controversy again, telling an event in Washington: "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country…" her words widely interpreted as referring to Israel.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey called on Omar to apologize, tweeting: "I believe we can debate important policy without using offensive, painful stereotypes." President Trump on Tuesday added his view..

Saying Omar's words mark "a dark day for Israel." On Tuesday, fellow Democratic freshman, Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez firing off a string of tweets in Omar's defense..

Arguing quote "no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities…" Pelosi and other senior lawmakers have reportedly drafted the House resolution, which does not identify Omar by name..

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