Chuck Schumer pleads with AIPAC to ignore Ilhan Omar Israel comments

Leroy Wright
March 26, 2019

"I stand with Israel, proudly and unapologetically", said the Democrat from Maryland, whose remarks were immediately interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

"In Britain, the Labour Party's tolerance of anti-Semitism in its ranks is a national disgrace", Pompeo said.

"I don't think any of them realize that people like myself and numerous people in this room could care less about what they have to say", she added.

Addressing the scandal surrounding Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has made several antisemitic statements in recent weeks, and the Democratic leadership's failure to pass a resolution explicitly condemning her, Pence said, "Recently, a freshman Democratic congresswoman trafficked in repeated antisemitic tropes; alleged congressional support for Israel reflected an allegiance to a foreign country; said that Israel had, and I quote, "hypnotized the world"; and she accused Americans who support Israel of being bought off by campaign contributions".

You can be a Jew and care about Israel and it does not make you any less American. Omar said opposing the policies of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not synonymous with anti-Semitism.

"What's interesting is, at the United Nations, I can guarantee you it is radio silent".

Addressing the USA pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Pompeo denounced a rise in anti-Semitism around Europe, the Middle East and in the United States but had especially strong words about Britain.

"The US-Israel relationship has to remain strong", Engel said.

AIPAC members are poised to visit members of Congress in their offices in the US Capitol on Tuesday.

"There are 18,000 citizens of the United States of America who are here".

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Representative Kay Granger, a Texas Republican on Appropriations, said support for Israel in the Congress has always been bipartisan and the rocket attack should be seen as evidence to the imperative for continuing support.

In a statement Monday, Hoyer said his sarcasm was aimed at the media, not the congresswomen.

"Just look at what happened this morning". "It is proof that you can never ever let your guard down". "I am proud and excited to serve with all of our new Democratic Members, who reflect the diversity of our country better than any freshman class in our history".

"I am not Jewish, nor do I do represent a large Jewish constituency".

"Our detractors think we'll fold if we're pushed".

The AIPAC conference is happening at a time when there is a widening political divide in the USA over the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Pence also criticized eight Democratic candidates for skipping the AIPAC conference. The progressive USA grassroots political organisation MoveOn urged Democrats to #skipAIPAC.

Cheney, complaining that the House should have "rebuked" Omar by name and removed her from the Foreign Affairs Committee, voted against the resolution.

In addition to chanting about the support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which wages economic boycotts on the Jewish state and its people, one of the other organizers associated with Hamideh chanted, "Israel is a terrorist state".

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