The Congressional Black Caucus announced its support of Ilhan Omar, one of two Muslim women elected to Congress, whom Republicans want removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee because of statements she made that they consider anti-Semitic.
The Congressional Black Caucus statement criticizes Republican demands for Omar’s removal. They argue that those same Republicans remain silent as members of their own party, including President Trump, have made racially incitive, anti-Semitic and or emotionally charged statements.
Democrats last week attempted to craft a statement that would condemn anti-Semitism without mentioning Omar, but the resolution was either killed or delayed by sharp divisions in the Democratic Caucus.
Yesterday, however, the House by a vote of 427 to 23 passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism without mentioning Omar. The resolution also condemned Islamophobia and white supremacy.
Congresswoman Omar’s supporters have issued an online petition, #WeStandWithIlhan.
The petition alleges that Omar, a black Muslim woman who represents Minnesota, is being targeted by Trump and the Republican Party for discussing the impact of corporate money on the nation’s electoral system.
One person who signed the online petition wrote, “It’s not anti-Semitic to criticize the influence that lobbying has on unconditional support for Israel in spite of their violations of Palestinian human rights and the theft and occupation of their land. This knee jerk response to always protect and fund Israel even in the face of UN reports of their violation of International laws is wrong and self-serving.”
So far, more than 10,000 individuals have signed the petition.
Omar suggested in a tweet that Israel’s U.S. supporters had allegiance to a foreign country.”
Last month, Omar ignited a bipartisan uproar in Washington and in Minnesota when she suggested on Twitter that members of Congress support Israel for money.
The Congressional Black Caucus acknowledged escalating anti-Semitism, such as the slaughter at a Pittsburgh synagogue, but CBC members said condemning Omar feels disingenuous at best when Republicans stood by as Trump said there are good people on both sides in Charlottesville, Virginia, despite the hateful rhetoric spewed by white supremacists against African Americans and Jewish Americans and physical attacks that injured many and killed Heather Heyer.
The Congressional Black Caucus has 52 members of the 235 Democrats in Congress.