House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Takes Jab at Omar in AIPAC Speech

Mar 27, 2019, 00:42
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Takes Jab at Omar in AIPAC Speech

The influence AIPAC wields on US politics came under increased scrutiny when Obama was president, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the US Congress without an official invitation from the Obama administration.

Without mentioning Omar by name, Kohr used the podium at the opening of the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington to charge that comments questioning the loyalty of Americans who support Israel are no more than "defamation masquerading as discourse". Referring to $100 bills using a line from a 1990s song produced by Puff Daddy, Omar tweeted, "It's all about the Benjamins baby". She later apologized for what she said. Shortly after her apology for that tweet, Omar suggested in a public statement that lawmakers held a dual loyalty to the USA and Israel. "My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole".

"When you accuse Jews of funding caravans of asylum seekers at our southern border or fail to call out and condemn the rise of white supremacy at home or overseas, you are fanning those flames", Menendez said "There is simply no excuse for unsafe vitriol from any politicians that threatens both the safety of Jewish Americans and Israel's core existence".

After all, in addition to moving the US embassy to Jerusalem after decades and numerous administrations promised, then balked at the notion, President Trump just last week acknowledged and supports Israel's legitimate claim to the Golan Heights, saying "this is about sovereignty and security". Since arriving in Washington, the freshman representative has come under fire by a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers over rhetoric seen as anti-Semitic-including a tweet in which she said USA support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins".

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Top Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren, did not attend this year's confab.

Yet Bass refused to subject Omar to the same equal standard, saying she "absolutely would have a problem" if the House resolution were to call out Omar specifically.

Yet attendees said Democrats need to tackle anti-Semitism directly and without lumping it in with other forms of bigotry.

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"It's misguided to legislatively declare a broad range of nonviolent campus criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, especially at a time when the prime driver of anti-Semitism is the xenophobic, white nationalist far-right", he said. Interestingly, the president declined to attend this year's conference. "It's because America and Israel share a love of freedom and democracy". "And I will push for a bipartisan resolution that puts Congress on record that BDS must be condemned".

More than 2,000 Jewish Agency Shlichim travel to Diaspora communities in 150 countries to strengthen Jewish identity by bringing Israel to local communities, promoting Israel experiences, and facilitating Jewish social activism.

"I can not stay silent when the entire Democratic Party is castigated as Jew haters when what we really need is leadership that unites this nation and the world against the rise of anti-Semitism, hatred and white supremacy across the globe", Menendez said.

Left-wing members of Congress and several Democratic presidential candidates defended the congresswoman, however, noting that the backlash against her had led to threats to her safety.

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