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Coalition of 1500 Rabbis Call for the Removal of Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs Committee

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In a February 15, 2021 announcement, the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1500 traditional, Orthodox rabbis in matters of public policy, called for House Democratic leadership to rescind the appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as Vice Chair of an important House subcommittee with jurisdiction over global human rights.

The group points out that Omar’s history includes support for organizations with ties to Islamic terror and condemnations of Israel which were primary factors causing her to be voted “2019’s Anti-Semite of the Year” by StopAntiSemitism.org. The Democrats named her Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Israel Regional Vice President of the CJV said “I have little doubt that she will abuse the framework of ‘human rights’ to further her campaign to demonize the Jewish State, as the UN Human Rights Council does on an annual basis. Rep. Omar should have been stripped of her committee assignments, rather than rewarded with a promotion.”

“The real concern is that House Democrats are treating Antisemitism as a political weapon, abetted by the silence and even backing of Democratic Jewish members,” stated Rabbi Pesach Lerner, President of the CJV. “The action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, coupled with the elevation of Rep. Omar, signals that Congress is now willing to tolerate Antisemitism when it is politically advantageous to do so.” 

It makes no sense the House Democratic leadership promoted one of their most vocal lawmakers against Israel, Jews and America. Omar has never shown willingness to back down from her Antisemitic statements, for which, she should be punished and not rewarded.

It was Omar who stood up in Congress and accused Israel of being an Apartheid State when Apartheid died many years ago in South Africa.

And now Omar and her other squad members continue to refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist peacefully among its Arab neighbors which is a process former President Trump successfully launched before he left office.

That clearly shows that unless House Democratic leadership comes to their senses then Anti-Semitism will continue to live in the halls of Congress.

Original article by Tzemach Yehudah Richter can be viewed here.