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Pelosi under pressure from Republicans, Jewish groups to drop Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs

Minnesota Democrat involved in another anti-Semitism flap

– The Washington Times – Monday, March 4, 2019

Republicans and Jewish groups ramped up their calls Monday for Democrats to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in response to the latest anti-Semitism uproar involving the first-term congresswoman.

Read the full article at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/4/pelosi-under-pressure-republicans-jewish-groups-dr/

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12 pro-Israel groups call on Pelosi, Engel to remove Omar from House Committee

They also sounded the alarm ahead of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s scheduled appearance at Islamic Relief USA, “whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations.”

By: JNS.org
March 4, 2019

Twelve pro-Israel groups delivered a letter on Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), urging for the removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the committee amid the Minnesota congresswoman’s latest anti-Semitic remarks.  “Speaker Pelosi, you demonstrated wisdom and leadership in rebuking Rep. Omar on February 11 following her use of anti-Semitic stereotypes, and Chairman Engel, your reaction to the classic anti-Semitic trope of the charge of ‘dual loyalty’ about American Jews, that Rep. Omar uttered this weekend at a Washington establishment, was highly appropriate, and we applaud you both for that,” they said.

Read the complete article here: https://www.jns.org/11-pro-israel-groups-call-on-pelosi-engel-to-remove-omar-from-house-committee/?

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House Dems will take floor action to confront Omar’s latest Israel comments

The freshman Democrat is clashing with senior lawmakers who view her remarks as anti-Semitic.

Authored by: Sarah Ferris; John Bresnahan and Heather Caygle 

Published by: Politico


Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats will take floor action Wednesday in response to controversial remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar about Israel, the second such rebuke of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in recent weeks.  Pelosi and other senior Democrats are drafting a resolution to address the controversy, which ballooned over the weekend following a public clash between Omar and senior Jewish lawmakers.

Read the complete article here: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/04/omar-israel-house-democrats-1201881

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Exclusive: Leading Jewish Groups Demand Anti-Semitic Omar Be Removed From Foreign Affairs Committee

Jewish groups slam Omar’s anti-Semitic language, ties to groups advocating terrorism

By: Adam Kredo
The Washington Free Beacon

A group of leading Jewish organizations petitioned the House of Representative’s top Democrats on Monday, demanding that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) be removed from her position on the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee in light of her numerous anti-Semitic remarks and ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Jewish people, according to a copy of a letter exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.


Entire article is available here: https://freebeacon.com/national-security/exclusive-leading-jewish-groups-demand-anti-semitic-omar-be-removed-from-foreign-affairs-committee/

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The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) and 13 other Jewish and pro-Israel organizations delivered a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel calling for the immediate removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar from the committee in light of her recent keynote address seeking to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, an organization that has documented ties to terrorist organizations.

To read the entire letter, please click here

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Diliman Abdulkader, Director of the Kurdistan Project conducted a radio interview on Beyond the Matrix discussing Kurds, Syria, US Troop withdrawal.

Originally published at Israel News Talk Radio.

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On February 7th, EMET held a seminar on Capitol Hill as part of our monthly Capitol Hill Seminar series with Dr. Daniel Pipes of MEF, and Jeff Ballabon. The seminar focused on President Trump’s long awaited “Ultimate Deal” to finally bring peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and whether or not it is likely that the Palestinians will once again walk away from the table, only to be met with a renewed round of violence.

The seminar can be viewed on EMET’s Facebook page.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2019

The Endowment for Middle East Truth applauds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership for their condemnation of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s ugly views about Jews.  We especially wish to single out the comments by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.  Rep. Nadler’s denunciation of Omar is important as he sits on a committee designed to protect the civil rights of Americans.  We believe he recognized Omar’s anti-Semitic comments constitute a deplorable civil rights violation against all people of the Jewish faith.

However, words alone will not suffice.  Speaker Pelosi and House Foreign Affairs chairman Rep. Eliot L. Engel must immediately remove Rep. Omar from the foreign affairs committee.  This committee is one of the most prestigious and coveted seats in all of the House.

There are 235 House Democrats.  Only about one in ten House Members — 25 — are awarded the privilege to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Rep. Omar cannot be one of those 25 sitting Members.

Committee Members on this key committee must display fairness and objectivity in foreign affairs. They also should be committed to the long-standing U.S. foreign policy of staunchly supporting the state of Israel.

Israel came into being when Harry Truman, a great Democratic President, was one of the first world leaders to officially recognize the state of Israel.  Successive American Presidents have pledged their commitment to a free, pluralistic, democratic and safe homeland for the Jewish people.

Through its free elections, the rule of law through its court system and with a free press, Israel protects and all its citizens, including Christians, Arabs, Druze, Bedouin and other minorities. Israel is the only democratic state in all of the Middle East and it needs continued U.S. support.

Rep. Omar has shown that she lacks a sense of fairness and objectivity when it comes to Israel.  She has called Israel “evil,” and repeated many anti-Semitic tropes, including her description in recent days that Jews are ugly, “hook nosed” people, and that Members of Congress support Israel only for money. She does not deserve to have a coveted seat on the foreign affairs committee.

We hope Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Engel will immediately remove Rep. Omar from the committee.

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