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.
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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.
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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.
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THE URGENT NEED TO REMOVE REP. OMAR FROM THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
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.Read More →
January 23, 2019
On December 19, 2018, President Donald Trump announced by tweet that he was withdrawing most of the American troops currently in Syria. The President wrote, “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” Trump also promised in a video message on Twitter that “Our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back and they’re coming back now. We won.”
There are about 2200 U.S. soldiers in Syria. 2000 of these troops are in the northeast, where they direct the air and land war against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), in coordination with the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF). The remaining 200 are at al-Tanf, a crucial base at the Syrian-Iraqi border which blocks Iran from completing its land bridge to Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. In both areas, the U.S. troops have very rarely been exposed to combat situations. Four Americans were killed on Wednesday in an attack by ISIS in Syria, and six U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 2014.
Since his initial announcement, the President and his aides have somewhat walked back these tweets. Although some U.S. troops have begun to leave, it is unclear exactly how long it will take, and whether the 200 troops in al-Tanf are to be included.
What are the ramifications of a U.S. withdrawal from Syria? And what are the national security interests that favor the U.S. staying the course there? To explore these questions and more, EMET is honored to host Professor Efraim Inbar from Jerusalem for a phone seminar.Read More →