US lawmaker calls for amendment after Obama ISIS resolution omits the word 'Jews'

In US president's proposed resolution that would authorize him to use force against ISIS, Jews were not included on list of religious minorities threatened by the group.

February 12, 2015 13:46
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Coffins of Paris kosher market attack being transported to Israel. (photo credit: ZAKA RESCUE AND RECOVERY ORGANIZATION)

US  President Barack Obama, in his proposed resolution for Congress that formally authorizes broad-scale use of force against the Islamic State terrorist organization wherever it is, specifically singles out several ethnic groups threatened by the group: Iraqi Christians, Yezidis and Turkmens. 

The sole Republican Jewish lawmaker in Congress, Lee Zeldin thinks the omission of Jews from the list of groups mentioned is a mistake, telling CNN the targeting of the Kosher deli last month in Paris that left four Jews dead, is proof that ISIS is committed to vicious acts against Jews around the world.

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"I see an understanding, a recognition in the resolution with regards to ISIS attacks on Muslims, on Christians and others, and I didn't see a reference to Jews," the New York Republican told CNN on Wednesday. "And one of the efforts I've been involved in is trying to raise awareness for the rising tide of anti-Semitism." 

If passed, the authorization would be the first bill of its kind to authorize the use of force since Congress voted to authorize the war in Iraq in 2003.

Zeldin questioned whether the Jews were deliberately left out as an ethnic group that ISIS has threatened.

"I think that when the White House is drafting a resolution for the authorization of force, that every single word, every phrase in there is done deliberately -- it has to be," Zeldin told CNN.

"I strongly believe we were reminded in Paris that these radical Islamic extremists, they want to wipe Israel off the map," said Zeldin. "They target not only Jews but our freedom, our exceptionalism as Americans -- the whole western world."

"The pursuit of ISIS includes a threat not just to Muslims, not just to Jews, not just to Christians, but everyone and it all should be recognized in the resolution," he added.

Earlier this week, Obama came under attack particularly in the news and on social media circles, after he appeared to have avoided characterizing as anti-Semitic the January attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris.

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