Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill revised a resolution on Thursday condemning antisemitism to include broad condemnation of hate in all its forms.The new legislation now condemns “antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry,” after freshman members and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) accused their leadership of unfairly targeting Ilhan Omar, a representative from Minnesota, over her recent comments accusing Israel advocates of dual loyalties.Omar told Democratic House leadership earlier in the week that she was prepared to vote in favor of a resolution designed to condemn her own remarks on Israel, two senior congressional aides told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. But a backlash from her political allies delayed the motion and shifted the leadership calculus.The resolution passed on Thursday, 407-23, in the US House of Representatives, with Omar's support.Omar renewed controversy over her Israel stance last weekend when she questioned “the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country” at an event with supporters. It was the third instance in as many months in which the freshman congresswoman questioned the patriotism of Americans supportive of Israel.Omar told those leaders she would support the resolution without condition. But ahead of the vote, scheduled for Wednesday, several other freshman and the CBC demanded a revised draft that also condemned Islamophobia and other forms of hate. Those revisions were published on Thursday, and have led to broad criticism from more senior members of the party as well as its Jewish members.Sarsour is a known activist for her support of antisemitism and BDS. Sarsour in the past has defended the legality of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as well as defended Omar for supporting the BDS movement in addition to this occurence.Sarsour helped lead the national Women's March, which lost a number of sponsors due to concerns about antisemitism from Sarsour and her colleagues.In 2012, Sarsour wrote that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” on her Twitter page, a post which she has still not removed.Sarsour in addition has notedly encouraged the stoning of the Israel Defense Forces and has been photographed with a former Hamas operative jailed by the Israeli authorities in the 1990s, all the while acknowledging having many male relatives in Israeli prisons.Michael Wilner and Alon Einhorn contributed to this report.
Intoday, I reported on CAIR & Linda Sarsour anti-Israel, anti-Semitic #IStandWithIlhan lobbying. CAIR reps & backers (♀yellow coat, tall♂) acted as bouncers to Rashida Tlaib's office, blocking me from entry, then taunting me. Done, they returned to their base: CAIR. pic.twitter.com/yrYDaimGLc— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) March 7, 2019