Trump: Omar's 'terrible' comments 'dark day for Israel'

The Democratic leadership in the US House of Representatives is working on a new resolution condemning antisemitism in the wake of controversial remarks by Omar.

March 5, 2019 11:43
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Trump: Omar's 'terrible' comments 'dark day for Israel'

Ilhan Omar. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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President Donald Trump joined the fray on Tuesday in commenting on Rep. Ilhan Omar's contentious Israel remarks.

"Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel," Trump tweeted. "Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel" 

The Democratic leadership in the US House of Representatives is working on a new resolution condemning antisemitism in the wake of controversial remarks by Omar,  who has said that domestic support for Israel amounts to “allegiance to a foreign country.”
A source confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Democratic leadership of the US House of Representatives, including the Speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California, was drafting the resolution.

A draft of the resolution posted Monday afternoon on Twitter by a USA Today reporter does not name Omar. However, it alludes to the controversy. In its preamble, the resolution lists multiple forms of antisemitism, including accusations of dual loyalty, which, the resolution says, “have an insidious, bigoted history.”

This comes after weeks of outcry by some Jews and Jewish organizations upset over Omar's various remarks on Israel. CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt has called on Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to table a resolution in Congress condemning antisemitism, in light of repeated antisemitic comments by Omar.

Jeremy Sharon and JTA contributed to this report.

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