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.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 12, 2015 13:46
1 minute read.
Paris shooting

Coffins of Paris kosher market attack being transported to Israel. (photo credit: ZAKA RESCUE AND RECOVERY ORGANIZATION)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"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.

Related Content

August 21, 2018
Iran unveils fourth-generation fighter jet

By ANNA AHRONHEIM