One other big-name Democrat has criticized Ilhan Omar’s controversial remarks about Israel which have spurred allegations of anti-Semitism.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slammed Rep. Omar, D-Minn., accusing her of “crossing a line that shouldn’t be crossed” in a piece revealed within the Atlantic on Thursday. The criticism additional highlights the rising divide within the Democratic Social gathering on cope with Omar’s feedback.
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“Her remarks aren’t anti-Israel; they’re anti-Semitic,” Emanuel, who’s Jewish, wrote for the journal.
“Whether or not consciously or not, Consultant Omar is repeating among the ugliest stereotypes about Jews—tropes which have been unleashed by anti-Semites all through historical past. She is casting Jewish Individuals as the opposite, suggesting a twin loyalty that calls our devotion to America into query.”
“For hundreds of years, this trope has been geared toward Jews in international locations all over the world. In embracing it, Omar is associating herself with calamities from the Spanish Inquisition to the Russian pogroms to the Holocaust. That’s not historic firm that any American ought to need to maintain.”
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Emanuel additionally wrote about instances when he has confronted the “cost of dual-allegiance” throughout his political profession, earlier than closing the piece on a hopeful notice.
“I typically say that solely in America may the son and grandson of immigrants develop into the chief of employees to the president and mayor of certainly one of its largest cities. I absolutely anticipate Muslim Individuals to comply with this well-trod path,” it reads.
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“Little doubt, such candidates must overcome allegations of dual-loyalty and of taking marketing campaign contributions from fellow-Muslims with nefarious objectives in thoughts. And after they do, Jewish Individuals like me will come to their protection—as a result of we all know the ache and potential injury of those bigoted stereotypes. It’s time for Omar to study that lesson.”
The Chicago mayor’s piece was revealed after Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “greatly surprised” by the rising dissent and anger amongst rank-and-file Democrats over a doable decision to formally condemn anti-Semitism, a Democratic supply informed Fox Information on Wednesday.
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Pelosi even reportedly walked out of a gathering Wednesday with Democrat Home members, setting down her microphone and telling attendees, “Effectively for those who’re not going to take heed to me, I’m achieved speaking.”
The stalled decision originated after Omar, for at the least the second time in current months, ignited an uproar for echoing tropes critics have deemed anti-Semitic.
In February, she advised on Twitter that supporters of Israel have been purchased. The congresswoman then accused American supporters of Israel of pushing individuals to have “allegiance to a international nation.”
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Omar — who additionally tweeted in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world, might Allah awaken the individuals and assist them see the evil doings of Israel” — refused to deal with questions on Wednesday about accusations that she’s anti-Semitic.
A pissed off senior Home Democratic aide informed Fox Information on Tuesday: “Right here we’re once more, combating with ourselves. I’ve spent one other week coping with this and never on coverage.”
A vote on the decision, which was initially deliberate for earlier this week, didn’t seem on the Home’s official docket for Thursday.
Fox Information’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.