Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) sounded off on the House of Representative’s anti-bigotry resolution last week in an op-ed on Monday.
Murphy, a Vietnamese immigrant whose family had to flee from their country when she was a girl, spoke out against Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) comments that sparked the resolution, saying she was shocked that Omar had used anti-Semitic stereotypes because she is also a refugee:
“These are classic anti-Semitic tropes. They are rooted in false and ugly stereotypes about the Jewish people that have persisted throughout history, but that are rarely expressed — or, one hopes, believed — in modern America, except by those on the fringes. To hear them from a U.S. representative — especially one who has endured discrimination herself — was stunning.”
“Unfortunately, this well-intentioned process produced a watered-down resolution — one that denounces intolerance in such sweeping language that it feels hollow at its core. We made a point, but missed the point,” Murphy wrote.
“We could have observed that criticism of Israeli policies is legitimate, but disregarding Israel’s positive qualities and singling it out for constant criticism can cross the line from acceptable to unacceptable and, yes, even to anti-Semitic,” she continued.
Last week, we had an opportunity to condemn anti-Semitism in strong, specific terms. Instead, Congress made a point with a watered down resolution—but it missed *the* point. Read my take here in today's @orlandosentinel: https://t.co/xhBRQeT0mw
— Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) March 11, 2019
While she admitted that criticism of Israel’s policies should happen when appropriate, she suggested that the resolution should have focused on reaffirming why the U.S. supports the country
“We could have explained that the U.S.-Israel relationship is special, not for nefarious reasons, but because our two countries have shared values, shared security interests, and a deep historical connection. We could have clarified that the relationship is strong because it enjoys broad-based support from the American people and their elected leaders.”
“Congress could have done all this, but didn’t. So I’m doing it now,” Murphy added.