Rep Omar Faces Petition to Be Removed from Committee After Backlash over Continued Israel Comments

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Representative Ilhan Omar is facing renewed calls for her removal from House committee appointments after backlash for comments she made about the nation of Israel.

In a petition obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, multiple Jewish organizations called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Eliot Engel to strip Omar of her committee assignments.

“In light of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent anti-Semitic tweets, statements, and address before Islamic Relief USA on Saturday, February 23rd, we, the undersigned organizations, request that you immediately remove her as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” the petition read.

The petition also pointed out the repeated comments she has made about Israel and those that support the nation.

“We hope you will continue to demonstrate your commitment to the high moral standards of your office by removing Rep. Omar, a woman who has repeatedly exhibited strong biases against the State of Israel and the Jewish people, from this critically important and sensitive committee,” said the letter.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Engel, who is Jewish, condemned her comments in a statement.

“I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives.”

As IJR previously reported, Omar recently called out Israel supporters again by using the stereotype of dual allegiance.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is O.K. for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” said Omar.

The House has already passed a unanimous resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, but it is uncertain if congressional leadership will take action against the representative.

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Diana Price
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Omar is seriously in need of schooling. She doesn’t seem to understand the difference between support and allegiance. She is not qualified for the Foreign affairs committee.

Screwtape
Member

Omar and Tlaib are more vulnerable than AOC, who gets all the press as the photogenic “it” girl and I really meant the last two words.

Ryan Orlando
Member

Attempts to make Ilhan Omar’s comments out as Anti-Semitic are really just a mechanism to sidestep an indefensible relationship with Israel. Something of note is if you look at all the organizations who are on that letter they are literally all Pro-Israel and some even Anti-Muslim (ACT for America). Ilhan Omar is being punished by both Republicans and Democrats for being the only one with the guts to stand up to a corrupt and genocidal state. Unwavering support for Israel must be questioned.

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