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Rabbi Declares Omar 'Unfit', Pushes Pelosi Sit-In to Confront Democratic Anti-Semitism

03-14-2019
Rabbi Aryeh Spero confronts anti-Semitism during a sit-in at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office (Photo: screen capture)

A "sit-in" to combat anti-Semitism was held Thursday at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) congressional office in Washington, DC.

Spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA) Rabbi Aryeh Spero called for the event, announcing it as an "emergency action" to address the lack of a clear rejection of anti-Semitism by Democrats in the House of Representatives.

"Omar should be censured and, beyond that, removed from the powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that Speaker Pelosi surprisingly granted to this first-year legislator. Omar's thinking, her conduct, and her blithe willingness to inject anti-Semitic tropes into the legislative process make her unfit to hold such a strategic position," Rabbi Spero said.

The Rabbi's call to action follows repeated charges of anti-Semitism against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

CBN News reported this month the bipartisan criticism Omar received in exchange for comments made against Israel at a town hall event. Omar said she wanted to discuss the political influence in this country that declares "it is ok for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."

That dual-allegiance accusation has been considered an anti-Semitic trope for centuries. And it's not the first time the Muslim congresswoman has spoken poorly of the Jewish state and its supporters in recent months.

As a result of her derogatory comments, accusations of anti-Semitism quickly emerged from members of her own party. They pushed for a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, but the effort was watered down by other House Democrats who chose not to focus on Rep. Omar's comments but instead to condemn all forms of bigotry.

In a recent interview with CBN News's Faith Nation, Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump reelection campaign, said the anti-Semitic remarks by lawmakers like Rep. Omar are not good for America.

"This is not a one-time thing for Ilhan Omar. There have been multiple remarks. Likewise, we have seen some comments that are similar from Rashida Tlaib and certainly those around her," McEnany said. "You know this is something that we should all stand against... there's no doubt she shouldn't be sitting on the Foreign Affairs Committee."

McEnany and others have called on House Speaker Pelosi to take action and remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee since she shown she's opposed to America's top democratic ally in the Middle East.

At this time, it is unknown whether Democrats will allow Omar to keep her seat on the committee.

 

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