The Latest: McConnell calls anti-Israel attitudes disturbing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s most recent comments on Israel (all times local):
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he finds rising anti-Israel sentiments “disturbing,” including by “some of the new members of the House of Representatives.”
The Kentucky Republican was asked Tuesday about freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comment last week that suggested Israel’s supporters are pushing lawmakers to pledge “allegiance” to the Jewish state. In response, House Democrats are expected this week to present a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.
McConnell noted that the Senate last month passed a provision that would let states penalize businesses that take part in boycotts or divestments of Israel.
Omar is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement that promotes various forms of boycotts against Israel. McConnell says the BDS movement “is a clear example of rising anti-Israel sentiment in our country which is very disturbing and that’s been underscored by comments of some of the new members of the House of Representatives.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving a fellow freshman a boost in the party’s increasingly bitter split over Israel.
The New York Democrat tweeted Tuesday about her party’s leaders and their plan to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar for suggesting that supporters of Israel pledge “allegiance to a foreign country.” The House is expected to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on Wednesday.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “No one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities.”
Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, has apologized for previous comments about Israel, but she’s not apologizing for the statement that reminded many members of Congress of a Jewish trope about having split loyalties. Republicans have demanded that she be stripped of her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
President Donald Trump says Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s newest remarks about Israel mark a ‘dark day’ for the Jewish state.
He tweeted as House Democrats were preparing a resolution for Wednesday declaring that the House opposes anti-Semitism and bigotry. The measure is part of the Democrats’ pushback against Omar for suggesting last week that American supporters of Israel have conflicted allegiances.
The declaration, written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, comes after the Minnesota Democrat’s remarks suggesting American supporters of Israel are pushing people to have “allegiance to a foreign country.”
Trump, a staunch supporter of Israel, tweeted that “Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel.” He called her remarks “A dark day for Israel!”
The House is expected to vote on the resolution Wednesday.