Tuesday 15 October 2019

Democrats turn on each other amid claims of anti-Semitism


Ilhan Omar. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Ilhan Omar. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Rozina Sabur

A row over anti-Semitism erupted in the US yesterday as the Democratic Party leadership tried to pass a resolution seen as condemning one of its own members.

Senior Democrats wanted a statement to be adopted by the House of Representatives condemning "the dangerous consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes".

It was viewed as a direct rebuke of Ilhan Omar, a newly elected Democrat congresswoman. However, there was a backlash from fellow Democrats who said Ms Omar was being unfairly singled out.

Ms Omar, who has been reprimanded over comments on Israel in the two months she has been in office, caused the latest row with a tweet. It said: "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee."


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