"Rep. Omar's willingness to voice badly needed and substantive critiques about Israeli government policies and disturbing trends in American foreign policy has earned her public condemnation, slander, and even threats of physical violence".
House Democrats are planning to put forward a resolution on Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism, following repeated remarks by Omar suggesting that the allegiance of American Jews is primarily with Israel, The Times of Israel reported Monday.
This is the second time in a month that Gottheimer and other House Democrats have criticized Omar.
Muslim Congresswoman Strikes Again, Facing New Anti-Semitism Charges
The latest controversy follows comments Omar made at an event last Wednesday at Busboys and Poets, a politically minded coffee shop and restaurant chain in Washington, D.C., that held a "progressive town hall" with Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
Barely two months ago, Omar was celebrated as somewhat of a poster congresswoman: the first naturalized USA citizen from Africa, first Somali-American, first hijab-wearing Muslim and first minority woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She raised entirely legitimate concerns about United States support for the murderous apartheid government of Israel & the subservience of U.S. politicians to the agenda of a foreign power.
It appears Rep. Omar, in the full statement, is questioning the power of lobbying groups working for the interests and policies of Israel and not, specifically, questioning people of the Jewish faith.
President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy a day ahead of the vote, calling it a "dark day" for Israel. Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, also declined to comment.
Omar has apologized-at least tacitly-for those posts, but not for the dual loyalty slur, also a common anti-Semitic line of attack. She shared a news report about the West Virginia Republican Party likening her to a terrorist that was found on a display inside the statehouse.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) being interviewed by Yahoo News on January 30, 2018.
Omar added that "I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it".
That split has helped drive the response to Omar's latest remarks. "I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks". Engel has not called for Omar's removal from his panel, as some House Republicans have done. Democrats and Republicans alike have responded with a torrent of criticism for Omar's echoing these anti-Semitic tropes. The House unanimously approved it - with Omar's support.
"As someone who's Jewish, the idea that you question my loyalty to the country as a lawmaker because of my religion is obviously offensive and deeply hurtful", said Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey.
Asked by CNN's Erin Burnett on "Erin Burnett OutFront" whether he was considering stripping the Minnesota Democrat of her spot on the committee, a move that has largely been pushed by Republicans, Rep. Eliot Engel replied, "No, I'm not close to it".