Republicans introduced a resolution to condemn and censure members of ‘The Squad’ for “defending foreign terrorist organizations” and “inciting anti-Semitic attacks.”
Last week, Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted “unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” 12 Jewish House Democrats asked Omar to clarify her tweet, and she insisted that she was not making a moral comparison between the United States, Hamas, or the Taliban.
Omar later clarified her tweet, saying that her comments were about “accountability for specific incidents” under investigation by the International Criminal Court: “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
House Democratic leadership released their own statement welcoming the clarification.
Representatives Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman, and Cori Bush are part of ‘the squad.’
Representatives Michael Waltz, Claudia Tenney, and Jim Banks say that Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib “continually lie to the world in attempting to equate Israel’s right to defend itself with the attacks coming from Hamas.”
“We cannot turn a blind eye to members of Congress openly defending terrorist attacks by Hamas against our close ally Israel nor their dangerous rhetoric which has contributed to anti-Semitic attacks across the country,” Representative Waltz said in a press release.
Banks added, “Actions speak louder than squishy words. Speaker Pelosi can let members vote on our resolution, or she can cover for the Hamas Caucus and their anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric.”
“Sadly, this is not out of character for ‘The Squad,’ who have made a habit of trafficking in anti-Semitic rhetoric,” said Rep Tenney. ” Their actions have been completely unchecked by Democratic leadership in the House, even as vile attacks against Jewish Americans are rising. Enough is enough. Anti-Semitism has no place in Congress or the Democratic Party.”