The new Resolution on anti-Semitism passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives is a much-needed step, and we are pleased to see that it passed. The text of this Resolution is thorough in addressing the history, range, and insidious nature of anti-Semitism, as well as Islamophobia and other forms of hatred and racism. For these truths to be acknowledged publicly by Congress is necessary and timely.
We are concerned, however, that this action will not be enough to counter the repeated anti-Semitic comments by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and other members of the House of Representatives. When Rep. Omar alleged that AIPAC was buying support for Israel from Congress, a similar resolution was passed. Not only did Rep. Omar proceed to make further problematic statements, but she also went as far as to use that controversy for her own fundraising. Furthermore, the Resolution fails to mention Omar by name. Now that her anti-Semitic statements have become a pattern, Congress should have the courage to call her out clearly.
Moving forward, resolutions are not enough to resist the hatred and anti-Semitism bubbling up across American society and in the highest levels of our government.
American Jewish Congress