Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is in hot water again.
Omar implied at a bookstore event in Washington that her critics accuse her of being an anti-Semite to shut down legitimate debate about Israel. She went onto question why many Americans push allegiance to a foreign country.
I thought Congresswoman Omar would back away from anything that looked like anti-Semitism after apologizing less than a month ago for a similarly enraging tweet. But it seems as though she is digging her heels in and exposing a generational and ideological divide among Democrats.
The Democratic chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee harshly criticized Omar’s remarks in a statement, calling it “unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views.”
Last week, the House voted on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry. Leader Pelosi made it clear that this resolution goes beyond a rebuke of Congresswoman Omar.
But tensions within the Democratic Party have been growing over the past week, as leadership has been under pressure to disavow Omar’s comments but also avoid falling in line with the conservative campaign against her.
Let’s get to the point:
There is room to question U.S. policy engagement with Israel but that cannot be poisoned with anti-Semitism. The Omar controversy has illuminated a rift within the party that must be addressed, and a resolution isn’t the answer.