Group of House Republicans have introduced a bill to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar as well as three of her fellow “squad” members for comments about Israel.
The resolution was introduced by Reps. Michael Waltz (R-FL), Jim Banks (R-IN), and Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and accuses Omar, Tlaib, AOC, and Pressley of saying things that “publicly support the actions of a recognized terrorist organization.”
The resolution also says that Rep. Ilha “Omar accused the United States of backing crimes against humanity,” notes that “Ocasio-Cortez accused the Government of Israel of committing ”human rights abuses,’ says “Tlaib accused the Government of Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Palestinians,” and accuses Pressley of equating support of Israel to “supporting oppression, violence, and apartheid.”
It concludes these comments as a whole have led to anti-semitic violence in the United States.
Waltz, a Green Beret said “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.”
“I’ve seen firsthand gross atrocities against women and ethnic minorities at the hands of the Taliban. I’ve personally been fired upon by terrorists hiding behind women and children and seen the Taliban place suicide vests on teenagers,” he continued. “For members of the U.S. Congress to make equivalencies to Israel and the American military, which puts its own soldiers at risk to avoid civilian casualties, is ignorant of the facts, shameful, and should be condemned in the strongest terms.”
Rep. Tenney said “Last week, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Sadly, this is not out of character for ‘The Squad,’ who have made a habit of trafficking in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Their actions have been completely unchecked by Democratic leadership in the House, even as vile attacks against Jewish Americans are rising,” she added.
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is expected to introduce a separate resolution to remove Rep. Omar from her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.