Tag: Israel / Middle East

College President Blocks Effort to End Study Abroad Program in Israel

The College Council at Pitzer College, a private school in Claremont, California, voted to end its partnership and study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel, citing mistreatment of Palestinians, but the college president vetoed the resolution. Members voted for the move despite the fact that the University of Haifa has the largest […]

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‘Stand with Israel’ and ‘Stand with Ilhan’ Chants Compete in Nancy Pelosi’s Office

Pro-Israel demonstrators poured into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office Thursday, calling on her to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar and antisemitism. They were interrupted by two pink-clad “Stand with Ilhan” counter-protesters. Rabbi Aryeh Spero of the National Conference of Jewish Affairs organized the sit-in and from outside Pelosi’s office, went after the speaker’s failure to condemn Rep. […]

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Bernie Sanders Campaign Spox Asks if American Jews Hold ‘Dual Allegiance’ to Israel

Belén Sisa, the Latino press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2020 presidential campaign, has apologized for questioning whether American Jews hold “dual allegiance” to Israel, Politico reported Tuesday evening. Sisa reportedly asked the question on Facebook Sunday as part of a larger discussion about her support for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who came under […]

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Gabbard Declines to Say Assad Is a ‘War Criminal’ — ‘If the Evidence Is There, There Should Be Accountability’

Sunday during a town hall event broadcasted on CNN, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, would not take the opportunity to call Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a “war criminal,” citing the need for more evidence. “I think the evidence needs to be gathered,” Gabbard said. “And as I have said […]

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Netanyahu Warns Hamas After Latest Terror Balloons: ‘Don’t Test Us’

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas that a major IDF operation was not out of the question, and told the Gaza-ruling terror group “not to test us” as violence continued to flare up around the border area, with the weekend seeing another explosives-laden cluster of balloons land in Israeli territory.  “We have recently […]

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Washington Post Fact-Checks Trump’s Claim Democrats Have ‘Become Anti-Jewish Party’

The Washington Post‘s Eugene Scott has decided to fact-check President Donald Trump’s claim Friday: “The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They’ve become an anti-Jewish party, and that’s too bad.” The president made that statement after Democrats passed a weak resolution on antisemitism that failed to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her recent hateful remarks […]

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Blue State Blues: When Will Media Ask Democrats to Disavow David Duke?

When former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke endorsed President Donald Trump for president in 2015, the media could not stop talking about it — no matter how many times Trump disavowed Duke’s support. Yet on Thursday, when Duke applauded Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), calling her “the most important Member of the US Congress,” and tweeting […]

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Ilhan Omar Takes Victory Lap: Antisemitism Resolution First Vote Against ‘Anti-Muslim Bigotry’

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) celebrated the passage of a resolution against antisemitism in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, even though her own antisemitic remarks triggered the vote, because it was the first time Congress had condemned “Anti-Muslim bigotry.” The World Jewish Congress criticized Democrats for “watering down” language on antisemitism after including a […]

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World Jewish Congress: Democrats Watered Down Resolution on Antisemitism

World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder criticized the U.S. House of Representatives for “watering down” a resolution on antisemitism Thursday that House Democrats broadened to include a variety of other groups. The resolution, which passed 407-23, was prompted by the recent antisemitic remarks of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). However, Democratic Party leaders ensured that […]

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Democrat Jan Schakowsky Defends Ilhan Omar: ‘She Comes from a Different Culture’

Appearing on MSNBC Thursday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)  attempted to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), suggesting that her repeated antisemitism be met with more understanding because she is a Somalian refugee. [embedded content] A partial transcript is as follows: HALLIE JACKSON: It’s our understanding it’s been reported that in that feisty caucus meeting yesterday, you stood up and […]

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2020: Democratic Candidates Undermine State Dept’s Definition of Antisemitism with Ilhan Omar Defense

TEL AVIV — In defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s antisemitic tropes suggesting pro-Israel interests pushed allegiance to a “foreign country” or that pro-Israel politicians are motivated by financial support, some progressive Democrats seem to be arguing against the State Department’s very definition of antisemitism. Prominent among Omar defenders are Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth […]

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Nancy Pelosi Overrules Engel’s Call for Ilhan Omar to Apologize for ‘Vile Antisemitic Slur’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday did not call for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to apologize for her latest anti-Jewish remark, overruling House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), who demanded the freshman congresswoman apologize for her “vile antisemitic slur” last week. Speaking before reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, Pelosi said she doesn’t believe Omar […]

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Pollak: Democrats Can’t Condemn Antisemitism but Trump Said ‘Very Fine People’ in Charlottesville

Five months after an antisemitic gunman murdered eleven Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the worst attack on Jews in American history, the Democratic Party is struggling to condemn antisemitism. House Democrats were to have voted Wednesday on a resolution on antisemitism, after first-year Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) used what Rep. Eliot […]

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Report: Democrats to Condemn ‘All Hate,’ Not Anti-Semitism Specifically, in Resolution

According to a report, House Democrats will not condemn anti-Semitism specifically following the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), but will instead condemn “all hate” in general. Last month, Ilhan Omar created fresh controversy by making an anti-Semitic comment implying that pro-Israel Americans had an “allegiance to a foreign country.” Omar suggested earlier in February that […]

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Pollak: ‘Legitimate Criticism’ of Israel is Democrats’ Phony Excuse for Ilhan Omar’s Antisemitism

House Democrats failed Wednesday to introduce a resolution condemning antisemitism, which had been promised in response to the latest antisemitic remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to contain the political damage, claiming that repeat-offender Omar was not “intentionally antisemitic.” Other Democrats found another excuse: they claimed criticizing Omar […]

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Leftists Rally for Ilhan Omar: Right to Speak Out About ‘Apartheid’ Israel, ‘Generational,’ ‘Political Shift’ 

Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour led a rally on Wednesday at the steps of the Supreme Court with a large group of other leftist activists and organizations to express “unequivocal solidarity” with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her recent remarks deemed anti-semitic. The rally was in response to House Democrats drafting a resolution condemning anti-semitism […]

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Bernie Sanders Defends Ilhan Omar in Antisemitism Crisis: ‘Legitimate Criticism’

Senator and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) accused House Democrat leadership of targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as lawmakers draft a resolution condemning antisemitism prompted by her latest anti-Jewish remarks. In a statement Wednesday, Sanders called antisemitism a “hateful and dangerous ideology” that must be “vigorously opposed” in the worldwide. “We must not, however, […]

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Report: Ilhan Omar Will Be Able to Edit Antisemitism Resolution

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Wednesday that the House Foreign Affairs Committee would draft a new resolution against antisemitism, meaning that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) would be able to edit it. Pelosi appointed Omar to the committee — Omar’s first choice — in January, despite concerns about her record of radical […]

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Nancy Pelosi Defends Ilhan Omar: Not ‘Intentionally Antisemitic’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Wednesday, telling reporters that while Omar had made anti-Jewish remarks in recent weeks, she had not been “intentionally antisemitic.” Pelosi’s remarks were reported by Jake Sherman of Politico, after a meeting of House Democrats “erupted into a full-scale brawl” over disagreements about […]

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Report: Democrats in ‘Full-Scale Brawl’ over Antisemitism Resolution

House Democrats cannot agree on a resolution to condemn antisemitism, and a closed-door meeting Wednesday to discuss the issue reportedly collapsed into infighting as rank-and-file members challenged the party leadership. The meeting “erupted into a full-scale brawl Wednesday,” the Washington Post reported, as some “protested plans to vote this week on a resolution condemning religious hatred, […]

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Video: Linda Sarsour Refuses to Acknowledge Israel’s Right to Exist

Women’s March co-leader Linda Sarsour on Wednesday refused to respond when asked if Israel has the right to exist after promising to answer the question following a Washington, DC, rally in support of Rep. Ilhal Omar (D-MN), who is under fire for repeated antisemitic remarks. In exclusive footage captured by Breitbart News, videographer Matthew Perdie confronts Sarsour about […]

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Linda Sarsour: Pelosi Doing ‘Dirty Work of Powerful White Men’ with Antisemitism Condemnation

Linda Sarsour, co-leader of the embattled Women’s March, attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House Democrats draft a resolution condemning antisemitism following blowback from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) latest anti-semitic remarks. Omar became the center of controversy after suggesting last week that lawmakers are pressured by pro-Israel groups to take a pledge of “allegiance to a foreign […]

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