More than 200 rabbis have written a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to criticize her for not removing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Foreign Affairs Committee after comparing Israel with the terrorist organization Hamas.
“In this, you stand in the tradition of your father, a staunch advocate for the safety of Jews in Europe and the Holy Land. But recent events involving Rep. Omar have demonstrated that our apprehension was in no way exaggerated,” the Coalition for Jewish Values letter said.
“Failure to act at this juncture would allow antisemitism to not only fester in Congress, but also inflame it in cities across America,” it added.
The letter also accused Pelosi of her role in Omar’s statement. “Thus your reply that Rep. Omar ‘has a point that she wanted to make, and she has a right to make that point’ is both acceptance of bigotry and an abdication of leadership.”
The letter also said, “We reiterate that the mob attacks on American Jews today are directly attributable to the rhetoric of Rep. Omar and those who stand with her within and beyond Congress. ”
Breitbart News reported, “Omar made remarks during a hearing she attended virtually to question Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The tweet in which Omar attached a video of her remarks said, ‘We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.’
“The tweet continued, ‘We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.’”
The rabbis offer a strong argument for Omar’s removal, yet Pelosi appears unlikely to pursue further action. The events appear to reveal not only Omar, but approval by Democrats, of antisemitic rhetoric.