Omar leads 3 of 4 ‘squad’ members in opposition to pro-Israel resolution passed overwhelmingly in House

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It comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention that three members of the “squad” of four radical freshman Democrats led the scant opposition to a resolution opposing an international effort to boycott Israel.

In a bipartisan effort rarely seen these days in Congress, the House overwhelmingly voted in favor of the measure, 398-17. The resolution making it official that the House opposes the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and its efforts to target U.S. companies that do business with Israel, Fox News reported.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., voted against H.Res.246 , as did Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., the other member of the “squad” broke with her fellow progressives in voting for the measure. Five members voted “present.”

The resolution was introduced by Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Ann Wagner, R-Mo.

“A two-state solution remains the best way to justly resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and ensure a future for two peoples living side-by-side in peace, security and prosperity,” the resolution said. “By denying the Jewish claim to a homeland, the BDS Movement is fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and pushes the cause of peace for both Israel and the Palestinians further out of reach. This resolution makes clear that Congress remains committed to a two-state solution and opposes zero-sum efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel.”

Omar, a Somali refugee, and Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, became the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress in 2018 and both have a rich history of anti-Semitic actions.

A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Omar introduced a resolution last week supporting the right to boycott Israel, the New York Post reported. Although she does not mention the Jewish state by name, or reference BDS, the freshman lawmaker put such a boycott on the same scale as boycotting Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

In a play on words, the resolution seeks to affirm the rights of Americans, under the First Amendment of the Constitution, to participate in boycotts that are intended to promote human rights.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., called the measure “disgraceful” in a tweet, citing her “hate towards Israel” to say Omar should not be on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Tlaib, who co-sponsored Omar’s resolution, attacked Israel as a racist nation from the House floor.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House Minority Whip, shared a video of Tlaib’s remarks online while calling for the passage of an actual bill in the Senate.

Scalise tweeted: “Today Squad Member Rep. Tlaib called Israel‘s government racist & outrageously suggested the anti-Semitic BDS movement is equivalent to boycotting Nazi Germany.”

“I stand before you the daughter of Palestinian immigrants,” Tlaib said. “Parents who experienced being stripped of their human rights, the right to freedom of travel, equal treatment. So I can’t stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and the state of Israel.”

For the record, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., was the only Republican to vote “no.”

Tom Tillison

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