House Republicans have moved to formally rebuke Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) for her expression of antisemitic sentiment, introducing a resolution to censure the Progressive Caucus leader for her smearing of Israel as a “racist state” at a left-wing political event last weekend.
On Thursday, Reps. Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.), Jeff Duncan R-S.C.), and Randy Weber (R-Texas) filed their resolution which states that the Washington State Democrat “has promoted antisemitic and anti-Israel sentiment through her congressional career,” and goes on to list a number of specific examples.
The resolution also accuses Jayapal of using “antisemitic tropes attacking Israel as a racist or an apartheid state” that “only serve to falsify the historical record and justify continued terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens,” which she did during a panel discussion at the Netroots Nation conference in Chicago.
“I want you to know that we have been fighting to make it clear that Israel is a racist state,” Jayapal stated, “that the Palestinian people deserve self-determination and autonomy, that the dream of a two-state solution is slipping away from us…that it does not even feel possible.”
Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal attempts to appease so-called “Free Palestine” protesters after they hijacked a leftist conference: “We have been fighting to make it clear that Israel is a racist state!” pic.twitter.com/9p2aX6uh4F
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The far-left congresswoman’s hateful remarks sparked a firestorm of outrage with even members of her own party chastising her with a rare rebuke only days before Israeli President Isaac Herzog was scheduled to deliver a joint speech to Congress. Jayapal issued a halfhearted non-apology, saying that she wanted to “clarify my statement” and that “I do not believe that the idea of Israel as a nation is racist,” before going on bash the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as being racist.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) July 16, 2023
“Whereas the United States House of Representatives has an obligation to confront and condemn antisemitism in all its manifestations,” the resolution reads.
“Rep. Jayapal’s statement calling Israel a ‘racist state’ is unacceptable. Israel is America’s greatest ally in the Middle East and to call it ‘racist’ is not only disgustingly antisemitic but threatens the strength of the relationship between our nations,” Rep. Ogles said in a statement to The Daily Caller. “Unfortunately, my colleague’s remarks don’t come as much of a surprise considering her time in Congress has been riddled with anti-Israel sentiments and pro-terrorist comments. Antisemitism is not to be tolerated, which is why I have introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Jayapal and I hope all my fellow representatives join me in condemning her hateful and problematic speech.”
The week also saw Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and members of her “Squad” give the middle finger to the Jewish state by refusing to support a resolution affirming support for Israel and then boycotting President Herzog’s speech, a sign that despite the protestations of some members, antisemitism has firmly taken root with Democrats in the House of Representatives.
If House leaders decide to bring the resolution to the floor for a vote, Jayapal could become the second Democrat to be censured this year, following serial liar and Russiagate conspiracist Adam Schiff who earned the dubious distinction last month.
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