Over two hundred rabbis have signed a letter demanding that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for allegedly inciting attacks on American Jews.

Rabbis Sound Off

“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,” the rabbis wrote, according to Fox News. “To protect Jewish Americans and, moreover, safeguard the integrity of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we thus insist upon the removal of Rep. Omar from her appointment.”

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“Rep. Omar’s unfounded assertion that Israel committed ‘unthinkable atrocities’ by defending lives against an openly genocidal terror organization is not merely offensive, it is pernicious – for it is grounded in the blood libel and the calumny that Jews poisoned wells during the Black Death,” they added.

“Without anything resembling a forceful response from the Democratic Party, tolerance of anti-Jewish hatred has proliferated,” the rabbis said. 

Rabbis Double Down

Not stopping there, the rabbis said that they had warned against putting Omar on the Foreign Affairs Committee back in 2019 and accused her and her allies of “playing identity politics.”

“When 12 Jewish Democrats in the House rightfully denounced Rep. Omar’s abhorrent bigotry, the Congressional Progressive Caucus stooped to playing identity politics, cravenly claiming that the motivation for the condemnation was opposition to Rep. Omar as a ‘Black, Muslim woman’ rather than her anti-Semitic animus,” the rabbis continued.

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The letter was signed by a total of 212 American rabbis and 12 rabbis from overseas, including Canada and Israel, and it was sent to Pelosi by the Coalition of Jewish Values and its president, Rabbi Pesach Lerner. The rabbis pointed out that the group had condemned a Republican, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), for what they called “insensitive statements.”

This came after Pelosi said on Friday that Democrat leadership won’t take further action against Omar over a controversial tweet that asserted the U.S. and Israel, like Hamas and the Taliban, were guilty of “unthinkable atrocities.” Omar later backed down a bit by claiming that she didn’t mean to equate the U.S. and Israel with the terrorist groups.

This piece was written by James Samson on June 17, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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