After uproar, House addresses anti-Semitism

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Published on March 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

After uproar, House addresses anti-Semitism

The House of Representatives on Thursday brought a resolution to the floor that decries anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy.

The effort comes in the wake of comments by freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar, which some viewed as anti-Semitic.

Lisa Bernhard reports.


After uproar, House addresses anti-Semitism

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**~ The controversy over comments made by freshman Representative Ilhan Omar culminated Thursday in a House of Representatives resolution denouncing anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy.

The Minnesota Representative came under fire last month after appearing on a panel in which she questioned why it's 'okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.'

In the context of the discussion, that country was understood to be Israel - and her question seen by some as anti-Semitic.

The resolution does not name Omar, a Muslim-American - and prior to the bringing it to the House floor Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this: (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: 'I feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude, but that she didn't have a full appreciation of how they landed on other people.'

Omar has been critical of Israel in the past - prompting Republicans to insist she be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and backlash from President Trump.

Among those who have come to her defense, fellow freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted, 'Where are the resolutions against homophobic statements?

For anti-blackness?

For xenophobia?'

Adding, 'If we called a resolution on sexist statements, a good chunk of Congress would be gone.'

Pelosi on Thursday said that despite believing Omar's latest comments were not intended to be anti-Semitic, the House had an obligation to 'remove all doubt'.

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