Yesterday we told you that Congress was set to vote on a generic resolution condemning anti-Semitism. That vote has now been delayed, and reports indicate that it may get watered down before a vote is called.
On today’s show, we discussed the move by House Democrats to push back the vote on a resolution to officially condemn anti-Semitism. The original resolution did not name Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic, anti-Israel statements--both verbally and in writing on social media. Now it appears that some in the Democrat Caucus want the resolution to include a condemnation of “Islamophobia” – something that has not been at issue.
Remember, it was Rep. Omar who said: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” This is a hurtful, age-old trope of dual allegiance used against Jewish people.
Now House leadership wants to include Islamophobia in a resolution specifically meant to address anti-Semitism. It is a transparent move to water down an already-weak condemnation of Rep. Omar’s actions.
If House Democrats are serious about righting this wrong, there is a concrete action available to them. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team have the authority to remove Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she has an elevated platform to influence the foreign policy of the Unites States—including matters that directly impact Israel.
It should be easy for the U.S. House to unanimously speak out against anti-Semitism, but it is having trouble doing so. Instead of taking swift and decisive action, it appears they are playing political games.
We also updated you on some of the international cases we’re currently working on. We just presented an oral intervention at the U.N. on behalf of Nigeria’s persecuted Christians, including 15-year-old Leah Sharibu who is being held hostage by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram.
We are also engaged on behalf of Christian Pastor John Cao, a U.S. permanent resident from North Carolina currently imprisoned in China. We had the honor of being with Pastor Cao’s family on Capitol Hill last week to urge our government to intervene.
You can listen to the entire episode here.
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