Democrats Appoint Boycott-Israel Supporter to House Foreign Affairs Committee

CNS News | 1/17/2019 | Staff
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( – The House Democratic caucus has appointed, to a committee chaired by one of its most pro-Israel members, a Muslim freshman senator who supports the boycott-Israel movement and has come under fire for anti-Israel tweets.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is one of 25 newly-announced members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, its chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) confirmed on Thursday, welcoming what he called a “dynamic and diverse group [that] will bring to the committee new ideas, lively debate, and a shared commitment to advancing America’s interests and values around the world.”

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Engel praised President Trump’s Dec. 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and criticized the Obama administration’s Dec. 2016 decision to abstain rather than veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that describes areas including the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City – the location of the holiest site in Judaism – as “occupied Palestinian territory.”

Now the committee he will chair includes a member who supports the BDS movement – as does Omar’s fellow Muslim colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) – and whose social media criticism of Israel has drawn fire.

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“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” Omar tweeted in November 2012, during an eight-day conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group, triggered by an escalation of rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Omar has also referred to Israel’s elected government as “the apartheid Israeli regime.”

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House Republican leaders slammed the committee appointment.

Noting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are both on record opposing the BDS movement, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement he would “love to know what changed, because Democratic leaders just promoted a pro-BDS Democrat to a key committee that deals with the State of Israel.”

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