More recently, she said in a Washington panel with fellow Muslim and first-term Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., that "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country". Critics, including some Democratic colleagues and many Republicans, slammed the statements for invoking harmful tropes about "dual loyalty" and Jews and money.
"And I think that the fact that the House Democrats are not able even to just put a simple resolution on the floor condemning anti-Semitism, condemning Representative Omar's remarks, stripping her from her membership on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, tells you where that party is today", Cheney said.
The resolution also "acknowledges the unsafe consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes" and "rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States".
Omar told Democratic House leadership earlier in the week that she was prepared to vote in favor of a resolution created to condemn her own remarks on Israel, two senior congressional aides told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Some Democrats wanted to include language condemning other forms of bigotry and expressed concerns about singling out Omar.
Host Sandra Smith played a clip of President Donald Trump's labeling the Democrats an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish party. Omar, a Somali refugee who resettled in Minnesota, had sparked fiery debate with her repeated criticisms of Israel and how a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington exerts influence on USA politicians. "Our nation is having a hard conversation".
The debate comes amid a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States.
In October a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest attack ever on Jews in America.
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The comments came on the heels of an earlier controversy in which Omar was roundly condemned for suggesting that money is the reason USA lawmakers support the Jewish State.
"What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate".
"But that's okay", he went on.
President Donald Trump tweeted "It is shameful that House Democrats won't take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference".
Other prominent Jewish groups, however, welcomed the resolution.
Pew Research Center says that among Jewish voters in the 2018 midterms, 79 per cent supported Democratic candidates.