Republicans in Congress just made their move and introduced a bill to censure Ilhan Oar, AOC, and the rest of the ‘Squad’ over comments about Israel. Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., are leading the way in the censure bill.
“We cannot turn a blind eye to members of Congress openly defending terrorist attacks by Hamas against our close ally Israel nor their dangerous rhetoric which has contributed to anti-Semitic attacks across the country,” Waltz said.
“I’ve seen firsthand gross atrocities against women and ethnic minorities at the hands of the Taliban. I’ve personally been fired upon by terrorists hiding behind women and children and seen the Taliban place suicide vests on teenagers,” Waltz said. “For members of the U.S. Congress to make equivalencies to Israel and the American military, which puts its own soldiers at risk to avoid civilian casualties, is ignorant of the facts, shameful, and should be condemned in the strongest terms.”
“Last week, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban,” Tenney said. “Sadly, this is not out of character for ‘The Squad,’ who have made a habit of trafficking in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Their actions have been completely unchecked by Democratic leadership in the House, even as vile attacks against Jewish Americans are rising.”
The bill says:
Condemning and censuring Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Representative RashidaTlaib of Michigan, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts for defending foreign terrorist organizations and inciting anti-Semitic attacks across the United States.
Whereas the State of Israel is a key ally and a strategic partner of the United States; Whereas since Israel’s founding in 1948, Congress has repeatedly expressed our Nation’s unwavering commitment to the security of Israel;
Whereas as a sovereign country, Israel has the right and responsibility to protect itself and its citizens from all forms of terrorism; Whereas Hamas was designated by the Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization on October 8, 1997;
Whereas Hamas is actively engaged in committing war crimes, including using civilians as human shields, which is banned under customary international humanitarian law; Whereas Hamas and its Palestinian terrorist allies in Gaza have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel at nonmilitary targets since the week of May 9, 2021;
Whereas civilians, including women and children, have been killed as a direct result from the actions of Hamas; Whereas Hamas and its Palestinian terrorist allies in Gaza are funded by Iran;
Whereas Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have each referred to Israel as an ‘‘apartheid state’’;
Whereas Representative Omar equated the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban when stating ‘‘We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen un-thinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.’’;
Whereas Representative Tlaib accused the Government of Israel of ‘‘ethnic cleansing’’ against Palestinians;
Whereas Representative Tlaib claimed that Israel, our democratic ally, is ‘‘promoting racism and dehumanization’’;
Whereas Representative Omar argued that Israel’s military response to Hamas’s strikes was ‘‘an act of terrorism rather than an act of self-defense; Whereas Representative Omar accused the United States of backing crimes against humanity;
Whereas Representative Ocasio-Cortez claimed the Israeli military is ‘‘inhumane’’ and responsible for ‘‘inflicting violence’’;
Whereas Representative Ocasio-Cortez accused the Government of Israel of committing ‘‘human rights abuses’’; Whereas Representative Pressley equated any support of our democratic ally to supporting oppression, violence, and apartheid;
Whereas Representative Pressley accused Israel of ‘‘egregious human rights violations’’; Whereas each of the claims made by Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley inaccurately depict the democracy of Israel as an oppressive, violent, abusive nation;
Whereas these claims publicly support the actions of a recognized terrorist organization over the defense of one of our long-time allies; and Whereas these false claims, further perpetuated over social media, have resulted in increased violence and anti-Semitic hate crimes throughout the United States: Now, therefore, be it
That the House of Representatives condemns Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts for defending foreign terrorist organizations and perpetuating a narrative that has incited anti-Semitic attacks across the United States;
Representative Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Tlaib, Representative Omar, and Representative Pressley each be censured; Representative Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Tlaib, Representative Omar, and Representative Pressley each forthwith present themselves in the well of the House of Representatives for the pronouncement of censure; and Representative Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Tlaib, Representative Omar, and Representative Pressley each be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the Speaker.
‘ENOUGH’: Republicans Introduce Bill to Censure Omar, ‘Squad’ for Anti-Israeli Rhetoric https://t.co/wngT0nPRpS— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 14, 2021