In a February 15, 2021 announcement, the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1500 traditional, Orthodox rabbis in matters of public policy, called for House Democratic leadership to rescind the appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as Vice Chair of an important House subcommittee with jurisdiction over global human rights.
The group points out that Omar’s history includes support for organizations with ties to Islamic terror and condemnations of Israel which were primary factors causing her to be voted “2019’s Anti-Semite of the Year” by StopAntiSemitism.org. The Democrats named her Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Israel Regional Vice President of the CJV said “I have little doubt that she will abuse the framework of ‘human rights’ to further her campaign to demonize the Jewish State, as the UN Human Rights Council does on an annual basis. Rep. Omar should have been stripped of her committee assignments, rather than rewarded with a promotion.”
“The real concern is that House Democrats are treating Anti-Semitism as a political weapon, abetted by the silence and even backing of Democratic Jewish members,” stated Rabbi Pesach Lerner, President of the CJV. “The action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, coupled with the elevation of Rep. Omar, signals that Congress is now willing to tolerate Anti-Semitism when it is politically advantageous to do so.”
The Democrats Have Now Totally Ignored Minnesotan Hubert H. Humphrey’s Legacy
Not too far from the corner of 38th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis where George Floyd died is the gravesite of former Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey and his wife Muriel.
If Hubert Humphrey were alive today, he would be a champion for the Jewish cause just like he was for the Civil Rights movement.
Hubert Humphrey was someone all Minnesotans looked up to who stood for the same values that made America and the Minnesota DFL Party great. But most importantly, after Hubert Humphrey was elected Vice President of the United States in 1964, he was integral to the passage of principal civil rights legislation, including the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Humphrey was also instrumental in creating the first Department of Housing and Urban Development and initiated the Model Cities. program. Humphrey was present along with Martin Luther King when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
Regarding the State Of Israel, Hubert Humphrey was a true friend of the Jewish state. He had a special relationship with Golda Meir and would travel to Israel to meet with leaders and help provide US military equipment from the US to fight against its Arab enemies.
These same enemies are Rep. Omar’s true friends.
I learned to respect Hubert Humphrey not only because of the type of person he was, trustworthy and loyal to the people who voted him into office but also because he respected the beliefs of all voters no matter who they were. He treated everyone equally and fairly and he was someone everyone could trust.
I Totally Support This Latest Action From Rabbinic Group CJV Against The Democratic Party Leadership
It makes no sense the House Democratic leadership promoted one of their most vocal lawmakers against Israel, Jews and America. Omar has never shown willingness to back down from her Anti-Semitic statements, for which, she should be punished and not rewarded.
It was Omar who stood up in Congress and accused Israel of being an Apartheid State when Apartheid died many years ago in South Africa.
And now Omar and her other squad members continue to refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist peacefully among its Arab neighbors which is a process former President Trump successfully launched before he left office.
That clearly shows that unless House Democratic leadership comes to their senses then Anti-Semitism will continue to live in the halls of Congress.