Cruz to introduce resolution condemning anti-Semitism

Rep. Ilhan Omar attends a news conference in Washington in November

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wasn't being intentionally anti-Semitic, but she's usually pretty dead certain that President Trump's motives for his speech are the worst.

After hours of debate on wording, the US House of Representatives on Thursday passed an anti-hate resolution condemning anti-Semitism, discrimination against Muslims, and other forms of bigotry against minorities.

The House passed the resolution in a 407-23 vote, with Democrats attempting to overcome a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next year's elections.

The flap over Omar's comments exposed differences in the Democratic caucus, with younger, more liberal Democrats more willing to criticize Israel. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-California) spelled things out clearest, stating that "questioning support for the US-Israel relationship is unacceptable".

"So what we're seeing is a smear campaign that's not only racist and Islamophobic... and it's not only coming from Republican Party... but also from the establishment inside the Democratic Party", he added.

The resolution was originally meant to deliver a direct rebuke of anti-Semitism following comments by a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive by many colleagues.

"I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel".

She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress". The first time was in response to tweets about Jewish money and influence on American politics.

In October a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest attack ever on Jews in America.

Some Democrats complain Omar's comments on Israel ignited this debate but Trump's racially charged rhetoric has led to no similar congressional action.

"Friends, our supporters, you know the Women's March we're going through some rough times and if you know anything about this past week, I'm going to give you some ideas of what we did this week". "You want to control your own politician".

Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, also reacted Friday to an official White House Twitter account's tweet featuring video of Trump's statement about the Democratic Party.

Other prominent Jewish groups, however, welcomed the resolution.

Of the 535 members of the US House and Senate, 35 are Jewish, including just two Republicans, according to the non-partisan American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.

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