Rep. Ted Deutch: Why Can't House Resolution "Singularly Condemn" Anti-Semitism?

(The Hill) Juliegrace Brufke - Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) called on the House on Thursday to pass a resolution that would "singularly condemn" anti-Semitism in the wake of Rep. Ilhan Omar's recent comments. "We are having this debate because of the language of one of our colleagues, language that suggests Jews like me who serve in the United States Congress and whose father earned a purple heart fighting the Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge, that we are not loyal Americans?" said Deutch. "Why are we unable to singularly condemn anti-Semitism? Why can't we call it anti-Semitism and show we've learned the lessons of history?... It feels like we're only able to call out the use of anti-Semitic language by a colleague of ours...if we're addressing all forms of hatred. And it feels like we can't say it's anti-Semitism unless everyone agrees that it's anti-Semitism." "Jews control the world? Jews care only about money? Jews have dual loyalty and can't be patriotic members of the country in which they live? Words matter. For generations, they have had dangerous consequences for me, for my family and for my people. This shouldn't be so hard."

2019-03-08 00:00:00

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