Rep. Jayapal: We Must Protect Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Right to Critique Israel

"Congress member Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.’s relationship with Israel needs to be protected"

Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 6, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are expected to bring a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to a House vote this week in a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.’s relationship with Israel. After facing criticism, the Democratic leadership added language in the resolution condemning anti-Muslim bias, as well. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who says, “I just want to make sure that we are protecting the right for the first Muslim woman to be in Congress and to question, legitimately, foreign policy toward Israel.”

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