Members of the House GOP are seeking to censure Democrat members of the “Squad” who have made inflammatory comments against Israel as the country faces attacks from the terrorist group Hamas and other Islamic groups.
Reps. Mike Waltz of Florida, Claudia Tenney of Florida, and Jim Banks of Indiana put forth a measure Monday calling out far-left Democrats for defending Palestinian groups and egging on antisemitism domestically.
“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, adding that making equivalencies to Israel and the American military is “shameful and should be condemned.”
Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have been critical of Israel as it defends itself against terror attacks. There were more than 4,000 rockets fired toward Israel, with hundreds falling in Gaza as well.
Omar claimed in a June House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that Israel and the U.S. are comparable to Taliban and Hamas and have committed “crimes against humanity.” Likewise, Tlaib said Israel is guilty of “war crimes” and both Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley joined colleagues in calling Israel an “apartheid” state.
House Republicans are also considering whether or not to strip Omar of her committee assignments. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is weighing putting forth a privileged resolution to remove her specifically from the Foreign Affairs Committee. A spokesman for McCarthy declined to comment further on the matter.
“Reps. Omar, Talib, Pressley and Cortez have repeatedly denigrated America and our closest ally. Democrat leadership finally responded to their unhinged comments last week—with a press release,” said Banks. “Actions speak louder than squishy words. Speaker Pelosi can let members vote on our resolution, or she can cover for the Hamas Caucus and their anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric. We’ll see.”
Twelve Jewish House Democrats released a statement last week condemning Omar for her rhetoric. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrat leadership will not take action against the Minnesota Democrat. Pelosi said “she has a point that she wanted to make and she has a right to make that point.”
Omar has taken the most heat lately. Eight GOP members urged Pelosi in a letter last week to also remove Omar from her committee assignments.