House Passes ProIsrael Resolution After Rep. Jayapal's Comments

House Passes ProIsrael Resolution After Rep. Jayapal's Comments


The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday, affirming its support for Israel and rebuking comments by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., about Israel being a "racist state." File photo by Samuel Corum/UPI
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting Israel and condemning the parliament. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said Israel is a "racist nation." File photo Samuel Corum/UPI | License image

July 19/2009 (DWT) President Premila Jayapal called Israel "racist" and decided to stop aid to Israel. The vote comes a day before Israeli President Isaac Herzog addresses a joint session of the House.

He proposed a resolution by Deputy. August Pfluger, R-Texas, said, "The government of Israel is not a racist or apartheid state, Congress rejects all forms of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and the United States remains Israel's strongest ally and supporter."

The bipartisan vote was 412-9, with nine Democrats dissenting, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Jayapal, D-Wash., who has since apologized for his comments at a policy conference last weekend, voted for the bill.

Jayapal made the comments to pro-Palestinian protesters chanting "Free Palestine" after interrupting a panel discussion at the Netroots Nation conference in Chicago on Saturday.

"As someone who has taken to the streets and participated in many demonstrations, I want you to know that we are trying to convey that Israel is an apartheid state and that the Palestinian people deserve self-determination and autonomy," Jayapal told the protesters. .

Jayapal later retracted his comments, saying he "doesn't think Israeli ideas are racist" and apologized to those who were "offended by my comments".

Democratic leaders have also questioned Jayapal's claim that Israel is not a racist state.

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, House Democratic Leader Kathryn Clark, House Democratic Leader Pete Aguilar and Deputy Leader Ted Lieu said in a statement, "We, the Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives, strongly support Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state." The people

"We are committed to a strong two-state solution so that Israelis and Palestinians can live together in peace and prosperity."

After the vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of California welcomed the decision.

"I think you've seen an increase in anti-Semitism over the years, even among some members of Congress. And I think it's important that we always have strong support for our great ally, Israel, and against anti-Semitism." Scalise said.

The House of Representatives vote took place on the same day that Israeli President Isaac Herzog was in Washington, where he met with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and President Joe Biden at the White House.

"It is good to see again Mr. President, a true friend of mine and a friend of the Israeli government, who for many years, 50 years ago, has demonstrated his deep commitment to a strong alliance between Israel and Israel. The United States. The United States." Herzog tweeted after Tuesday's meeting.

"Israel and the United States are strong democracies, and our alliance is based on shared values ​​and transcends any political differences," Herzog added.

Duke plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to mark Israel's 75th anniversary.

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