GOP senators introduce resolution condemning antisemitic violence amid 'horrific' spike in attacks

GOP senators introduce resolution condemning antisemitic violence amid 'horrific' spike in attacks
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A group of about a dozen Republican lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution to condemn antisemitism and criticisms of the Israeli government from other lawmakers.

The lawmakers cited pro-Palestinian protests around the world, antisemitic incidents that have recently taken place in the U.S. and abroad, as well as criticisms of the Israeli government and Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE as reasons for their resolution.

The resolution calls on the Senate to condemn “hatred and violence against Jews; denounces the poisonous anti-Israel rhetoric of elected officials that has inflamed hatred and inspired escalating violence against Jews; [and] rejects the biased, incomplete, and inaccurate information promulgated by the news media in the United States about Israel and the Government of Israel’s efforts to protect its citizens from terrorism.”

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“The horrific spike in anti-Semitic violence and crimes in the United States and around the world serves as reminder that hateful rhetoric and lies can quickly turn into violence,” Rubio said in a statement. “We must be very clear that this ancient evil has no place in our society and ensure America’s Jewish communities are protected.”

The resolution also takes subtle aim at progressive Democratic lawmakers such as Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Democrats look for Plan B after blow on immigration Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  MORE (Minn.) who condemned the Israeli government's attacks on Gaza and labeled Netanyahu an "ethno-nationalist."

The resolution also indirectly criticizes Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who tweeted, "The Israeli military’s occupation continues. The blockade continues. The ethnic cleansing continues. Our government must stop funding the apartheid status quo," soon after the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza was announced.

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Last week the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported a 63 percent increase in antisemitic incidents in the 11 days that Israel and Hamas exchanged missiles. ADL also noted an alarming 17,000 tweets from May 7 to May 14 that were variations of the phrase "Hitler was right."

Human rights groups also warned that criticisms of Israel had crossed over into antisemitism, with reports of vandalized synagogues and violent attacks coming up around the world.

GOP leaders in the House also condemned antisemitic statements coming from within their own party this week when Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.) likened getting a COVID-19 vaccine and wearing a mask to the Holocaust.

While appearing on Real America's Voice last week, Greene compared Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE's (D-Calif.) House mask rule to "a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany."

“Marjorie is wrong, and her intentional decision to compare the horrors of the Holocaust with wearing masks is appalling," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Thompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans MORE (R-Calif.) said. "Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.”

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit Democrats to nix B for Israel's Iron Dome from bill to avert shutdown Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (R-La.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWyoming county GOP rejects effort to rescind Cheney's party status Stefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' GOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court MORE (N.Y.) also came out against Greene's remarks, with Stefanik tweeting that such a comment "belittles the most significant human atrocities ever committed."

 

--Updated at 1:11 p.m.