The president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) was abruptly cut off as he spoke at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes after he attempted to express his consternation for the Democratic leadership’s defense of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.
“As a child of Holocaust survivors, I was horrified to see Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and [Minority] Leader [Steny] Hoyer defend Representative Omar after her vicious anti-semitic remarks …” Morton Klein said before Chairman Jerry Nadler interrupted him and told him that time expired.
Omar’s short time in congressional office has been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism. She has defended her anti-Israel statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings,” and she is on record stating that Israel is not a democracy. She also gave an interview to a host that referred to Israel as the “Jewish ISIS” and mocked how Americans speak about al-Qaeda and Hezbollah.
Pelosi came to the defense of Omar in March after the freshman congresswoman accused Jews of having a dual loyalty to the U.S. and Israel, an ages’ old anti-Semitic canard.
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