Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lamented the "antique poison" of anti-Semitism during a speech at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington in which he accused both President Trump and a Member of the Democrats, freshman Ilhan Omar, without naming a name.
"If someone says being Jewish and supporting Israel means that you are not loyal to America, you have to call it If someone considers a neo-Nazi rally and sees some 'very nice people' in their company, we have to call it, "said Schumer, DN.Y., referring to Trump's statements after the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in August 201
"If someone suggests that money should support Israel, we have to call it," said the 68-year-old New Yorker, adding, "You can be Jewish and take care of Israel, and that's what it does not you are less American you can be a Jew and lobby for Israel and it makes you no less an American that makes you a better American … you can suddenly be completely Jewish, completely pro-Israel and absolutely American and we are. "
These remarks related to statements made by Omar earlier this year when the Minnesota Congressman accused pro-Israeli politicians of having an" impulse for loyalty to a foreign land. " This startling statement came just weeks after she hinted on Twitter that supporters of the Jewish state were "all about the Benjamins, baby".
Schumer also drew on Trump's recent criticism, in which the president claimed that the Democrats had become an "anti-Jewish" party. He claimed that the claim was "demonstrably wrong" and "violates the Israel-US." Relationship. "
" Simple and straightforward, the Democratic Party supports Israel and we will continue to do so, and we will maintain this bipartisan relationship through thick and thin. Israel needs it, "said Schumer, who also added," It will always be wrong to always use anti-Semitism as a political weapon. "
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" If you are only interested in anti-Semitism emanating from your political opponents, Do not engage in the fight against anti-Semitism, "said Schumer. The second day of the Convention lasted hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – who was present when Trump signed a proclamation the day before, recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights , 52 years after Israel conquered the strategic highlands along the Syrian border during Iraq's Six-Day War.
In his remarks, Pompeo described anti-Semitism as "the world's oldest bigotry … under the guise of" Anti-Zionism "takes on a treacherously new form."
"Do not misunderstand me, the criticism of Israel's policies is an acceptable deficiency" in one he does Democracy, "said the Secretary of State," but criticizing the existence of Israel is unacceptable. Anti-Zionism denies the legitimacy of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people … Let me say that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. "
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Last Monday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke before the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East, in which The Israeli military attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip attacks by the militant group, of which Pence said, "testify that Hamas is not a partner for peace."
"Hamas is a terrorist organization wreaking havoc Israel strives, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas. "said the vice president, who also criticized four Democrats who had deposed Trump in 2020 for skipping the event.
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in the country Do not be afraid to sta with the strongest supporters of Israel in America, "said Pence. "It is wrong to boycott Israel and it is wrong to boycott the AIPAC."
The vice president also criticized Omar without naming her, saying, "Anti-Semitism has no place in United States Congress and no other member of the slanders those who make the historic alliance between the United States and Israel with such rhetoric should not have a seat in the State Department of Parliament. "
The Associated Press contributed to this report.