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Trump brands Democrats as 'anti-Jewish' party


WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump blasted Democrats as "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish" Friday when they passed a congressional measure opposing hate speech normally instead of particularly condemning alleged anti-Semitic feedback via a Muslim congresswoman. The remarks via the Republican chief practice days of worrying debates in Congress addressing delicate questions on nationwide allegiance, age-old discriminatory tropes geared toward Jews, and accusations of display votes that failed to call out a member for debatable feedback.

"I thought yesterday's vote by the house was disgraceful," Trump told journalists at the White House.

The solution was at first meant to deliver a direct rebuke of anti-Semitism following debatable feedback via a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive via many colleagues.

But after blowback from progressives, it was revised to more widely condemn discrimination against Muslims and different minorities as neatly. Trump seized on the shift, and the tensions amongst Democrats.

"The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party," he stated.

The factor has led to a deep rift. Some Democrats wanted to incorporate language condemning different forms of bigotry, and expressed considerations about singling out Omar.

The solution, which made no mention of Omar, in the end passed 407 to 23. Republicans who voted against it complained it were watered down.

The debate made clear that Democrats' rising range in Congress -- in ethnicity, faith, gender, age and ideology -- has created new demanding situations for the celebration.

Among those is policy about Israel. Omar had sparked fiery debate together with her repeated criticisms of Israel and the way a formidable pro-Israel foyer in Washington exerts influence on US politicians.

"I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone," Omar tweeted. "Our nation is having a difficult conversation."

But Democrats insisted Trump was out of bounds to suggest their celebration was anti-Jewish.

"As illustrated by history and yesterday's overwhelming vote to condemn anti-Semitism, there is strong support for Israel and the Jewish faith among Democrats," Congresswoman Elaine Luria, an army veteran who's Jewish, told AFP.

There are recently 35 Jewish members of the USA House and Senate, in line with the non-partisan American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. Only two of them are Republican.

The debate comes amid a upward push in anti-Semitic incidents around the United States. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 58 % increase in such incidents between 2016 and 2017.

In October, a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in the deadliest assault ever on Jews in America.

Trump declares himself as Israel's closest ally. He proudly moved the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and has solid a detailed alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But he and different Republicans have also courted controversy with the Jewish community, and feature been accused of trafficking in unhealthy, age-old tropes about money that anti-Semites have used to assault Jews for centuries.


Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015 all through his presidential marketing campaign, Trump stated "you're not going to support me because I don't want your money." "But that's okay," he went on.


"You want to control your own politician." Trump drew outrage in 2016 with a tweet showing his rival Hillary Clinton and a Star of David -- with phrases accusing her of being "corrupt" -- superimposed over a blanket of $ 100 expenses.


And his final main marketing campaign ad ahead of the 2016 election contained alarming messaging, with images of prominent financial figures George Soros and Janet Yellen, each Jewish, as Trump speaks of "those who control the levers of power in Washington."


As president, Trump sparked a firestorm via saying there were "very fine people on both sides" at a white nationalist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, where demonstrators chanted "Jews will not replace us."


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