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house Bill H. Res. 183

Should the House Call on Americans to Fight Anti-Semitism & All Forms of Bigotry?

Argument in favor

Anti-Semitic stereotypes questioning the loyalty of Jewish-Americans because of their views on the U.S.-Israel relationship are unacceptable in our public discourse. All Americans should fight against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and all other form of bigotry based on religion, race, or place of birth and origin.

Calvin's Opinion
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03/07/2019
However you should be able to criticize Israel, that does NOT make you anti-Semitic. Government should be held accountable.
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03/07/2019
No bigotry should be allowed, but calling out the state of Israel is different than disparaging a religion.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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03/07/2019
Yes. Anti Semitic & HATE SPEECH should be STOPPED BUT Criticism of the Government or Officials of those governments IS NOT ANTI- SEMITIC. There needs to be regulations as to what is antisemitism & what’s not to stop the proliferation of hate toward people who are merely critical of s government or Official.
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Argument opposed

This resolution should focus specifically on recent anti-Semitic comments made by members of Congress, broadening it to include all forms of hatred dilutes its impact in driving home the message that anti-Semitism is unacceptable. Alternatively, this bill is a waste of time and won’t stop bigotry.

Fragadactilobs's Opinion
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03/07/2019
This is nonsense, the only reason this is happening is because of congresswoman Omar’s totally legitimate criticism of the Israeli government. This wants to equate criticism of a foreign government with anti Semitism and that’s wrong. There is a robust debate to be had about our support of Israel and condemning people critical of Israel as antisemites is outrageous, ESPECIALLY coming from Democrats. Anti-semitism is bad, but this isn’t about anti-semitism, it’s about silencing anyone with criticism of Israel. And I want to make a few things ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO EVERYONE! 1. There was no congressional resolution on antisemitism when 11 Jews were murdered in Pittsburgh. 2. There was no congressional resolution on antisemitism when a trump supporter sent a bomb to George Soros. This is ONLY happening to silence congresswoman Omar.
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Rick's Opinion
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03/07/2019
Let me preface this by saying I do not approve of racial discrimination of any kind. That said it is the place of the people to stamp or rasism and bigotry, Congress cannot get involved without affecting individual rights. We have the right to say whatever we want, this is true. However, we should not be surprised when we say bigoted things when people start to dislike or shun us. We the people need to say this, not Congress.
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03/07/2019
People can figure out how to treat others on their own without the help of the federal government having to babysit them.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed March 7th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 23 Nay
      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Res. 183?

This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that all Americans have a stake in fighting anti-Semitism and every form of bigotry and hatred against people based on religion, race, sexual orientation, or place of birth and origin. It’d reject the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the U.S. and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the U.S-.Israel relationship. It’d condemn anti-Semitic statements as contrary to American values, and reject attempts to justify hatred or violent attacks. The resolution would also acknowledge the harm suffered by Muslims and others from anti-Muslim bigotry and violence. Further, the resolution would condemn the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim members of Congress in recent weeks, and call on public officials to confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

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The House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 183

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In-Depth: Initially, Democrats drafted this resolution in response to several instances of lawmakers being accused of playing to anti-Semitic stereotypes since the 116th Congress began:

  • In January 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized for a 2012 tweet in which she wrote that Israel had “hypnotized the world”.

  • In February 2019, Omar (D-MN) accused the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) ― a non-profit that advocates for Israel but doesn’t donate directly to candidates ― of paying politicians to be pro-Israel. She had previously tweeted “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” to explain U.S. political leaders support for Israel, implying they'd been bought off by Jewish money. That drew bipartisan condemnation and led to the adoption of an amendment expressing that countering anti-Semitism around the world is in the national security interest of the U.S. Omar later apologized and deleted the tweets.

  • In March 2019, Omar (D-MN) accused American politicians who support Israel of having “allegiance to a foreign country”. The allegation of dual loyalty is a trope that has been used to justify persecution of Jews dating back to the 1st Century. Omar hasn’t apologized for these comments.

  • Later in March 2019, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) referenced prominent Democratic donor Tom Steyer as “$teyer” in a tweet which was accused of playing to stereotypes about the influence of Jewish money. (Steyer is of Jewish descent but is a practicing Episcopalian.)

After some Democrats expressed concern about voting on a resolution condemning only the anti-Semitic comments made by Omar, the legislation was broadened to serve as a statement of values against all forms bigotry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) emphasized that this resolution isn’t about Omar’s comments, saying that “it’s not about her” and saying “I do not believe that she understood the full weight of the words... I feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude”. Pelosi added:

“We are not policing the speech of our members. We are condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Islamophobia and we are condemning white supremacy.”

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) spoke on the House floor to express his concern that Omar’s comments weren’t being adequately confronted:

“The attacks on our colleagues because they are Muslim, or African-American, or Hispanic, or members of the LGBTQ community must be condemned when it’s based on hatred. But when a colleague invokes classic anti-Semitic lies three times, then this body must condemn that anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is worthy of being taken seriously on its own. It’s worthy of being singularly called out: ‘Jews control the world’, ‘Jews care only about money’, ‘Jews have dual loyalty and can’t be patriotic members of the country in which they live’. Words matter. For generations, they have had dangerous consequences for me, for my family, and for my people. This shouldn’t be so hard.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions

Official Title

Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.

    However you should be able to criticize Israel, that does NOT make you anti-Semitic. Government should be held accountable.
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    This is nonsense, the only reason this is happening is because of congresswoman Omar’s totally legitimate criticism of the Israeli government. This wants to equate criticism of a foreign government with anti Semitism and that’s wrong. There is a robust debate to be had about our support of Israel and condemning people critical of Israel as antisemites is outrageous, ESPECIALLY coming from Democrats. Anti-semitism is bad, but this isn’t about anti-semitism, it’s about silencing anyone with criticism of Israel. And I want to make a few things ABUNDANTLY CLEAR TO EVERYONE! 1. There was no congressional resolution on antisemitism when 11 Jews were murdered in Pittsburgh. 2. There was no congressional resolution on antisemitism when a trump supporter sent a bomb to George Soros. This is ONLY happening to silence congresswoman Omar.
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    No bigotry should be allowed, but calling out the state of Israel is different than disparaging a religion.
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    Yes. Anti Semitic & HATE SPEECH should be STOPPED BUT Criticism of the Government or Officials of those governments IS NOT ANTI- SEMITIC. There needs to be regulations as to what is antisemitism & what’s not to stop the proliferation of hate toward people who are merely critical of s government or Official.
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    Let me preface this by saying I do not approve of racial discrimination of any kind. That said it is the place of the people to stamp or rasism and bigotry, Congress cannot get involved without affecting individual rights. We have the right to say whatever we want, this is true. However, we should not be surprised when we say bigoted things when people start to dislike or shun us. We the people need to say this, not Congress.
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    Everyone should be able to live worship however they want. All bigotry and racism should be obliterated.
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    Criticizing Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic. Here’s What Is. Pro-Israel politicians don't speak for young Jews like me. They shouldn't pretend to. March 5, 2019 | Sarah Gertler Originally in OtherWords Weeks ago, when the first accusations of anti-semitism were being leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar, I was deeply agitated. Not long ago I saw her address these accusations at a local town hall. She reminded the world that, as a Black Muslim woman in America, she knows what hate looks like — and spends her life laboring against it. Her words were clear, bold, and unflinching. When members of Congress not only continued to gang up and falsely smear Omar as anti-semitic, but even created a House Resolution painting her words as hateful, I wasn’t just agitated. I was absolutely disgusted. Omar has criticized the U.S. government’s support for Israeli actions that break international law. And she’s spoken out against the role money in politics plays in shoring up that support. Neither is anti-semitic. What is anti-semitic is the cacophony of mainstream media and politicians saying that criticizing U.S. policy toward the state of Israel is the same as attacking Jewish people. Like most American Jewish youth, I grew up knowing Israel. During holidays, I sang prayers about Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel. In Hebrew school, I learned about the country’s culture, its cities, its past prime ministers. At my Jewish summer camp, we started every day with the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah. My image of Israel was a rosy one. When I finally visited it in college, I was spellbound by the lush landscapes and sparkling cities, certain I would one day move to this golden ancestral home myself. All this emotional buildup made it all the more sickening when, in the years that followed, I learned the realities of the Israeli occupation. The modern state of Israel was established by Zionists — a nationalist movement started by European Jews with the aim of creating a “Jewish state” as a refuge for persecuted Jews. It’s true that Jews have faced centuries of brutal persecution in Europe. But the Zionists’ project shared unmistakably European colonialist roots. In 1948, Israel’s war of independence led to the Nakba, an invasion driving 700,000 Palestinians from their homes. These Palestinians were never allowed to return, creating a massive refugee population that today numbers over 7 million. While I was able to travel freely up and down Israel, the Palestinians who once lived there are legally barred from returning. While I wandered the marketplaces trying stews and shawarmas, Palestinians in Gaza can’t afford even the gas to cook their food because of the Israeli blockade. Zionism didn’t create an inclusive Jewish refuge either. In fact, the diverse Mizrahi — or Arab — Jewish population that was already thriving in Palestine was pushed out of Israeli society as Ashkenazi — or European — Jews became the elite class. What it did create is an imperialist stronghold that continues to break international law by building settlements deeper and deeper into Palestinian territory, giving Jewish Israelis superior legal status to Arab Israelis and Palestinians, and attacking all who protest. Since Israel’s origin, the U.S. has supplied tens of billions of dollars of military aid and ardent political support. Congress consistently ignores dozens of UN resolutions condemning Israeli abuses, and year after year gives it more resources to violently oppress impoverished Palestinians. Pro-Israel lobbying groups’ considerable political influence has even pushed Congress to consider bills punishing Americans who support Palestinian rights. (Around half of all states already have such laws.) More broadly, they rely on villainizing critics with false claims of antisemitism — especially when the criticism comes from a person of color, as we’ve seen with Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill, and Michelle Alexander before Rep. Omar. I, along with an increasing number of young American Jews, want to discuss U.S. support of Israel. Talking foreign policy is not anti-Semitism. What is anti-Semitism -always - is saying that all Jews support violence and imperialism.
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    Let’s be clear why a resolution like this is being proposed. This has only been crafted because apparently our representatives don’t understand the difference between criticizing the Israeli government and actual anti-Semitism. Both Anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry should be condemned. However, the reasons behind a resolution like this just shows how strong the censorship is within our government against voices that make legitimate criticisms of the Israeli government’s human rights violations against the Palestinians.
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    People can figure out how to treat others on their own without the help of the federal government having to babysit them.
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    This needs to also include sexual orientation. Bigotry against the LGBT community is still bigotry and should be condemned.
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    All forms of bigotry must be discouraged.
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    The house can call all it wants but if the sole purpose of this bill is to punish Americans that think Israel is wrong to force Palestinians out of their homes and allow sewage to flood their children’s schools then we have a constitutional crisis because I maintain the right to criticize. I love Israel but I hate what it is doing and there must be a two state solution. And no more open air prison that is Gaza.
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    Even though my rep voted yea on this, I have a feeling it wasn’t with his whole heart. He has not stood up to Anti-Semitism and other forms of Bigotry when the Racist in Chief endorses hatred. He has remained silent when his fellow republiKKKans push for voter suppression which effects the minority population. He supported the birthed moment and the “send him back to Kenya” remarks his fellow republiKKKans spewed at President Obama. So my “rep” if you denounce hatred and bigotry WHY DO YOU SAY NOTHING WHEN IT MATTERS????
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    They should set examples for us. So far, they're setting the wrong example with all their hate and judgmental ways.
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    The House and Nancy Pelosi need to censor themselves and strip Omar of her seat on the Foreign Affair committee, she is obviously not representative of her constituents.
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    Yes, of course. However, criticism of the Israeli government is NOT anti-semitism. In addition, we should condemn ALL bigotry against Jews, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos, Christians, etc.
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    Am I missing something? I thought Congress was supposed to welcome and discuss all ideas, even those that might present differing points of view.
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    We should never put limits on free speech nor should we conflate criticism of a government with criticism of a religion. Even Jewish people are concerned with the Israeli Government and its actions. Further, our government's first priority should be THIS country, period. It's very telling that the first bill out of the senate this year was essentially to benefit Israel. Oman speaks truth.
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    Take Omar off her committee assignment.
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    They should target Omar and remove her from the Foreign Affairs committee. She has a deep seated hatred towards Israel and Christians. She insist on swearing in on the Quran and wearing her religioud headware and shows her prejudices against a number of people. The Socialist don't care about rigjt or wrong - they stick together to work against the Republic.
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