Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is now finding herself even further ostracized by her Democratic colleagues after she submitted a resolution which would allow everyday Americans to boycott Israel.
The resolution, which was pitched earlier this week by the Minnesota lawmaker, is specifically aimed at pushing back protections the U.S. government affords Israel.
The proposal was not only written off by Republican lawmakers, but her fellow Democratic members are calling it “dead on arrival,” Fox News reports:
California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman, one of the more senior Jewish lawmakers in the House, told The Jerusalem Post that the resolution proposed by the fellow Democrat is not serious.
“I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,” Sherman said.
“Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.”
Rep. Eliot L. Engel — a New York Democrat who’s facing a primary challenge backed by Justice Democrats, a group aligned with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — didn’t specifically mention Omar but criticized the BDS movement as a “cancer.”
“I think the BDS movement is harmful, and anyone that promotes it is making a big mistake,” he told The Washington Times.
Sherman told the same newspaper the measure was “dead on arrival.”
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Speaking to Al-Monitor on the new bill, Omar said: “We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights in regard to boycotting.”
Omar also controversially likened her effort to boycotting Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, Fox News reports: “Americans of conscience have a proud history of participating in boycotts to advocate for human rights abroad including … boycotting Nazi Germany from March 1933 to October 1941 in response to the dehumanization of the Jewish people in the lead-up to the Holocaust.”