Omar furor reflects intensifying national debate over Israel

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, March 09 2019 Mar 9, 2019 March 09, 2019 7:11 AM March 09, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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NEW YORK (AP) - The allegations of anti-Semitism directed toward Rep. Ilhan Omar have no precedent in Congress. Yet on college campuses, in state legislatures and in many other venues nationwide, the polarized debate about Israel is a familiar conflict and likely to intensify.

Criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians has grown in volume and scope, with persistent calls for boycotts and disinvestment. The movement has been fueled by a wave of youthful activists, including many Jews aligning with Muslims.

Pro-Israel organizations and politicians have countered with tough responses. Efforts to reconcile the differences have gained little traction.

Congress has never experienced this kind of furor involving a Muslim member accused of anti-Semitism. Divided Democrats eventually drafted a resolution that condemned a wide range of bigotry and did not mention Omar by name.

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