House Democratic leaders Tuesday defended progressive freshman Reps. Rashida Tlaib Rashida Harbi TlaibDem leaders defend freshmen Tlaib, Omar Hillen's morning report – McConnell says that Pence shutdown will end Omar, Tlaib comes under fire from GOP MORE (Mich.) And Ilhan Omar (Minn.) Against the GOP accusations of anti-Semitism for their views on Israel.
The two freshmen have drawn ire from the Republicans for their support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which is critical to the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.
Asked about the Republican accusations that Tlaib and Omar are anti-Semites, majority slates in the house Steny Hoyer Steny Hamilton Ho yerPelosi puts a good grip on Trump impeachment Key Dem president is against expense to automatically avoid shutdown Trumps 2020 budget delayed by shutdown MORE (D-Md.), an avid supporter of Israel cautiously defends its democratic counterparts.
"I clearly condemn anti-Semitism," he said at a Capitol press conference. "I do not know that I conclude that those who attack these two members are correct that they [Tlaib and Omar] are anti-Semitic. I do not accept this premise."
President of Democratic Caucasus ] Hakeem Jeffries Hakeem Sekou Jeffries55% opposes prosecution against Trump: Reconciliation Republicans distance themselves from decommissioning tactics Hillens 12:30 Report – Stone accused in Mueller probe | Saying he is not guilty | Day 35 of shutdown | The FAA immediately stops flights to LaGuardia MORE (DN.Y.), Also the defense of Tlaib and Omar.
"I have found the two new freshmen members to be thoughtful colleagues on numerous issues," Jeffries told reporters.
House GOP leaders had condemned Omar's appointment to the Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs Committee. They quoted a tweet from Omar in 2012 in the Gaza War, saying: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see Israel's evil actions. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel."
Last week, Omar went back tweet and said she had not understood that her tweet could have been interpreted as derogatory to Jewish people.
"It is now clear to me that I spent a lot of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and some energy disavowing the anti-Semitic tropic that I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive," Omar tweeted last week .
The Republicans have also tackled Tlaib's resistance to the Senate measuring Sen. Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioTrump War Strategy Takes One-Two Battles Your Leaders Defend Freshmen Tlaib, Omar You 2020 candidates right Puerto Rico as long as nomination contest weaves MORE (R-Fla.) Confirms state and local Right to Prohibit Contracts with Entities Tlaib tweeted that supporters of this law book "forgot what country they represent" and tried to "curb the Americans from their constitutional right to freedom of speech."
Rubio accused Tlaib of promoting a "typical anti-Semitic line" of dual loyalty.
Rep. Lee Zeldin Lee ZeldinDem leaders defend freshmen Tlaib, Omar House Dems reveal the first GOP goals in 2020 Omar, Tlaib comes on fire from GOP MORE (RN.Y.), Which is Jewish, introduced a decision last week stating that Parliament "rejects anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred" specifically mentions Tlaib's and Omar's support for the BDS movement.
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, accused Republicans of attacking her because she is a Muslim and a Palestinian.
Asked by The Hill last week what she believes motivates the GOP study, Tlaib said: "Because I'm Muslim, Palestinian. I mean, I'm a human here as a mother, like a lawyer and all these things. And I'm equal to them now. "
The Senate voted 74-19 Monday to promote legislation that would impose new sanctions on Syria and re-authorize security assistance to Israel. It also contains Rubio's anti-BDS assay.
Many Democrats see Rubio's BDS provision as a poison pill because of concerns about its limits to freedom of speech. House Democrats argued that they were unlikely to take over Senate law in its present form.
"I can say that the overwhelming majority of House Democratic Caucus is highly pro-Israel. We do not say that allow the Senate Republicans to move the legislation forward which is really a political stunt and not a serious effort to promote US foreign policy interests, "Jeffries said.
Hoyer said he backs the law of late. Ben Cardin Benjamin (Ben) Louis CardinThese leaders defend freshmen Tlaib, Omar GOP senators read Pence riot action before voting votes Senators pitch three weeks stopgap bill to resolve shutdown fight MORE (D-Md.) To ban US companies from participating in Israeli boycotts. Cardin's bill would extend an existing ban on companies participating in stalls from anti-Israeli leaders led by foreign governments to those organized by international governmental organizations.
But with reference to free speech, Hoyer said he is not sure he will back the package of anti-BDS measurement accelerated by the Senate on Monday.
"Assuming it comes here, it will be referred to the committee and I look forward to the committee's recommendation. I think there is a clear question of pulling the line on freedom of expression and the right of someone to commit a policy they want and action to hurt an ally in the US And I think it's an important distinction, "Hoyer said. "I am not sure that the Rubio legislation did that distinction correctly."
Mike Lillis contributed.