House to Vote on Pro-Israel Resolution Amid Uproar Over Dem’s Comments

Tue Jul 18, 2023 AT 10:28 AM EDT

The House will vote Tuesday on a resolution defending Israel against charges of racism and condemning all forms of antisemitism, a direct response to recent remarks from Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., that caused an uproar just days before a visit by Israel’s President Isaac Herzog. 

Jayapal on Saturday referred to Israel as “a racist state,” leading to condemnation from both parties, prompting her to issue a public apology. 

But that effort has done little to satisfy House Republicans, who are pressing ahead with a resolution designed to affirm Congress’s support for Israel — and highlight the Democratic divisions when it comes to the explosive issue of Israeli policy towards Palestinians. 

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, says Israel is “not a racist or apartheid state,” rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia, and asserts “the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel.” Read Full Story

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