Home>Congress>Albio Sires bashes Ilhan Omar

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York)

Albio Sires bashes Ilhan Omar

Mikie Sherrill: ‘this isn’t happening in a vacuum’

By David Wildstein, February 11 2019 4:03 pm

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) was offended by Rep. Ilhan Omar’s suggestion that congressmen kowtow to Israel as a means to raise campaign funds from Jews.

“The rhetoric used by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar earlier is deeply concerning and implies that any Member who supports the safety and prosperity of our ally Israel is incapable of resisting outside influences,” said Sires.  The United States and Israel have a deep history of shared values and mutual interests. I respect everyone’s first amendment right to freely express themselves, it is and will always remain the cornerstone of democracy.”

“I sincerely hope Congresswoman Omar would use her new seat in the House of Representatives to meet with the communities of all backgrounds and faiths before jumping to conclusions about her own colleagues’ motives,” said Sires, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere subcommittee.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) condemned the increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric across, but stopped short of mentioning Omar, a fellow freshman Democratic congresswoman, by name.

“This isn’t happening in a vacuum. Our leaders must hold themselves to a higher standard and ensure their words and actions do not promote hate or hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes,” Sherrill said. “The Constitution protects freedom of speech, but we must expect more from our elected officials to heal divisions in our country and unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism. Long-standing bipartisan support for Israel in Congress is grounded in our common values and shared security interests.”

Sherrill said that she met with the American Jewish Committee last week to discuss “the dangerous rise of anti-Semitism across the country.”

“In New Jersey alone, we saw a 32 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017,” said Sherrill.

Spread the news:
RELATED ARTICLES
Filter by
Post Page
Articles Congress In Memoriam Highlight Local Morris
Sort by

Albio Sires raises $69k

Hudson congressman has $182k in warchest
April 12, 2019 4:54 pm

18

Rep. Albio Sires on Jerry Green

April 19, 2018 3:52 pm

18

Cathy Wilson slated to be next mayor of Morris Township

Scott Carlson will be township attorney
December 5, 2019 11:58 pm

8

One thought on “Albio Sires bashes Ilhan Omar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *