The Republican from Nebraska introduces a resolution to censure Ilhan Omar

Rep. Don Bacon is seen here leaving a House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on May 7. Republicans in the House of Representatives have expressed concern about what they call a rise in anti-Semitism amid pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses across the United States. Image: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., has introduced a resolution to censure Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar for referring to some Jewish college students as “pro-genocide.”

This comes after Omar was asked by Fox 5 New York during her April visit to a student camp at Columbia University about allegations of rising anti-Semitism at the protests.

“We should not tolerate anti-Semitism or bigotry for all Jewish students, whether they are pro-genocide or anti-genocide,” Omar responded.

The four-page resolution seeks to censure Omar for her “recent hate speech and history of anti-Semitism.”

“She perpetuates and increases anti-Semitism in our country,” Bacon said in a statement after introducing the resolution. “The House of Representatives must take a strong stand and condemn these divisive and racist comments she has made, and those who continue to excuse her egregious behavior must stop.”

A spokesperson for Omar responded to the resolution by saying that Omar “clearly condemned anti-Semitism and bigotry against all Jewish students.”

“Attempts to misinterpret her words are intended to distract from the ongoing violence and genocide in Gaza and the major anti-war protests taking place in our country and around the world,” the statement read.

Last week, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the House Progressive Caucus, told reporters she found Bacon’s promise to advance the censure resolution “ridiculous.”

“This is not what we need and these censure resolutions – if we disapproved of everything we didn’t like and what someone from the other party said, we would be censoring people all day long,” she said.

Rep.  Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar speaks to reporters in the hallway outside a hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce "Columbia in crisis: Columbia University's response to anti-Semitism" on April 17, 2024.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks to reporters in the hallway outside a House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing “Columbia in Crisis: Columbia University’s Response to Anti Semitism” on April 17, 2024. Image: DREW ANGERER/AFP via Getty Images

Republicans in the House of Representatives have focused on allegations of rising anti-Semitism at colleges and universities as students continue to demonstrate against the Israeli government as it continues its war against Hamas.

House Republicans voted last year to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, citing previous comments she made about Israel.

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