ِU.S. House Republicans are planning a vote this week on a resolution denouncing anti-semitism and defending Israel, Axios reported Tuesday, July 18, 2023.
Axios said that it is a direct response to comments from Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) over calling the Israeli occupation “racist”, which was condemned by both Republicans and Democrats.
The House will vote Tuesday on a one-page resolution from Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) stating that the Israeli occupation is not a “racist or apartheid state,” House Majority Leader Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) office said.
The resolution also states that the U.S. “will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel.”
Pfluger called Jayapal’s comments and anti-Israel remarks from progressive Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), “unacceptable and disgusting.”
In a panel she was participating in on Saturday, July 15, Jayapal said, “I want you to know that we have been fighting to make it clear that Israel is a racist state.”
“I will not be there … I’m boycotting,” Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) said Wednesday.
The Israeli occupation has been escalating its crimes and racial and apartheid policies against the Palestinian people since the far-right Netanyahu coalition assumed power in November 2022, which have been condemned locally and internationally.