The Republican-led US House of Representatives voted Thursday, February 2, 2023 to remove Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, over her criticism of Israel.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives had confirmed the day before yesterday, Tuesday, in a statement to the network “CNN” (CNN), securing the sufficient percentage of votes to exclude the deputy because of her previous criticism of Israel, which was considered anti-Semitic.
The Muslim-American lawmaker described her exclusion as discrimination, racism and hatred of people of foreign origin and added that her voice and leadership will not diminish once she’s not on this committee for one term.
“My voice will get louder and stronger and I’m here to stay. I’m here to be a voice against harm around the world and call for a better world,” she said. Omar continued, “I am a Muslim. I am an immigrant. Is anyone surprised that I am being a target?”
Ilhan Omar, an American politician of Somali origin, belongs to the Democratic Party, and won membership in the Minnesota House of Representatives in November 2016, becoming the first hijabi Muslim in the United States legislature.