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Schumer rails against the “old poison” of anti-Semitism in AIPAC remarks

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, speaks on the 2019 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington on Monday evening. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to defendant, what he called the “old poison” of anti-Semitism Monday night during a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference in Washington, in which he criticized both President Trump and a fellow Democrat, freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, without mentioning either the name.

“If someone says that Jewish and supporting Israel means you are not loyal to America, we need to call. If someone looks at a neo-Nazi rally, and sees some “very fine people” in his company, we need to call it,” Schumer, D-NY, said, referencing Trump’s statements after the deadly violence on August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“If someone claims that money drives support for Israel, we need to call it,” the 68-year-old New Yorker said, later adding: “you can be a Jew and care about Israel, and it makes it less American. You can be a Jew and lobby for Israel, and it makes it less American. It makes you a better American … you can, all at once, totally Jewish, totally pro-Israel, and America, and we are.”

These comments referenced the statements of Omar earlier this year, when the Congresswoman from Minnesota accused of pro-Israel politicians leads to a “push-for-loyalty to a foreign country.” That inflammatory statement came only a few weeks after she implied on Twitter, that supporters of the Jewish state were “all about the Benjamins, baby.”

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Schumer also fired again at Trump’s recent criticism, the President claimed that the Democrats had become a “anti-Jewish” party, said the claim was “demonstrably false” and “hurt the Israel-US relationship.”

“Plain and simple, the democratic party supports Israel, and we will continue to do so, and we will argue that cross-party relationship through thick and thin. Israel is,” said Schumer, who added that “it will always be wrong to use anti-Semitism as a political weapon, always.”

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“If you only concern about the anti-Semitism, by your political opponents, you are not fully behind the fight against anti-Semitism,” he said.

Schumer was the last speaker of the Convention’s second day, taking the stage hours after Secretary of state Mike Pompeo — who was a war on hand as a trump signed a proclamation earlier in the day, the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan heights for 52 years after Israel seized the strategic highlands along the Syrian border during the Six-day.

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In his remarks, Pompeo of” anti-Zionism, described anti-Semitism as “the world’s oldest bigotry … the recording on an insidious new form under the guise of.'”

“Don’t get me wrong, criticism of Israel’s policy is an acceptable thing to do in a democracy,” the Secretary of state said, “but criticism of the existence of Israel is not acceptable. Anti-Zionism denies the very legitimacy of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people … Let me go on record: Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.”

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Earlier Monday, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East, where the Israeli military hit Hamas targets in the Gaza strip in response to rocket fire by militant group, Pence said, “proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace.”

“Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel, and the United States negotiations with terrorists of Hamas will be never,” said the Vice-President, to plunge the also criticized four Democrats run, Trump in the year 2020 for skipping the event.

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“Who wants the highest office in the land, should not be afraid of the strongest supporters of Israel in America,” Pence said. “It is a boycott of Israel is wrong, and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC.”

The Vice President also criticized Omar, without naming her, saying: “anti-Semitism has slandered no place in the Congress of the United States, and each member, who is support for the historical Alliance between the United States and Israel with such rhetoric should not have place on the house Committee on Foreign Affairs.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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