Sitting in at Speaker Pelosi's office to protest failure to condemn Rep. Omar

We hand-delivered a letter yesterday to Speaker Pelosi's office in the Longworth House Office Building, as part of our sit-in in her office.

It was very successful, covered by Reuters, FoxBreitbart, CNS News, Christian Broadcast Network, Heritage, Daily Signal, and many more.  We began the event with a speech by me in front of the speaker's office, with a full crowd of people.  (There is a video from Breitbart here.)


YouTube screen grab via Breitbart.

We entered her office, and, as FOX wrote in its caption on the Laura Ingraham Show: "Pro-Israel Supporters Take Over Speaker Pelosi's office."  Inside, we hand-delivered the letter and addressed the desk person there (after he telephoned the chief of staff)...all on film, especially at Breitbart.  We then read a letter from Judea Pearl, the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

We were in the office for over a half hour...and were met by the pro-Omar and anti-Israel Code Pink, who came to upset our rally.  After the  sit-in in Pelosi's office, we held a press conference on the Capitol grounds right near the Capitol steps, underneath the dome.  Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) sponsored our press conference and also spoke.

Here is the text of our letter to the speaker.

National Conference of Jewish Affairs
90 Washington Valley Road
Bedminster, New Jersey 07921
(929) 417-0027 tel     ncjausa@gmail.com

March 14, 2019

The Speaker of the House of Representatives
United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

We have come today to your office to communicate our severe displeasure and wonderment over your refusal to specifically condemn the anti-Semitic remarks of Minn. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Her distasteful anti-Jewish innuendos are now part of a repeated pattern. They smack of an anti-Jewishness and an obvious desire by her for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state. This is apparent to anyone, except those who harbor a hidden degree of anti-Semitism or those who are guided by certain political motivations that seem to override the American values of decency and plain justice.

More disturbing was your inability to convince your members that anti-Semitism should itself be condemned as a stand-alone poison and atrocity. You were unable, or unwilling, to stand up to various Caucuses inside your Party who are unwilling to condemn anti-Semitism in its own right. This is specially grievous since the source of the whole Resolution discussion began in response to the repeated anti-Semitic pronouncements of Congresswoman Omar. Her remarks were deliberate and calculated, and everyone knows it.

It bespeaks negatively of some of the groups within your coalition, that the only way to mention anti-Semitism was to include in your Resolution forms of hate that had nothing at all to do with the nature of the problem infecting the House. Furthermore, it codified as “Islamophobic” anyone who legitimately criticizes bigoted remarks if coming from Ms. Omar or members of her community.

Speaker Pelosi: You had a chance to stop anti-Semitism dead in its tracks. You did not. You had a chance to shut down the burgeoning anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitudes seeping into America’s House of Representatives. But, you didn’t. You allowed anti-Semitism and toxic attitudes towards Israel as a nation to stand in the House. We expect more from a Speaker. You failed. You have allowed the People’s House to become a House with a distinct odor of hate. You had a chance make a righteous historic decision, but instead you chose appeasement and politics, you decided in favor of what you feel will best serve your Party’s political ambitions.

Bottom Line: Omar should be censured and, beyond that, removed from the powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that you, Madam Speaker, surprisingly granted to this first year legislator. Omar’s thinking, her conduct, and her blithe willingness to inject anti-Semitic tropes into the legislative process, make her unfit to hold such a strategic position.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Aryeh Spero,

National Conference of Jewish Affairs

We hand-delivered a letter yesterday to Speaker Pelosi's office in the Longworth House Office Building, as part of our sit-in in her office.

It was very successful, covered by Reuters, FoxBreitbart, CNS News, Christian Broadcast Network, Heritage, Daily Signal, and many more.  We began the event with a speech by me in front of the speaker's office, with a full crowd of people.  (There is a video from Breitbart here.)


YouTube screen grab via Breitbart.

We entered her office, and, as FOX wrote in its caption on the Laura Ingraham Show: "Pro-Israel Supporters Take Over Speaker Pelosi's office."  Inside, we hand-delivered the letter and addressed the desk person there (after he telephoned the chief of staff)...all on film, especially at Breitbart.  We then read a letter from Judea Pearl, the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

We were in the office for over a half hour...and were met by the pro-Omar and anti-Israel Code Pink, who came to upset our rally.  After the  sit-in in Pelosi's office, we held a press conference on the Capitol grounds right near the Capitol steps, underneath the dome.  Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) sponsored our press conference and also spoke.

Here is the text of our letter to the speaker.

National Conference of Jewish Affairs
90 Washington Valley Road
Bedminster, New Jersey 07921
(929) 417-0027 tel     ncjausa@gmail.com

March 14, 2019

The Speaker of the House of Representatives
United States Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

We have come today to your office to communicate our severe displeasure and wonderment over your refusal to specifically condemn the anti-Semitic remarks of Minn. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Her distasteful anti-Jewish innuendos are now part of a repeated pattern. They smack of an anti-Jewishness and an obvious desire by her for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state. This is apparent to anyone, except those who harbor a hidden degree of anti-Semitism or those who are guided by certain political motivations that seem to override the American values of decency and plain justice.

More disturbing was your inability to convince your members that anti-Semitism should itself be condemned as a stand-alone poison and atrocity. You were unable, or unwilling, to stand up to various Caucuses inside your Party who are unwilling to condemn anti-Semitism in its own right. This is specially grievous since the source of the whole Resolution discussion began in response to the repeated anti-Semitic pronouncements of Congresswoman Omar. Her remarks were deliberate and calculated, and everyone knows it.

It bespeaks negatively of some of the groups within your coalition, that the only way to mention anti-Semitism was to include in your Resolution forms of hate that had nothing at all to do with the nature of the problem infecting the House. Furthermore, it codified as “Islamophobic” anyone who legitimately criticizes bigoted remarks if coming from Ms. Omar or members of her community.

Speaker Pelosi: You had a chance to stop anti-Semitism dead in its tracks. You did not. You had a chance to shut down the burgeoning anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitudes seeping into America’s House of Representatives. But, you didn’t. You allowed anti-Semitism and toxic attitudes towards Israel as a nation to stand in the House. We expect more from a Speaker. You failed. You have allowed the People’s House to become a House with a distinct odor of hate. You had a chance make a righteous historic decision, but instead you chose appeasement and politics, you decided in favor of what you feel will best serve your Party’s political ambitions.

Bottom Line: Omar should be censured and, beyond that, removed from the powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee that you, Madam Speaker, surprisingly granted to this first year legislator. Omar’s thinking, her conduct, and her blithe willingness to inject anti-Semitic tropes into the legislative process, make her unfit to hold such a strategic position.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Aryeh Spero,

National Conference of Jewish Affairs