Omar walks through a tunnel at the Capitol as House Democrats plan to offer a measure that condemns anti-Semitism.
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Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs.Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust the Democrats into an uncomfortable debate over Israel policy a few weeks before a high-profile conference at which senior Democrats typically make a show of support for the Jewish state.Omar became the flash point after she suggested last week that Israel's supporters are pushing U.S. lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country". Older Americans were much more likely to say they sympathize with Israel than with the Palestinians, with more division among younger Americans.Omar, a Somali-American, says that what she's questioning is the influence game in Washington and she worries that anything she says about Israel and its treatment of Palestinians will be construed as anti-Semitic.Democrats in Congress remain largely supportive of Israel.Republicans, meanwhile, demanded that Democrats throw Omar off Engel's panel.
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