Rep. Maloney Statement on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Comments

Feb 11, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Never Again Education Act, which would support holocaust education in schools across the country, released the following statement in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments.

“Rep. Omar apologized for her comments and hopefully recognizes how hurtful her words were.

“It is deeply disturbing to hear a colleague give credence to anti-Semitic tropes, especially from someone who means to stand for equality and acceptance for all peoples. Differences in policy are to be expected, but personal and anti-Semitic attacks like this have no place in the halls of Congress or anywhere. My support for Israel’s right to exist is not dependent on any lobbyists, but rather on my belief that the Jewish people have a right to self-determination. I am equally strong in my belief in a two-state solution, with a state for the Palestinians.

“At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise here in the United States and around the world, we all must always speak out when we see instances of hateful language or acts. I have introduced the Never Again Holocaust Education Act so that we can give teachers the resources they need to teach about the Holocaust, its origins, and the consequences of hate and intolerance.”