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House approves pro-Israel resolution ahead of President Herzog's address

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is slated to address Congress on Wednesday, an event which several Democrats are planning to boycott.

Published: July 18, 2023 6:55pm

The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a resolution espousing U.S. support for Israel and rejecting categorizations of that government as "racist" or an "apartheid state."

"Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that 1) the State of Israel is not a racist or apartheid state; 2) Congress rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia; and 3) the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel," reads the text of the resolution.

The lower chamber voted 412 to 9 to 1 in favor of approving it, The Hill reported. Left-wing lawmakers, including Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, N.Y., Jamaal Bowman, N.Y., Rashida Tlaib. Mich., Summer Lee, Penn., Ilhan Omar, Minn., Cori Bush, Mo., Andre Carson, Ind., Delia Ramirez, Ill., and Ayanna Pressley, Mass., voted against the resolution.

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum voted present.

The resolution follows remarks from Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who attracted conservative scrutiny for contending that Israel was a "racist state" last week.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is slated to address Congress on Wednesday, an event which several Democrats are planning to boycott.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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