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February 12, 2015 12:35 pm

GOP Congressman Blasts White House for Omitting Jews From List of Minorities Threatened by Islamic State

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GOP Congressman Lee Zeldin wants Jews listed as a minority threatened by the IS terrorist organization. Photo: Twitter

Lee Zeldin, the freshman Republican congressman from New York, has strongly criticized the Obama Administration for leaving Jews out of a list of ethnic and religious groups threatened by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

The wording of President Obama’s proposed authorization of force against IS mentions Iraqi Christians, Yezidis and Turkmens, but says nothing about Jews.

“I see an understanding, a recognition in the resolution with regards to [IS] attacks on Muslims, on Christians and others, and I didn’t see a reference to Jews,” Zeldin told CNN in an interview. “And one of the efforts I’ve been involved in is trying to raise awareness for the rising tide of antisemitism.”

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Zeldin questioned whether the White House deliberately left out Jews as an ethnic group that IS has threatened.

“I think that when the White House is drafting a resolution for the authorization of force, that every single word, every phrase in there is done deliberately — it has to be,” said Zeldin. “Jews should have been included by the White House.”

Zeldin’s comments came during a week in which Obama was lambasted for describing the Islamist terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last month, in which four Jews were murdered, as a “random” action. Notably, the president made no mention of the Jewish nature of either the target or the victims.

However, the White House argues that its war request draft language borrows from the resolution passed in the then-Democratic led Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year. That text, drafted by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), specifically states that IS has “threatened genocide and committed vicious acts of violence against religious and ethnic minority groups, including Iraqi Christians, Yezidi, and Turkmen populations.”

Moreover, there are no Jewish communities in those areas of Syria and Iraq which IS controls. Nonetheless, said Zeldin, “I strongly believe we were reminded in Paris that these radical Islamic extremists, they want to wipe Israel off the map. They target not only Jews but our freedom and our exceptionalism as Americans — the whole western world.”

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  • shosh

    Readers, Algemeiner does NOT allow me to submit my com
    ments which are to the point. I think we should boycott
    this Newspaper. They allow Jews haters to submit their comments but not someone who loves Israel and the Jewish people.

    • Bill Channon

      Nonsense!

  • shosh

    Isis has threatened Jews and Israel too. The Israeli
    Goverment has just foiled a plot by Isis in Israel last
    week. They are like rats infesting countries and pretty
    sooI n they will infest the entire world – if we let them.
    I have not submitted this comment before Algemeiner, what
    is your problem?

  • shosh

    Isis has threatened Jews and Israel too. The Israeli
    Goverment has just foiled a plot by Isis in Israel last
    week. They are like rats infesting countries and pretty
    sooI n they will infest the entire world – if we let them.

  • shosh

    Isis has threatened Jews and Israel too. The Israeli
    Goverment has just foiled a plot by Isis in Israel last
    week. They are like rats infesting countries and pretty
    soon they will infest the entire world – if we let them.

  • We are reliving the times when Rabbi Wise and his fellow Jewish followers sold out the Jews of the holocaust.

  • shloime

    to create their new caliphate, isis’ goals will include conquering both saudi arabia and israel, even though neither one is within their reach, yet. the question is, will president obama stop them before they reach these borders, or, in terms of the 3-year authorization that he is requesting, does he propose to return to congress, if and when they do?

    from israel’s point of view, a “special” request, just to protect israel, is problematic, so it would be much better to be included. unless the omission was intentional, and just part of his “feud” with netanyahu.

  • The world has learned nothing from the holocaust. For a while there was quiet after the holocaust but then all was forgotten My father was in Auschwitz and my mother in Skarsichko and I was born in a D.P. camp. My fathers first wife and children were murdered by the Nazis. The new Nazis , extremist Muslims, have raised their ugly heads and we need to annihilate them. World War 111 has begun. We must fight for the survival of Israel. Iran is our enemy. Isis is a cancer which must be eradicated. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • But– there are no jews in the areas that ISIL are fighting in now. And it was not ISIL that did the Paris attacks. So where are the Jews that Isis is threatening in Syria and Iraq? When you claim there is danger when there is none you actually weaken your case when there are danger and threats. Or is this simply throwing dirt at the Democrats and their President from a Jewish Republican — hoping that more will stick?

    • tal

      No, there are no longer any Jews in Iraq and Syria not beyond a handful anyways. Mainly because hundreds of thousands of them were forced from their homes by those governments in the 50’s. Either way I’ll actually agree that this is a non issue and it’s too be expected from a Jew hating administration anyways.

      When it comes to ISIS American Jewish super should focus on helping the Kurds and Yazidis

    • Hill

      you may not have noticed that ISIL is at the border with Israel, the Golan. They may be Al Nusra today or one of the other genocidal, so called moderate resistance fighters against Asad by tomorrow they will be ISIL. Hezubulla, Iran, they are all fighting ISIL so give them a nuke that will fix ISIL, but their charters, their rhetoric are all primarily for anihilating Israel. Even ISIL has stated their goal is to establish a chaliphate and then eliminate Al Yahude. Who do you think they mean? Your just like you all were during the 1930’s when Hitler came to power. Poopooed the threat to the Jews and then aided and abetted in their destruction. Now you want a repeat. Just keep it up. First they come for us, then they’ll come for you.

    • Emanuel

      No. Paris was a joint IS AQ effort, do your research before you speak!

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