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US House passes Omar-led bill to counter Islamophobia globally

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks to reporters in the wake of anti-Islamic comments made by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 30, 2021. (Photo by AP)

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to counter Islamophobia all across the world as pressure is building on the Republican Party over some of its members’ anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The bill, which was originally introduced by Rep. Ilhan Omar, managed to obtain the full support of the Democratic representatives, while all the Republicans, 212, voted against it.

According to the legislation, a special office would be established within the State Department charged with identifying and confronting anti-Muslim violence around the globe, just like a similar office that had been previously launched for fight against anti-Semitism.

The move by the House comes as the progressives are calling for swift action on a resolution to strip Representative Lauren Boebert of her committee assignments after she likened Omar, a Somali-born American Muslim, to a suicide bomber.

Boebert in a recent statement apologized for her “Islamophobic and racist comments” after Omar and other Democrats called for an “appropriate action” against her for "anti-Muslim bigotry.”

But after a few days, Boebert showed no sign of remorse, posting a video that described her call with Omar and doubled down on her rhetoric against Muslims.

"Make no mistake. I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can't say the same thing and our country is worse off for it," Boebert said.

Over the past years, Omar, a vocal critic of Israel, has been frequently targeted by the Islamophobic attacks from Republican representatives, including Marjorie Taylor Greene who has repeatedly called Omar a member of the “Jihad Squad.”

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