Republican senators alarmed by Biden nominee's ties to 'anti-Israel' group

它的. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, 带领 a letter with seven of his GOP colleagues to Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Ben Cardin, D-Md。, calling for another hearing on Dilawar Syed, Biden’s nominee for SBA deputy administrator.

The lawmakers cited Syed’s membership with Emgage Action, the political action committee arm of Muslim advocacy group Emgage USA, saying the group isvocally anti-Israel.

While his membership was disclosed to the committee prior to his nomination hearing on April 21, the political organization has since made alarming statements that have members of your committee and the small business community that we represent seriously concerned,” the letter reads.

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The senators said Emgage Actionreleased incendiary statements during the regional unrestthat gripped Israel last month, citing a quote where Emgage Action referred to the state of Israel as theoccupier.

另外, the senators wrote that Emgage Actionamplified accusations that Israel is an apartheid state and issued a statement of supportafter Rep. 伊尔汗·奥马尔(Ilhan Omar), D-Minn。, “inexcusably equated” 美国. and Israel to terrorist organizations Hamas and the Taliban.

They also citedEmgage’s history of supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movementas well as the organization’sovertly anti-Israel positions and rhetoricas the reasons another confirmation hearing to make sure Syed’s confirmationwould not jeopardize small businesseswith Israeli ties or owned by Jewish Americans.

If an individual who supports these accusations was to be confirmed, it would hinder the close cooperation businesses in America and Israel have in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, medicine, bio-medicine and more,” the letter concludes.

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Emgage Action’s website page onPalestinian Annexationused to contain a paragraph claiming that Israel is undemocratically engaging inapartheid rule” 那 “stealsPalestinian land anddestroys their homes to make way for illegal Jewish settlements,” as well as preventing education and medical care.

Since an 四月 报告 by the Washington Free Beacon, 然而, Emgage Action appears to have whitewashed that page of the website page of the language.

Emgage Action also expressed their support forthe right to boycott, divest, and sanction, as well as the Right of Return of Palestinians” 在他们的 网站.

Cardin has been an outspoken opponent of the BDS movement and introduced a resolution 在 2019 至 “oppose efforts designed to delegitimize Israel or circumvent direct negotiations, specifically the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel.

The Maryland Democrat was joined by 69 of his Senate colleagues on the resolution, which blasted the BDS movement asa campaign that does not favor a two-state solution and that seeks to exclude the State of Israel and the Israeli people from the economic, cultural and academic life of the rest of the world.

Cardin’s office, the White House and Emgage did not immediately respond to Fox News’ 征求意见.

The letter was signed by Risch as well as other high-profile Republican senators, including Marco Rubio of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Joni Ernst of Iowa.

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