U.S. House takes pro-Israel vote following Jayapal comments
Catch up quick: Jayapal, who represents Washington's 7th Congressional District, told a group of anti-Israel protesters on Saturday that she is "fighting to make it clear that Israel is a racist state."
- The remarks spurred condemnation from both Republicans and Democrats, Axios' Andrew Solender reported.
- Jayapal walked back the comments on Sunday in a statement, saying: "Words do matter and so it is important that I clarify my statement. I do not believe the idea of Israel as a nation is racist."
Latest: The resolution approved Tuesday says "the State of Israel is not a racist or apartheid state“ and that "Congress rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia."
- It also declares that "the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel."
- Jayapal voted in support of the resolution.
What they're saying: Jayapal told The Seattle Times that she and other politicians of color have been unfairly singled out for criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
More Seattle stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Seattle.