Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, came under fire from progressives Sunday night after he used his address at AIPAC\u0026#039;s policy conference to attack left-wing members of his caucus and throw his full support behind a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.\u0022Hoyer and the old guard in the Democratic Party leadership stand with AIPAC while attacking emerging leaders like Rashida Tlaib, AOC, and Ilhan Omar for fighting for a progressive and humane foreign policy.\u0022 —Waleed Shahid, Justice Democrats\u0022I stand with Israel, proudly and unapologetically,\u0022 said the Democrat from Maryland, whose remarks were immediately interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). \u0022So, when someone accuses American supporters of Israel of dual loyalty, I say: Accuse me. I am part of a large, bipartisan coalition in Congress supporting Israel. I tell Israel\u0026#039;s detractors: Accuse us.\u0022\u0022There are 62 freshman Democrats. Not three,\u0022 Hoyer added, in an apparent swipe at Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Omar.Read Hoyer\u0026#039;s full remarks.\u0022Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is at AIPAC throwing his own colleague, Ilhan Omar, under the bus. Shameful,\u0022 tweeted Shaun King, a columnist with The Intercept. \u0022And in one fell swoop, to fawning applause, he basically confirms @IlhanMN was right all along.\u0022Wow. DEMOCRATIC House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) is at @AIPAC throwing his own colleague, Ilhan Omar, under the bus. Shameful. And in one fell swoop, to fawning applause, he basically confirms @IlhanMN was right all along. https://t.co/yVKEibMGJq— Shaun King (@shaunking) March 24, 2019It\u0026#039;s seriously incredible that Steny Hoyer spent today of all days delivering an unhinged attack on his fellow Democrats in Congress. He should step down https://t.co/eTo0JqAwHw— Kenton (@KentonTilford) March 24, 2019Hoyer went on to express support for a bipartisan resolution condemning the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, which was introduced by House Democrats last week.Tlaib and Omar are the first members of the House to back the BDS movement. In a statement last week, Tlaib—a Palestinian-American—said the anti-BDS measure \u0022is aimed at suppressing free speech and moves us no closer to peace and understanding.\u0022\u0022Peaceful forms of speech, including economic boycotts, are constitutionally protected. Where would civil rights in the United States be without the heroic Montgomery bus boycotts?\u0022 Tlaib said. \u0022The economic boycott of Israel or any other government based on violations of human rights is about highlighting the injustices that need to stop.\u0022Hoyer was the first of several Democratic leaders scheduled to speak at AIPAC\u0026#039;s annual conference this week, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).Hoyer and the old guard in the Democratic Party leadership stand with AIPAC while attacking emerging leaders like @RashidaTlaib, @AOC, \u0026amp; @IlhanMN for fighting for a progressive and humane foreign policy.But as 2020 Democrats skip AIPAC, Hoyer \u0026amp; the old guard have already lost. https://t.co/ynjBZdapxE— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) March 25, 2019Under pressure from a diverse coalition of progressive advocacy groups, a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates vowed to skip AIPAC\u0026#039;s event.As Common Dreams reported last week, Jewish and Muslim organizations are calling on Pelosi and Schumer to cancel their planned AIPAC speeches.\u0022Giving AIPAC cover right when progressives are finally responding to their constituents and turning away from AIPAC is simply the wrong thing to do,\u0022 said Michael Deheeger, congressional organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace.