Democrats rebuke Ilhan Omar on war crimes tweet, fueling more death threats

Alonzo Simpson
June 13, 2021

"Rep. Omar should be removed from [the House Foreign Affairs Committee] and some".

"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity", she wrote.

"We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the USA and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban", they said.

Hamas highly appreciates Omar's stances in support of justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost among them is the just rights of the Palestinian people.

Rep. Ilhan Omar issued a statement clarifying comments she made earlier this week that appeared to compare the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, prompting criticism from both sides of the aisle and from Democratic leadership.

Tlaib said the House Democratic leadership should be "ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of colour".

"The United States and Israel are imperfect, and like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalence give cover to terrorist groups. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies", the statement read. "But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the USA and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all". Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts; Ted Deutch, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel of Florida; Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey; Elaine Luria of Virginia; Kathy Manning of North Carolina; Jerrold Nadler of New York; Dean Phillips of Minnesota; Kim Schrier of Washington state; and Brad Sherman of California.

12 of Omar's House colleagues accused her of equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

"It's shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for "clarification" and not just call", she said.

"The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive".

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Omar's tweet stemmed from a question she asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday about where victims of attacks by the Israeli or Afghan governments can go for justice. This is unacceptable, especially for a U.S. Member of Congress. The comparison of sovereign actors such as the U.S. and Israel and Hamas, which won an election, and the Afghan Taliban, which once ruled Afghanistan with limited recognition, may not be apt.

In March of 2019, the House approved an anti-hate resolution following remarks Ms. Omar made regarding Israel's influence in US politics, which were viewed as anti-Semitic by some of her colleagues and for which she later apologized.

A USA congresswoman has hit back after a rare rebuke from Democratic colleagues over her remarks seeming to liken the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

Omar's office did not respond to requests for comment Thursday, but Omar's senior communications director and strategist Jeremy Slevin issued a statement. She later said, "I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems".

"She is a liability to that committee", Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) said in a Friday afternoon appearance on Fox News.

"I am exhausted of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN". In 2019, she tweeted about the relationship between the USA and Israel being "all about the Benjamins", an antisemitic trope. While there may be elected officials in the party who agree with her sentiments regarding Israel's actions, the bluntness of her comments are largely unwelcome. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who defended her against the outrage from the Jewish Democrats.

She also wrote, "Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats". "Talk to us directly".

That time, the rebuke of Ms. Omar began as a move to censure her but the resolution was watered down by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants to broadly condemn hate speech.

The House GOP's campaign arm, chaired by Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, helped led the criticism Tuesday along with Republican members of Congress. Arkansas Sen.

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