Facebook refuses to remove advert linking Rep. Ilhan Omar to Hamas which her staff claims could lead to ‘harassment and death threats’

Facebook is refusing to remove an advert from its social media platform which claims Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has links to Hamas.

Omar’s office reached out to the company to inform them the message was incorrect, with fears if could incite people to make death threats towards the lawmaker.

The advert was made by a pro-Israeli lobbyist group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

In one ad, Omar’s face can be seen  superimposed onto a scene of Hamas firing rockets towards Israel. The accompanying text reads: ‘When Israel targets Hamas, Rep. Omar calls it an act of terrorism.’

The ad is a twist on a tweet made by the congresswoman in which she said that Israeli airstrikes that kill civilians in Gaza was an act of terrorism.

However, Omar did not say that Israeli airstrikes that target Hamas were terrorist acts.

‘Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection,’ she wrote. ‘Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.’



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