U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, is not very happy that a small group of fellow Democrats issued a condemnation of her comments comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.
Quick to play the victim card, Omar decried the “harassment” and “islamophobic tropes” in the statement.
“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,” Omar whined in a tweet. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
She then tried to reframe her comments as a simple fact-finding mission, accusing her colleagues of trying to “deny justice” and “silence” the “truth.”
“Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from “deeply seated prejudice”. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can’t be hidden or silenced forever,” she concluded.
Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from “deeply seated prejudice”. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can’t be hidden or silenced forever.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
In a statement that was co-signed by 12 House Democrats, Omar was rebuked for her “offensive” and “misguided” attempt to equate the actions of the United States and Israel with the terrorist group Hamas.
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice,” the condemnation reads.
“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups,” it continues. “We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
The 12 Representatives who signed were:
- Brad Schneider, Illinois
- Jake Auchincloss, Massachusetts
- Ted Deutch, Florida
- Lois Frankel, Florida
- Josh Gottheimer, New Jersey
- Elaine Luria, Virginia
- Kathy Manning, North Carolina
- Jerry Nadler, New York
- Dean Phillips, Minnesota
- Kim Schrier, Washington
- Brad Sherman, California
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
While many see this as a step in the right direction (and away from radical ideologies) for the Democrat party, others wondered why there were so few brave enough to hold their own accountable.
I applaud the 12 members of Congress who signed the joint statement, but where are the rest?
The fear of progressive backlash is keeping many decent men and women in Congress from standing up for what’s right.
Denouncing Antisemitism & standing up for America shouldn’t be hard
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) June 10, 2021
Republican lawmakers applauded the move and called for Omar to be stripped of her committees.
Ilhan Omar must be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She should have never been appointed to this Committee in the first place. https://t.co/NCOuJkhdq6
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) June 10, 2021
I’m glad that a few Democrats are calling out Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism.
She should immediately be removed from her committees. https://t.co/mcQk4BIwGN
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 10, 2021
The statement stopped just short of accusing Omar of antisemitism, something with which she has been charged in the past.
Omar’s Bloomberg tweet deemed anti-Semitic ‘dog whistle,’ even by leftists like Martina Navratilova https://t.co/2fgVupKOMJ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 10, 2019
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