Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among US House Democrats

Yolanda Curtis
June 13, 2021

Pelosi released a statement calling Omar's "use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters" deeply offensive and insisted she apologize.

Omar had tweeted Monday that "we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban". Republicans, meanwhile, called for Omar to be stripped of her assignment on the foreign affairs panel. "The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups".

As criticism of her grew, Omar issued a clarification, saying her tweets had been focused on investigations by the International Criminal Court and were "not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel".

"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 tweeted.

Federalist Publisher and Fox News Contributor Ben Domenech said on "Special Report with Bret Baier" Thursday Democrats should approach the latest episode of antisemitism from Minnesota Rep. Ilham Omar with greater concern. Bush said she expects criticism from Republicans, but it was "especially hurtful" that Omar was facing backlash from Democrats.

Omar later clarified her remarks.

"As usual, the far right is ginning up hate against Rep. Omar for a technical question about an ongoing investigation", he said. In 2019, she tweeted about the relationship between the US and Israel being "all about the Benjamins", an antisemitic trope.

A United States congresswoman has hit back after a rare rebuke from Democratic colleagues over her remarks seeming to liken the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Ms. Omar seemed to allude to those pleas in her combative tweet.

"To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the United States and Israel", she said.

"The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive".

Only 12 Democrats condemned Omar, which is less than 6% of the total number of Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Omar said she was "in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries" after Jewish Democratic lawmakers accused her of likening the United States and Israel to Hamas and Afghanistan's Taliban in a tweet.

He said that her role as a member of that committee is to "ask questions of the Administration and work to make sure the public understands our government shouldn't deny any person from seeking justice". "The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable".

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday also called for Omar to clarify her statement and added that "there is no moral equivalency between the US and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban". "Talk to us directly".

Despite their condemnation, the representatives made no mention of whether they believed that Omar should be relieved of her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee, a form of punishment that recently had been successfully applied against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) earlier this year and former Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King in 2019.

She also said her comments did not reflect prejudice and cited an International Criminal Court investigation of the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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.

Sources said there was unanimous frustration among the caucus members with Omar's comment, but not about how to address it. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a leading progressive, appeared to be hesitant, but did not outright oppose a statement, the sources said.

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