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Politics 'Offensive': House lawmakers rebuke fellow Democrat Ilhan Omar for equating US, Israel with Hamas, Taliban

17:06  10 june  2021
17:06  10 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Ilhan Omar compares US to Hamas and Taliban, says all commit ‘unthinkable atrocities’

  Ilhan Omar compares US to Hamas and Taliban, says all commit ‘unthinkable atrocities’ Rep. Ilhan Omar says the United States, along with Hamas, the Taliban, and others, has committed "unspeakable atrocities," in her latest critique of the U.S. © Provided by Washington Examiner The Minnesota Democrat, who says the U.S. has yet to achieve social justice, compared the nation to the two groups designated as "foreign terrorist organizations" by the U.S. Department of State."We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S.

WASHINGTON – A group of House lawmakers is criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for comparing the human rights records of the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban — a rare public rebuke against a fellow Democrat.

"Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided," Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider and 11 other Democrats wrote in a joint statement issued late Wednesday. "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."

Jewish Democrats confront Ilhan Omar for giving 'cover to terrorist groups'

  Jewish Democrats confront Ilhan Omar for giving 'cover to terrorist groups' Ilhan Omar and a group of Jewish Democrats are waging a public battle sparked by her apparent comparison of the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, with those scolding her saying she gave “cover to terrorist groups” and Omar accusing her colleagues of using “islamophobic tropes.” © Provided by Washington Examiner The incident shows that while Republicans offer the most frequent criticism of Omar, she also frustrates those within her own party. A group of 12 Jewish Democrats led by Rep.

Ilhan Omar wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks during a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aug. 5, 2020. Omar is hoping to retain her seat as the representative for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. © Stephen Maturen, Getty Images Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks during a news conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aug. 5, 2020. Omar is hoping to retain her seat as the representative for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.

"The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups," they wrote. "We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban."

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Schneider led the group, which included Jake Auchincloss (Massachusetts), Ted Deutch (Florida), Lois Frankel (Florida), Josh Gottheimer (New Jersey), Elaine Luria (Virginia), Kathy Manning (North Carolina, Jerrold Nadler (New York), Dean Phillips (Minnesota), Kim Schrier (Washington), Brad Sherman (California), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Florida).

We don't need Ilhan Omar to 'clarify' her typically anti-Semitic, anti-American comments

  We don't need Ilhan Omar to 'clarify' her typically anti-Semitic, anti-American comments House Democrats have asked Rep. Ilhan Omar to “clarify” her recent comments comparing Israel and the U.S. to Hamas and the Taliban. What a laugh — they must have missed the last few years of Omar's antics, through which she has made her views abundantly clear. © Provided by Washington Examiner Omar started this debacle by saying that “we must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.

The group was reacting to a tweet Omar posted Monday.

"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity," she tweeted. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."

She included a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Monday. Several of the Democrats who criticized Omar sit with her on the panel. Her questioning came roughly two weeks after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect following an 11-day military confrontation that left hundreds dead and sparked international alarm.

AOC rips into fellow Democrats for taking Ilhan Omar's comments on the US and Israel's potential war crimes out of context

  AOC rips into fellow Democrats for taking Ilhan Omar's comments on the US and Israel's potential war crimes out of context Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, has repeatedly had her comments on foreign affairs taken out of context by other lawmakers."Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus," Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter. "They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.

A request for reaction to the lawmakers' statement was not immediately returned by Omar's office.

But in an early Thursday tweet responding to her colleagues, Omar called it "shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for 'clarification' and not just call. The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable."

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Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, has been a controversial figure since being elected in 2018. Then-President Donald Trump routinely attacked her and other members of "The Squad," women of color in Congress who advocate more progressive social policies.

She also drew fire from Republicans in 2019 over her comments about 9/11 that critics said minimized the terrorist attack that killed thousands of Americans in 2001. Democrats came to her defense then, arguing Omar's remarks were taken out of context.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Offensive': House lawmakers rebuke fellow Democrat Ilhan Omar for equating US, Israel with Hamas, Taliban

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer Defends Ilhan Omar After GOP Moves to Censure Her .
Republicans have pushed for Omar, who is Muslim, to be censured over a recent tweet in which she highlighted "unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."Republicans have pushed for Omar, who is Muslim, to be censured over remarks she made in a tweet last week in which she highlighted "unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban," in reference to an exchange she had with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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