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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Wednesday said she has received death threats over recent comments she made comparing the actions of the U.S. and Israeli militaries to Hamas and the Taliban, blaming news coverage and GOP lawmakers for encouraging the calls for violence.
Omar shared audio of a message she said her office had received, tweeting, "Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats."
The message includes, "they destroy heritage, they destroy history. Just like Ms. Ilhan Omar."
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.
"Because Muslims are terrorists," the message continued. "And she is a raghead n-----. And every anti-American communist piece of s--- that works for her, I hope you f---ing get what's coming for you."
Omar in a follow-up tweet argued that message was "incited directly by articles like this and far right politicians like this," before attaching screenshots of a Fox News article referencing recent comments Omar made comparing the "unthinkable atrocities" of the U.S. and Israel with actions by Hamas and the Taliban.
"We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban," Omar tweeted, along with a clip from a hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The Democratic congresswoman also shared a screenshot of a tweet from GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.), who in a tweet Tuesday called Omar an "honorary member of Hamas."
Ilhan Omar calls out fellow Democrats for criticizing her as new controversy flares
Unlike in 2019, the Minnesotan's latest remarks have drawn no specific complaints of antisemitism from her party colleagues.In a tweet early Thursday morning, the Minnesota Democrat called her fellow House Democrats’ reaction “shameful” and said the group of critics failed to call her before releasing their statement. One person close to Omar said she — one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress — had tried to contact several of the Democrats involved in drafting the statement before its release but was unable to reach them.
"We have terrorist sympathisers in Congress and it is being normalized by the MSM," Boebert wrote.
This is incited directly by articles like this and far right politicians like this.
And it is enabled by a political culture-in both parties-that allows and often fuels Islamophobia.- Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)
Omar has received criticism from fellow lawmakers over her condemnation of U.S. military support for Israel, especially in the aftermath of the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.
Omar this week also drew the ire of Jewish Democratic lawmakers led by Rep. Brad Schneider (Ill.), who wrote in a statement, "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 lawmakers added.
Jewish House Democrats, Rep. Omar tangle anew over Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Jewish House Democrats have accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of likening the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and giving “cover to terrorist groups,” marking the latest flareup within the party over the Middle East. Hours after the dozen lawmakers released a statement criticizing their Democratic colleague from Minnesota, Omar fired back Thursday on Twitter. She accused them of “islamophobic tropes" and “constantHours after the dozen lawmakers released a statement criticizing their Democratic colleague from Minnesota, Omar fired back Thursday on Twitter. She accused them of “islamophobic tropes" and “constant harassment" and posted a threatening voice mail that she said the incident had prompted.
"The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups," the statement continued. "We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban."
In response, Omar tweeted, "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."
"The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable," she added.
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.
The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.- Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)
What Ilhan Omar Actually Said .
No one should believe that Omar thinks the United States is identical to the Taliban.Now, following Democratic outrage and Republican calls for a floor vote to strip Omar of her committee assignments, let me record the following for posterity: Omar demonstrably did not say what she’s been accused of having said; what she did say was true; and every politico using this opportunity to take a swing at her likely knows those two things—they just think you don’t.