Politics Jewish Democrats confront Ilhan Omar for giving 'cover to terrorist groups'
Kevin McCarthy won't let go of the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar, but Democrats have moved on
McCarthy called for Omar's removal from the House Foreign Affairs committee, adding to the GOP's latest attacks on the Minnesota lawmaker.McCarthy urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strip Omar from the committee based on what he described as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" language from the Minnesota lawmaker.
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.”
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. Brad Schneider of Illinois released a statement on Wednesday night scolding the Minnesota Democratic congresswoman and “Squad” member.
Hamas 'Deplores' Rep. Ilhan Omar's Comparison of U.S., Israel to Their Mission
"We deplore this unfair combination that is contrary to justice and international law," the Hamas website stated.Hamas on Friday, while praising Omar's stance in "defending justice," chastised her for comparing their group to the U.S. and Israel.
“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 United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
The other signers were Reps. Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, and Lois Frankel of Florida; Jerry Nadler of New York; Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey; Elaine Luria of Virginia; Kathy Manning of North Carolina; Dean Phillips of Minnesota; Kim Schrier of Washington; and Brad Sherman of California.
'Offensive': House lawmakers rebuke fellow Democrat Ilhan Omar for equating US, Israel with Hamas, Taliban
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan 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.
The statement was a response from a Monday tweet from Omar that asserted: “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.”
Included in the tweet was a video of Omar questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the prosecution of "alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity," though she did not specifically compare the U.S. to terrorist organizations in the video.
Shermana harsher solo statement on Wednesday.
“It’s not news that Ilhan Omar would make outrageous and clearly false statements about America and Israel. What’s newsworthy is that she admits Hamas is guilty of ‘unthinkable atrocities,’” Sherman said. “It’s time for all of Israel’s detractors to condemn Hamas. And it’s time for all those of good will to reject any moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel on one hand, and Hamas and the Taliban on the other.”
Pelosi seeks to quell uproar over Omar's latest comments
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she welcomed a clarification from Rep. Ilhan Omar over a tweet about Israel that critics on both sides of the aisle said had unfairly compared the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups. In a written statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “drawing false equivalences between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines peace and security for all.” “We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” Pelosi continued.
Omar hit back at the group of Democrats, accusing them of “constant harassment & silencing” and using offensive “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,” she 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.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)
Fellow left-wing Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan came to Omar’s defense.
“I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN. Their obsession with policing her is sick,” Tlaib said.
I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing. Their obsession with policing her is sick. She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible. That's better than colleagues who look away if it serves their politics.
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"Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus," the congresswoman said in defense of Ilhan Omar on Twitter."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. I asked@SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice," Omar, who represents Minnesota, wrote in a June 7 tweet.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib)
Omar alsothat “this is the kind of incitement and hate that leads to real violence,” sharing audio of a person hoping for her death.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, a frequent critic of Omar, said that the Democratic statements criticizing her did not go far enough.
“If Democrats truly cared about Ilhan Omar’s anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric, they would immediately take action to remove her from her committee assignments,” NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said in a statement. “Speaker Pelosi’s silence on Omar’s raging anti-Semitism is downright cowardly.”
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Dan Crenshaw calls for Ilhan Omar to be stripped of committee assignments .
Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Rep. Ilhan Omar should be fired from her committee assignments in Congress. © Provided by Washington Examiner The Texas Republican joined other members of his cohort in taking issue with Omar appearing to equate the actions of the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, although the Minnesota Democrat claims her comments have been misconstrued. “I think she absolutely should be fired," Crenshaw said during an interview on Fox News's Fox & Friends on Friday. "This is a pattern with her, too. This isn’t just a one-off," he added.