Politics AOC rips into fellow Democrats for taking Ilhan Omar's comments on the US and Israel's potential war crimes out of context
'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.
- AOC slammed fellow Democrats for misconstruing Ilhan Omar's comments about war crimes inquiries.
- "Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification ... of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus," AOC tweeted.
- This came after Democrats misleadingly said Omar equated the US and Israel with terrorist groups.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Thursday blasted fellow Democrats for distorting comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota regarding potential war crimes committed by the US, Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban.
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.
"Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting ofcoming 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."
Other Democrats, including Reps. Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, and Betty McCollum, also defended Omar against the mischaracterization and criticism of her remarks on investigations into war crimes.
This came after a group of 12 Democrats put out a statement condemning Omar over remarks she made in a tweet regarding a discussion between the Minnesota lawmaker and Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Monday. The statement misleadingly accused Omar of "equating" the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and urged her to issue a clarification.
Rep. IIhan Omar accuses her Democratic colleagues of 'harassment' and invoking 'Islamophobic tropes' about her comments on US opposition to war crimes investigations
Omar says her fellow Democrats took her remarks about potential International Criminal Court investigations involving multiple parties out of context.A group of 12 fellow House Democrats put out a statement condemning remarks Omar made in an exchange with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a Monday congressional hearing.
But Omar was referencing two open International Criminal Court (ICC) cases into potential war crimes - oneand another Neither Israel nor the US recognize the authority of the ICC, and Omar questioned Blinken about the issue of accountability for atrocities in violent conflicts.
-Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan)
In a tweets responding to the statement from the group of Democrats,, "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, "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."
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It appears that Omar's instigations may have finally gone too far for the establishment to ignore. And this is new. Over the years, Omar has had several close encounters with accountability. On multiple occasions, she has even been called out by members of her own party for her anti-American and antisemitic statements.
Democratic leadership on Thursday also released a statement that distorted Omar's words and suggested she drew "false equivalencies" between democracies like the US and Israel and terrorist groups.
-Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)
-Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs)
Omar faces consistent attacks from fellow members of Congress
Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, has repeatedly had her comments on foreign affairs taken out of context by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as prominent groups in Washington.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby, released an ad during fighting between Israel and Hamas in May that superimposed Omar's image over Hamas rockets and distorted comments she'd made about the conflict.
The ad was prompted by an Omar tweet that said, "Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don't exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It's unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid."
McCarthy says Pelosi's failure to address 'abhorrent' Omar controversy shows 'Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's failure to address the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar shows "Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists."“It’s time for the Speaker to act,” McCarthy tweeted Thursday, calling comments Omar recently made “anti-Semitic & anti-American” and “abhorrent.
The AIPAC ad falsely stated, "When Israel targets Hamas, Rep. Omar calls it an act of terrorism."
At the time, House Speaker Nancy Pelositelling reporters, "I don't agree with Congresswoman Omar's comments, but it's very disappointing to see deeply cynical and inflammatory ads twisting her word."
Republicans haveabout Omar, who came to the US as a refugee from Somalia as a child,
The progressive Democrat has also been accused of anti-Semitism in relation to comments she's made on Israel, even as she's been
-Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)
In 2019,after sending a series of tweets that suggested politicians in Congress had been bought off by groups like AIPAC, which critics said played into anti-Semitic tropes. Omar at the time said, "Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes ... This is why I unequivocally apologize."
Meanwhile, influential politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is Jewish and, have against allegations of anti-Semitism with regard to criticism of the Israeli government.
"Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel," Sanders said in a statement in March 2019.
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.