US Group of House Dems condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar, accusing her of comparing U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban
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WASHINGTON — A dozen House Democrats publicly criticized their colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., late Wednesday, accusing her of giving "cover" to terrorist and suggesting her remarks about Hamas and the Taliban reflect a "deep-seated prejudice."
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the group, led by Rep. Brad Schneider, of Illinois, said in a statement, urging Omar to "clarify" her remarks.
Omar responded to her critics by calling their statement "offensive" and defending her initial remarks.
The statement by the group of lawmakers said that the U.S. and Israel are “imperfect” and are at times deserving of critique, “but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups.”
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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.
“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 group wrote.
The statement by a group of Jewish lawmakers was a rare public display of the long simmering tensions over what some fellow Democrats have argued are anti-Jewish sentiments by Omar. The House previouslyin response to statements Omar made, but the resolution did not name her.
Omaron Twitter on Monday showing her speaking on a video call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
"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,” she wrote on Twitter, echoing her remarks on the video.
Rashida Tlaib comes to defense of Ilhan Omar after Minnesota lawmaker made comments comparing US and Israel to Taliban and Hamas
Rep. Rashida Tlaib came to the defense of fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar after Omar was condemned by a group of 12 Jewish Democrats for her comments comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. © Provided by Washington Examiner “I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN,” Tlaib said on Twitter. “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.
Omar responded to the group in a separateearly Thursday, calling it "shameful" that the group released a statement instead of speaking to her directly.
"The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” she wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, Omar defend her initial remarks: “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the [The International Criminal Court] 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.”
The statement criticizing Omar was also signed by Reps. Jake Auchincloss, of Massachusetts; Ted Deutch, of Florida; Lois Frankel, of Florida; Josh Gottheimer, of New Jersey; Elaine Luria, of Virginia; Kathy Manning, of North Carolina; Jerry Nadler, of New York; Dean Phillips, of Minnesota; Kim Schrier, of Washington; Brad Sherman, of California; and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida.
Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias .
House progressives rallied behind Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday as she sought to clarify that her discussion of alleged international human rights abuses wasn't drawing false equivalence between the U.S. and terrorist groups, with some arguing that she is being held to a racist double standard.Omar and others went on to accuse the group of 12 Jewish House Democrats and vocal supporters of Israel who issued a statement asking her to "Omar and others went on to accuse the group of 12 Jewish House Democrats and vocal supporters of Israel who issued a statement asking her to "clarify" her comments of unfairly targeting her out of inherent anti-Muslim and racial bias.