PAUL, MINNESOTA – “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN) is facing serious backlash from a terrorist organization and fellow Democrats after making comments equating Hamas to the United States and Israel.
Monday, Omar posted a video on Twitter showing her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a video call about the U.S.’s opposition to the International Criminal Court investigating alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and Israel. She tweeted:
“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.”
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.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist movement engaged in grassroots organizing and armed resistance and terrorism against Israel, denounced the Democratic radical progressive’s comments in a Friday press release:
“(Translated) The recent statements of Mrs. Ilhan Omar, a member of the US House of Representatives, in which she equated the victim with the executioner, are very surprising, as she equated the resistance of the Palestinian people on the one hand, and the crimes of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the American aggression in Afghanistan on the other.
The militant terrorist organization said that it appreciated Omar’s “just rights of our Palestinian people,” they “deplore” the inclusion of Hamas with the U.S. and Israel, calling it “contrary to justice and international law.”
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Mmm maybe look to yourself before you criticise America? 🤨 pic.twitter.com/oBTUZSZOOz
— Macer Gifford (@macergifford) June 9, 2021
Hamas went on to issue propaganda in support of its outrage at Omar’s comments, claiming that the Hamas advocates for peace and justice for Palestinians, while Israel and America violate international law and oppress them:
“The Palestinian people have been living under the Zionist occupation for more than seven decades, during which they suffered a lot, and the most heinous crimes were committed against them.
Throughout these decades, they remained steadfast, fighting for their freedom and independence, given all opportunities, showed a lot of flexibility, and paid very high prices to achieve these rights by peaceful means.
“However, the other side refused to comply with all international resolutions, and continued its arrogance and oppression of our people and threatening international stability and security, and unfortunately, with the full support and protection of successive US administrations.”
Hamas issued press release denouncing US Rep. Illhan Omar (@Ilhan) for equating the ‘Palestinian resistance’ to the ‘crimes’ of Israel & US invasion in Afghanistan. They appreciate her stance on justice, especially for Palestinians. But asks her to describe events ‘accurately.’ pic.twitter.com/gWO34xGQqx
— Joe Truzman (@Jtruzmah) June 11, 2021
Hamas asked that Omar, and all supporters of Palestine, to “describe things correctly and accurately because this is the most important starting point for laying the foundations for a just solution to this chronic conflict.”
Omar’s grouping of Hamas with the U.S. and Israel also did not sit well with some members of her own party. About a dozen House Democratic Jewish lawmakers publicly denounced her comments, accusing her of giving “cover” to terrorists.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 10, 2021
In a statement issued by the group, led by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), issued a statement asking Omar to issue a clarification of her remarks:
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided.”
Some of the signers of the statement included Reps. Brad Sherman (D-CA).; Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ); Jake Auchincloss (D-MA); and Ted Deutch (D_FL).
Jewish House Democrats call out Rep. Omar for equating US, Israel to Hamas, say comments ‘offensive’ | Just The News https://t.co/vSirDn4e2C
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) June 10, 2021
Omar shot back calling the Jewish lawmakers “shameful” and “Islamophobic tropes”:
“The Islamophobic tropes in their statement are offensive. The constant harassment and silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable”, the Minnesota representative 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.”
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Omar also felt the wrath of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who issued a statement from the leadership:
“Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of 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.”
“Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”https://t.co/0xspBV0iJp
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 10, 2021
While being attack from all sides for her comments, Omar found support in one reliable corner, her fellow “Squad” members. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted:
“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of (Omar) coming from our caucus. They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”
Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus.
They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 10, 2021
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) said Omar was being silenced by the leadership as a “Congresswoman of color”:
“Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.”
Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
Another “Squad” member, Cori Bush (D-MO) also has harsh words about the party leadership for their criticism of Omar for their “anti-blackness and Islamophobia”:
“Stop attacking [Omar]. Stop attacking us. I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.”
Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us.
I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly.
Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 10, 2021
In a statement issued Thursday, Omar’s Senior Communications Director/Strategist Jeremy Slevin released a statement defending her comments, and bizarrely blaming the “far right” for the negative Democratic reactions to her comments:
“As usual, the far right is ginning up hate against Rep. Omar for a technical question about an ongoing investigation. This has already led to an increase in death threats against her and our staff. And now some of her own Democratic colleagues are ginning up the same Islamophobic hate against her, accusing her of giving ‘cover to terrorist groups’ simply for exercising oversight over a criminal investigation.
“It is Rep. Omar’s role as a Member of Congress conducting federal oversight to follow the facts, ask questions of the Administration and work to make sure the public understands our government shouldn’t deny any person from seeking justice.”
President Biden and the White House have remained silent during the war of words occurring inside his Democratic party.
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