Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among US House Democrats

Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among US House Democrats

Not only did Omar's comments invoke condemnation from Republicans and, ironically, an actual terrorist group, but even Democrats - including party leadership - believe Omar's conflation of Israel and the USA with terrorists was unacceptable.

In her tweet, shared with a more detailed video that explains the need for worldwide justice mechanisms, Omar said: "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice", Omar said in the tweet.

Omar said she was "in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries" after Jewish Democratic lawmakers accused her of likening the USA and Israel to Hamas and Afghanistan's Taliban in a tweet.

CONGRESSWOMAN Ilhan Omar's comparison of Hamas and the Afghan Taliban with the USA and Israel has raised a media storm in her home country.

Her spokesperson explained on Tuesday that in 2020 the court "opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed by both the Taliban and the United States in Afghanistan, as well as allegations against Hamas and Israel in the 2014 Gaza conflict in 2021".

"But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the United States 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".

Jeremy Slevin, a spokesman for Omar, told The Washington Post that Omar tried to reach out to those Democrats who signed the joint statement but her calls were unreturned.

The six-person Democratic leadership team, which includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, issued a rare joint statement following Omar's statement, writing they "welcome [Omar's] clarification".

On Thursday, Omar tweeted that it was "shameful" that fellow Democrats who sometimes seek her support on issues didn't ask her for an explanation by simply calling her. "Islamophobic tropes" deployed against her. "The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable", she wrote.

"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity", she wrote, including a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a committee hearing in the House of Representatives. The comparison of sovereign actors such as the United States and Israel and Hamas, which won an election, and the Afghan Taliban, which once ruled Afghanistan with limited recognition, may not be apt. This is especially true since this is not the first time that she's made these types of remarks. We're your colleagues. Talk to us directly.

Ms. Omar's office released several statements in response to the uproar.

"This is incited directly by articles like this and far right politicians like this". She shared a recording of a recent expletive-laden threat she received that called Muslims terrorists and referred to her using racial slurs like "raghead" and the n-word.

She added: "I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems". "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban".

Fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib who, along with Omar, was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018, spoke out in support of Omar.

Tlaib wrote on Twitter that she was exhausted of her Republican and Democratic colleagues demonizing Omar. "She should not be in Congress, much less on the House Foreign Affairs Committee". "She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible", Tlaib tweeted.

The analogy prompted outrage from a dozen Jewish Democrats in the House.

Despite their condemnation, the representatives made no mention of whether they believed that Omar should be relieved of her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee, a form of punishment that recently had been successfully applied against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) earlier this year and former Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King in 2019.

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