House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Ilhan Omar of fomenting ‘prejudice’ by establishing a false equivalence between democracies like the United States and Israel and terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban. His condemnation is the latest sign of tensions within the Democratic Party, as progressive members of the so-called “squad” insist that Israel be held accountable for its actions against the Palestinians. Omar accused critics of him within the Democratic Party of fomenting “Islamic hatred against her” after they complained that he was comparing the atrocities committed by US and Israeli troops with those of terrorist groups. Pelosi intervened Thursday afternoon in an effort to end the dispute. She said legitimate criticisms of the United States and Israel were protected by the values of democratic debate. “But establishing false equivalences between democracies like the United States and Israel and groups involved in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban fosters prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” she said. “We welcome the clarification from Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalence between the United States and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.”
Omar has frequently disagreed with members of his own party in the Middle East. The latest dispute stems from his pressuring Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into abuses by both Hamas and the Israeli security forces. On Twitter, he went further, describing “unthinkable atrocities” committed by the United States, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban, prompting a backlash and accusations of “false equivalences” between “flawed” democracies and terrorist groups. Her office claimed that the result was an increase in death threats against her. And Omar responded on Twitter: ‘It is embarrassing that colleagues who call me when they need my support issue a statement asking for’ clarification ‘and not just call. “The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment and silencing of the signatories of this letter is unbearable. ‘ Her senior communications director, Jeremy Slevin, said: ‘As usual, the far right is generating hatred against Rep. Omar for a technical question about an ongoing investigation. This has already led to an increase in death threats against her and her staff. “And now some of hers own Democratic colleagues are generating the same Islamophobic hatred against her, accusing her of” covering terrorist groups “simply for overseeing a criminal investigation.” Omar insisted that her words had been taken out of context. “To be clear: the conversation was about responsibility for specific incidents related to those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the United States and Israel,” she said. “In no way was he equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.” Even so, she quickly returned to the attack, implying that hers was quicker to make anti-Israel remarks with the party than her own caucus among Republicans. She highlighted Rep. Mo Brooks’s comments in 2019 saying: ‘Muslims, more than most people, have great animosity towards Israel and the Jewish faith.’ She asked: ‘When will our group come to grips with hatred towards its Muslim colleagues and constituents?’ Omar returned to the attack on Thursday afternoon, after clarifying his previous comments of her, saying that he was ‘in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems’ +9 Omar was back in the attack Thursday afternoon, after clarifying his earlier comments of her, saying that he was “ in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems. ” The teammates ran to defend her from Omar on Twitter with messages of solidarity. Tlaib condemned hers of her colleagues and ‘her obsession of hers with watching over hers of hers’ as sick +9 The teammates ran to defend her from Omar on Twitter with messages of solidarity. Tlaib condemned her colleagues and ‘his obsession of hers of hers to watch over hers of hers’ of her as sick Fellow members of the so-called ‘squad’ of progressive Democrats, Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, used Twitter to show solidarity with Omar. “I’m tired of my colleagues (both D + R) demonizing,” Tlaib wrote. Her obsession with hers to watch over hers is sickly. She has the courage to speak out against human rights abuses no matter who she is responsible for. That’s better than colleagues who look the other way if she serves her politics. ‘ An unofficial group of 25 Jewish Democrats met Wednesday to discuss anti-Semitism after the provocative tweet was posted on Monday. Omar had said: ‘We must have the same level of responsibility and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.” New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin said Omar should be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. “ She should never have been appointed to this committee in the first place, ” he tweeted on Wednesday night. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat serving since 1997, denounced the comments in an irate press release.
Schakowsky previously joined Omar in a campaign against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Omar’s office did not respond to a previous request from DailyMail.com about the specific ‘atrocities’ he was referring to in his tweet for which the United States is responsible.
Jeremy Slevin, a spokesman for Omar, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: ‘As usual, the far right is generating hatred against Representative Omar over a technical question about an ongoing investigation.
“The role of the congresswoman as a member of Congress who conducts federal oversight is to follow the facts, ask questions of the administration, and work to make sure the public understands that our government should not deny anyone seeking justice.”
David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, said: “Beyond shocking. Beyond the reprehensible.
Brad Sherman, a high-ranking Democrat who has served since 1997, denounced the comments in an irate +9 press release.
Brad Sherman, a high-ranking Democrat who has served since 1997, denounced the comments in an irate press release.
Will the members of the party itself speak of it?
Several Republican lawmakers have criticized Omar for the “heinous assault.”
“This should not be controversial: America is not a terrorist organization,” South Carolina Representative Elect Nancy Mace tweeted Tuesday. “Final point”.
“It is absolutely disconcerting that Representative [Ilhan Omar] continues her brutal and heinous assault on the United States, comparing our country to terrorists,” she added.
Florida Rep. Brian Mast tweeted: ‘This is absolutely disgusting of a member of Congress. I lost two legs and a finger defending America and fighting the radical Islamic terrorists that [Ilhan] Omar now defends. She is completely incapable of serving our country. ‘
The ‘Squad’ member included a clip in her tweet in which she questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken as part of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Monday on the budget request and foreign policy strategy. of the State Department.
Her line of questioning, unlike her tweet, did not include her association of the United States with terrorist organizations.
Instead, she asked Blinken how he plans to help people in areas where Hamas and the Taliban are committing war crimes, including places like Israel, the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan.
“I asked [Secretary Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice,” Omar tweeted about her line of questions.
South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace said “it shouldn’t be controversial at all” to say that the United States “is not a terrorist organization.” She called Omar to resign +9
South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace said “it shouldn’t be controversial at all” to say that the United States “is not a terrorist organization.” She called Omar to resign
The US-Somali congresswoman’s comments come shortly after a ceasefire was called between Israel and Hamas, which operates in Gaza, following a deadly 11-day conflict.
More than 250 people died in the conflict and thousands more were injured.
Omar saw some backlash over her tweet, including questions about why she serves in Congress if she “hates America.”
‘If Ilhan Omar hates America enough to say America committed atrocities equal to #Hamas and #Taliban, why is she a member of the United States Congress?’ TV reporter Trish Regan tweeted. He should resign !!
Former CIA Operations Officer Bryan Dean Wright tweeted: ‘Ilhan Omar claims, without proof, that America is a war criminal, sharing honor with Hamas, the Taliban and his favorite of all villains: the Jewish state ‘.
Democrats criticized the government of President Joe Biden for not being tougher on Israel and sending more humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
After working behind the scenes on a ceasefire between the two entities, Biden assured that he is focused on the two-state solution so that both Israel and the Palestinians have their own land.
Republicans, however, criticized the president for not doubling down on the United States’ commitment to defend Israel.
Omar and other members of the ‘squad’, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, have expressed their support for the Palestinians and criticized Israel.
Tlaib is the first woman of Palestinian descent to be elected to the United States Congress.
Conservative TV journalist Trish Regan criticized Omar for ‘hating America’ and said he ‘should quit’
The television journalist co