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Pelosi backs Jewish Democrats’ rebuke of Ilhan Omar for equating U.S., Israel with Hamas, Taliban

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday sided with Jewish Democrats in rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar’s statements equating the united statesand Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

Ms. Pelosi stopped brief of taking official punitive motion in opposition to Ms. Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and member of the far-left “Squad” that has usually been at odds with celebration management.


The scolding of Ms. Omar was delivered in a press release by Ms. Pelosi and the whole House Democratic management group.

“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate,” they mentioned within the assertion. “And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies. But 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.”

They mentioned Ms. Omar’s clarification of her remarks was passable: “We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.”

Still, Ms. Omar’s anti-America and anti-Israel rhetoric widened the rift between far-left members and the remainder of the Democratic caucus.

The episode builds on divisive anti-Israel statements made by Ms. Omar and her far-left colleagues through the Israel-Hamas preventing final month, in addition to different others inflammatory rhetoric in prior years.

In March of 2019, the House authorised an anti-hate decision following remarks Ms. Omar made relating to Israel’s affect in U.S. politics, which had been considered as anti-Semitic by some of her colleagues and for which she later apologized.

That time, the rebuke of Ms. Omar started as a transfer to censure her however the decision was watered down by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants to broadly condemn hate speech. Ms. Omar was not particularly named within the decision.

Mrs. Pelosi and her Democratic management group issued their statemen as House Republicans started calling for motion in opposition to Ms. Omar.

“Speaker Pelosi’s continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists,” House Republican Leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, mentioned through Twitter Thursday.

Ms. Omar posted the offending remarks on Twitter Monday following her questioning of Secretary of State Antony Blinken about U.S. assist for the International Criminal Court.

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Ms. Omar requested Mr. Blinken at a Foreign Affairs Committee listening to. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”

A bunch of 12 Jewish Democratic lawmakers issued a press release condemning the remarks and calling on Ms. Omar to make clear her assertion.

“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the lawmakers mentioned. “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.”

But the assertion led to additional infighting Thursday, with a number of Squad members coming to Ms. Omar’s protection, claiming the Jewish Democrats mischaracterized Ms. Omar’s assertion and calling the response Islamophobic.

“Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us,” mentioned Rep. Cori Bush, Democrat from Missouri. “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.”

“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus,” mentioned Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat. “They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”

Ms. Omar’s office launched a number of statements in response to the uproar.

In the primary, Ms. Omar’s senior Communications Director, Jeremy Slevin accused the far proper of inciting loss of life threats in response to the occasions.

“As usual, the far right is ginning up hate against Rep. Omar for a technical question about an ongoing investigation,” Mr. Slevin mentioned within the assertion. “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.”

Ms. Omar later launched a press release to make clear her remarks from Monday. She mentioned that her remarks throughout Mr. Blinken’s testimony had been regarding ongoing investigations by the International Criminal Court and never meant to equate Hamas and the Taliban to the U.S. and Israel.

“To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” she mentioned. “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”

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