Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., clarified her “unthinkable atrocities” comments following stress from a few of her Democratic colleagues in a Thursday assertion.
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court investigations,” Omar mentioned within the assertion. “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.”
The “Squad” member added that she was “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
Omar’s assertion is the newest growth in a collection of back-and-forth comments between House Democrats that started after a Monday listening to with Blinken. Omar pressed the secretary on his opposition to the International Criminal Court investigating alleged conflict crimes in each “Palestine and Afghanistan.”
Omar insisted there are alleged conflict crimes to research dedicated by each “Israeli Security Forces and Hamas.” She then alleged the Taliban and the Afghan authorities are accountable for conflict crimes. The congresswoman grouped collectively the “unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban” in a Monday tweet sharing her comments made throughout the listening to.
Omar drew sharp condemnation from each side of the aisle for what members of Congress described as equating the United States and its long-standing ally Israel to the Hamas terrorist group and the Taliban.
A bunch of Jewish House Democrats issued a Wednesday assertion condemning the congresswoman’s remarks and tweets.
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” mentioned the letter signed by Democratic Reps. Brad Schneider of Illinois, Brad Sherman of California, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts and Ted Deutch of Florida.
“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 United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups.”
The group then urged Omar to “clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
Omar first responded in an early Thursday tweet accusing her colleagues of pushing “Islamophobic tropes.”
“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,” she mentioned. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
Omar added: “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC 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.”
Sherman mentioned in an unbiased assertion on the matter that “it’s not news” the congresswoman “would make outrageous and clearly false statements about America and Israel.”
“What’s newsworthy is that she admits Hamas is guilty of ‘unthinkable atrocities,'” he mentioned. “It’s time for all of Israel’s detractors to condemn Hamas. And it’s time for all those of good will to reject any moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel on one hand, and Hamas and the Taliban on the other.”
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.