Rep. Ilhan Omar is trying to walk back her recent statements comparing the U.S and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas. No rational person should buy what Omar is selling. Omar is a hater, and she meant every word she said. Omar should be stripped of her committee assignments immediately.
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This hostage statement from Omar is meaningless.
She meant what she said.
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Rep. Omar's anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent.
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.
It’s time for the Speaker to act.
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Amid fallout, Omar walks back comments equating Israel, U.S. with Hamas, Taliban
Omar and Democratic leadership moved to defuse tensions Thursday afternoon
By Jewish Insider, June 11, 2021Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) walked back comments that appeared to equate actions by the U.S. and Israel to terrorist activities by the Taliban and Hamas amid rising tensions among House Democrats on Thursday.
The Minnesota congresswoman issued a statement Thursday afternoon that appeared to walk back portions of her previous remarks, saying that she was “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems” and that she was seeking “accountability for specific incidents regarding those [International Criminal Court] cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”
This statement appears at odds with her initial comments, in which she expressed doubt that the Israeli and American judicial systems were willing or able to address the alleged war crimes the ICC is investigating.
House Democratic leadership — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA), Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Caucus Vice Chair Pete Aguilar (D-CA) — issued a joint statement welcoming Omar’s “clarification… that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.”
“Drawing false equivalences 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 furture of peace and security for all,” the statement reads.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), who led a group of 12 Jewish House Democrats to condemn Omar on Wednesday, told Jewish Insider, “I am pleased Rep. Ilhan Omar heard our concerns about her tweet, issued a clarification and agrees with our point. I hope all can avoid such offhanded statements in the future as we work together to support American jobs [and] families,” adding, “Democracies should never be lumped in with terrorists.”
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), who also signed onto the Democrats’ statement, told JI, “I am pleased that Rep. Omar has clarified her remarks. I look forward to talking to her in person next week when we are back in D.C.”
Omar’s statement struck a distinctly different tone than her tweets earlier Thursday, in which she said that it was “shameful” for her colleagues to put out a public statement on the issue without contacting her privately first. She accused the 12 Jewish Democrats of spreading “islamophobic tropes” and of attempting to undermine International Criminal Court investigations of alleged war crimes.
“The constant harassment [and] silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” Omar said. “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas [and] Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from ‘deeply seated prejudice.’”
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