Rep. Omar's Remarks Cause Uproar Among Democrats


Omar's views on Israel and Palestinian rights have often put her at crossroads with fellow Democrats, and GOP members often highlight her stanceto justify calls for her removal from committees.

But some House Democratic allies also rose to Omar's defense, saying that critics within the party should speak to her directly rather than issuing statements or using social media.

"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 US and Israel", she wrote in a press release.

In the exchange at a Monday hearing that prompted the brouhaha, Omar asked Blinken how victims of human rights violations inflicted by Israeli security forces and Hamas could seek justice if the US would not support an International Criminal Court investigation.

"The conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the USA and Israel", she noted, "I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems".

Hamas highly appreciates Omar's stances in support of justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost among them is the just rights of the Palestinian people.

Republicans - and some Democrats - demanded that she be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, but Democratic leaders refused. 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.

While Ms Omar subsequently clarified that she was only referring to specific International Criminal Court cases, her past sweeping condemnations have lost her the benefit of the doubt for many in her party. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban".

"She equated between the victim and the executioner when she treated the resistance of the Palestinian people, the Israeli crimes in Palestine, and the U.S. aggression in Afghanistan as an equal footing", Bassem Naim, the Islamist terror organization's worldwide spokesperson, said in a statement.

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Some Jewish Democrats hesitated to make a statement.

"Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate".

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"She's entitled to ask questions", Kristol said, adding he thought Democrats "did a pretty good job politically".

"If Democrats truly cared about Ilhan Omar's anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric, they would immediately take action to remove her from her committee assignments", NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said in a statement.

Pavlich echoed Hemmer's plea for gratitude, condemning Omar's "constant criticism of the country that saved her".

In their statement, the House Democratic leadership responded to Omar's clarification, writing: "We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the USA and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban". Even the Middle East is more than Israel and the Palestinians. "We consider anything less to be a form of complicity". They did not respond before their public chastisement, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions. She wants us to be one of many. "You got to do and say really, really despicable [stuff]".