AOC backs Ilhan Omar over controversial Israel statement

Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has defended her Democratic ally Ilhan Omar after the latter made controversial statements about Israel.

In a tweet, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said she was “sick” and “tired” of the attacks against Omar, who represents Minnesota, from members of the Democratic Party.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “Very sick and tired of the continued slander, intentional misogyny, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus.” “They have no concept of the dangers of leapfrogging to promote targeted news circles around and around private conversations.”

Ms Omar, who is a war refugee from Somalia and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, compared the alleged war crimes committed by the United States and Israel to the alleged war crimes committed by the Taliban and Hamas terrorist organizations. After doing it gave rise to controversy.

After being compared by congressmen, 12 Jewish Democratic lawmakers issued a statement regarding his comments.

“Comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misleading,” the lawmakers wrote.

The lawmakers said, “Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contempt organizations that indulge in terrorism discredits one’s intended logic and in the worst case reflects deep-seated prejudice. ” “The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, sometimes deserving of criticism, but false similarities give cover to terrorist groups. We range from Congress member Omar to the US and Israel to the ranks of Hamas and the Taliban Request you to clarify your point.

Democratic leadership – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and majority whip Jim Clyburn – also banded together to issue a statement amid the controversy.

“Lawful criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values ​​of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies,” the Democratic leadership issued in a statement. said.

“But drawing false parallels between democracies like the US and Israel, and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban, fuels prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” he said. .

Following the backlash, Ms Omar issued a clarification that appeared to reverse a portion of her controversial statement.

She said her original comments were focused on the ongoing International Criminal Court investigation and were not intended to make “moral comparisons” between terrorist organizations and the US and Israel.

“I was in no way comparing terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems,” Ms. Omar said.

The statement was enough for the Democratic leadership, who on Thursday issued an updated statement saying they “welcome” Congress’s clarification.

This was not the first time Ms Omar has experienced backlash from her colleagues for the statements she has made about Israel.


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