The US Congresswoman denies she drew a ‘moral comparison’ between the US, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban.
US Congressman Ilhan Omar has hit back after a rare rebuke from his Democratic Party allies over his remarks that put the United States and Israel in the same category as the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and the Afghan armed group Taliban.
The Muslim US Congresswoman tweeted on Monday: “We have seen unimaginable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban”, condemning the bipartisanship and even seeing her accused of “antisemitism”. .
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she said in questioning her Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the US’s opposition to an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the alleged war. Tweeted with a video. Crime in Israel and Afghanistan.
A dozen Jewish lawmakers on Wednesday called on Omar to “clarify his words”, arguing that “comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misleading”. .
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, jumped. “Drawing false parallels between democracies like the US and Israel and groups involved in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban fuels prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” Pelosi said in a statement.
But Omar backtracked, calling the Jewish lawmakers’ comments “shameful” and “Islamophobic tropes”.
“Islamophobic tropes are offensive in his statement. The continued harassment and silence by the signatories of this letter is unbearable,” the Minnesota representative tweeted.
“It’s embarrassing to coworkers who call me when they need my support, now asking for “clarification” to make a statement, not just a call.
Omar’s spokesman Jeremy Slevin said Statement on Thursday that the group of lawmakers was “fouling the same Islamophobic hatred against him” as the far-right enemies who initially attacked Omar over his tweets.
Slyvin had earlier said that Omar reached out to the group before their statement was released to clarify, but their calls were not returned.
It’s embarrassing to coworkers who call me when they need my support, who now ask for “clarification” to make a statement, not just call.
Islamophobic tropes are offensive in this statement. The constant harassment and silence by the signatories of this letter is unbearable. https://t.co/37dy2UduW0
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) 10 June 2021
As the criticism mounted, Omar clarified his stance in a statement on Thursday: “On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the ongoing International Criminal Court investigation.
“To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents in relation to those ICC cases, not moral comparisons between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel.
“I was in no way comparing terrorist organizations with democratic countries with a well-established judicial system,” she said.
Omar also shared a threatening voicemail received by his office. She said in a tweet: “Every time I speak out on human rights I get death threats.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) 10 June 2021
Despite the criticism made against Omar, several lawmakers rallied in his defence.
US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is among a group of progressive legislators who have criticized US policy towards Israel, described it as Omar’s continued targeting and slander.
“Very sick and tired of the constant slander, deliberate mishandling, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus,” the New York Democrat tweeted.
“They have no concept of the dangers of leapfrogging to promote targeted news circles around and around private conversations.”
Very sick and tired of constant slander, intentional misogyny, and public targeting @BrothersMorning Coming from our caucus.
They have no concept of the dangers of leapfrogging except in private conversations and promoting targeted news circles around it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) 10 June 2021
Coming to her defense, Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan criticized House Democratic leaders’ statements, saying in a tweet: “Freedom of expression does not exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt exists for Muslim women in Congress.” No. The House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of congressmen of color.”
Freedom of expression does not exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of doubt does not exist for Muslim women in Congress. The House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive voice policing of congressmen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@rashida Tlaib) 10 June 2021
Representative Ayanna Pressley condemned Omar’s “bad faith attempts to take the words out of context,” while Representative Jamal Bowman called on fellow Democrats to “recognize the prejudices that fuel personal attacks and protect our allies.” ” requested.
“When a woman, a person of color, or a Muslim speaks out against injustice, there’s a backlash,” Bowman tweeted. “When [Omar] Speaks, the vitriol is complicated by her being all three. “
When a woman, a person of color or a Muslim speaks out against injustice, there is a reaction. When @BrothersMorning Speaks, the vitriol is complicated by her being all three.
As Democrats, we must recognize the prejudices that fuel the personal attacks and defenses of our allies. pic.twitter.com/KUpl81XgyO
— Jamal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) 10 June 2021
Progressive Democrats continued to express support for Omar throughout the day on Thursday, with the Congressional Progressive Caucus issuing a statement saying Omar’s “voice is important and necessary”.
“We cannot ignore a right-wing media echo chamber that has deliberately and regularly attacked a black, Muslim woman in Congress, distorting her views and intentions, and resulting in threats against her. [her] and its employees,” the statement said. “We urge our allies not to promote or enhance such divisive and irreligious tactics.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Party leaders said they “welcome” the clarification by Omar that “there is no moral equivalence between the US and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban”.
This is not the first time that Omar’s criticism of Israel has pitted him with members of his own party. In 2019, he apologized after members of both sides accused him of “anti-Semitism” for putting money behind Israel’s support.
A fragile peace deal was agreed after weeks of fresh uproar in the US Congress following the 11-day Israeli war on Gaza that killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children. At least 12 people, including two children, were killed in Israel in rocket attacks by Palestinian armed groups.