Democrats rebuke Ilhan Omar on war crimes tweet, fueling more death threats

Omar tweet faces pushback from Democrats

Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of MI and the House's only Palestinian American, who has called Israel's policies "apartheid" and "racist", defended Ms. Omar.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democratic leaders issued a critical statement but appeared satisfied with a "clarification" she made.

Backlash against Omar stems from a video tweeted Monday in which she states that "We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity".

Ms. Omar posted the offending remarks on Twitter Monday following her questioning of Secretary of State Antony Blinken about USA support for the International Criminal Court.

CONGRESSWOMAN Ilhan Omar's comparison of Hamas and the Afghan Taliban with the U.S. and Israel has raised a media storm in her home country.

We appreciate Mrs. Ilhan Omar's stances in defending justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost of which are the just rights of our Palestinian people, but we deplore this unfair combination that is contrary to justice and worldwide law.

Meanwhile, several House Republicans have called on Pelosi to remove Omar from her committee assignments.

In her later statement, Omar said her conversation with Blinken "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".

Throw in that she seemingly equated not only Israel but the United States with the Taliban as committers of "unthinkable atrocities", and a quick rebuke was inevitable.

The Jewish Democrats met Wednesday to discuss rising antisemitism after the Gaza conflict, but Schneider steered the conversation to Omar, whose tweet had drawn sharp criticism from centrist and rightist pro-Israel groups and Israeli officials, as well as Republicans and conservative media.


A USA congresswoman has hit back after a rare rebuke from Democratic colleagues over her remarks seeming to liken the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

Some Jewish Democrats hesitated to make a statement. "The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups". "And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies", said the statement signed by Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, fellow "progressive" member Hakeem Jeffries who is the Democratic Caucus Chairman, and Vice Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar. Whether in the name of fighting terrorism or bringing "democracy" to these states, America's uninvited military adventurism has resulted in massive death and destruction for the peoples of these countries.

She also accused her critics of bigotry, saying, "The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive".

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

Omar tweeted that the 12 Democrats who criticized her should have spoken with her rather than putting out the statement.

The Palestinian people have been living under the Zionist occupation for more than seven decades, during which they suffered a lot, and the most heinous crimes were committed against them.

Our people under occupation enjoy their inherent right to resist the occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, and here we remember the famous saying of the worldwide activist Nelson Mandela: "It is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of the struggle", what our people have done over the years The past, and what we are doing now, is a legitimate and guaranteed right.

Ms. Omar's use of the term "tropes" this week in describing her colleagues' request for clarification was a defiant echo of that earlier altercation. They said she should "clarify" what she meant.

She posted an excerpt of an expletive-laden voice mail she said she'd just received with a caller saying he hopes she gets "what's coming for you".

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