Pelosi, top Democrats, slam Omar’s anti-American, anti-Israel statements

Joanna Estrada
Июня 13, 2021

In a separate pair of tweets, Omar called it "shameful" that fellow members of Congress "who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for "clarification" and not just call".

In a tweet Wednesday night before the 12 House Democrats released their statement, Omar said "every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats", and tweeted audio of one message that included a racial slur.

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".

In a statement, she said, "On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court Investigation".

"We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the United States and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban", wrote the group of senior Democrats.

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.

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

Omar made clear she wasn't making "a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the USA and Israel".

Rep. Brad Schneider welcomed Omar's statement on Thursday, saying that he was "pleased @Ilhan heard our concerns about her tweet, issued a clarification, and agrees with our point".

In remarks that drew the most attention, she said, "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban".

Omar at first did not budge from her position, spending the day retweeting other progressive members of Congress, such as Reps. We keep tripping over ourselves in the national media to give her yet another chance or another explanation. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who defended her against the outrage from the Jewish Democrats.

Her spokesperson explained on Tuesday that in 2020 the court "opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed by both the Taliban and the United States in Afghanistan, as well as allegations against Hamas and Israel in the 2014 Gaza conflict in 2021".

Tlaib said the House Democratic leadership should be "ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of colour".

"She's entitled to ask questions", Kristol said, adding he thought Democrats "did a pretty good job politically". "She is a liability to the committee, and she's a liability to the United States of America".

In March of 2019, the House approved an anti-hate resolution following remarks Ms. Omar made regarding Israel's influence in USA politics, which were viewed as anti-Semitic by some of her colleagues and for which she later apologized. And look - it's fine for her to critique American policy and Israeli policy.

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes", Ms. Omar said in a statement then, about an hour after Ms. Pelosi and the entire Democratic leadership publicly chastised her for engaging in "deeply offensive" anti-Semitic tropes.

Democratic strategist Steve Rabinowitz told JNS that while he personally would not have chosen Omar for the committee, Democrats are likely not calling for her removal because they believe that it's simply not necessary. "We consider anything less to be a form of complicity". "The world is not just Israel and the Palestinians".

McCarthy has resisted Democrats' calls to punish Marjorie Taylor Greene, who last month compared Pelosi's requirement that lawmakers wear masks in the House chamber to Nazis requiring Jews to wear yellow stars during the Holocaust. Do you know what the Taliban did to women in Afghanistan? "You got to do and say really, really despicable [stuff]".

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