Hamas: It's 'unacceptable' that Ilhan Omar equated us with Israel

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar D-Minn. speaks

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar D-Minn. speaks

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 global law. Ms. Omar seemed to allude to those pleas in her combative tweet.

"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity", she captioned the tweet.

"Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress".

As the controversy around her remarks appeared to pick up steam, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Vice Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar issued a rare joint statement.

"Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the USA and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all", the leaders said.

"The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress", she wrote. But when it's Democrats, it's especially hurtful. "Talk to us directly".

"Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia", Bush continued. "But also: why are only Jewish Democratic members of Congress calling Omar out for (insanely, outrageously) comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban?" The NRCC is the House GOP campaign organisation.

At the same time, Democrats find themselves with a very narrow majority in the House with just an eight-seat advantage over Republicans; any move to punish Omar could cause a greater backlash by progressives against the leadership in the House, imperiling Pelosi's agenda.

A dozen Jewish lawmakers called on Ilhan Omar to "clarify her words", but the Minnesota representative slammed the group's "tropes".

Only 12 Democrats condemned Omar, which is less than 6% of the total number of Democrats in the House of Representatives. It illustrates the fragile tensions that stem from Omar's outspokenness and views on foreign affairs that have at times differed greatly from those of her fellow Democrats. Two months after she arrived in Congress in 2019, the House approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry - without mentioning her - after she made remarks that critics said accused Israel supporters of having dual allegiances. 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 U.S. and Israel". Some Jewish Democrats have broadly criticized their colleagues, but until Wednesday refrained from naming them. They did not respond before their public chastisement, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

"False equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups", they added.

"It's shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for "clarification" and not just call", Omar said. "The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable", she wrote.

TW: Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats. While there may be elected officials in the party who agree with her sentiments regarding Israel's actions, the bluntness of her comments are largely unwelcome. "You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can't be hidden or silenced forever".

The line of questioning was about how the ICC opened an investigation in 2020 about the alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan by the Taliban and the United States, as well as an investigation this year into allegations against Hamas and Israeli forces dating to the 2014 Gaza conflict and why the Biden administration is opposing those investigations.

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