This past Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar issued extreme criticism towards about a dozen of her fellow representatives. She showed her disdain over a statement made by a dozen Jewish Democrats that did not like comments Omar made via Twitter that seemed to accuse the United State and Israel of “crimes against humanity” and that compared the two democratic nations to the terrorist groups, Hamas and Taliban.
This past Thursday, The Daily Wire reported that the Jewish Democrats’ comments took issue with Omar’s words and issued the demand that Omar clarify whether she thinks that the United States and Israel are morally equivalent to the previously mentioned terrorist groups.
“Reps. Brad Schneider (IL), Jake Auchincloss (MA), Ted Deutch (FL), Lois Frankel (FL), Josh Gottheimer (NJ), Elaine Luria (VA), Kathy Manning (NC), Jerrold Nadler (NY), Dean Phillips (MN), Kim Schrier (WA), Brad Sherman (CA), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) slammed Omar in a statement,” stated The Daily Wire.
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” stated the group of representatives, who are led by Rep. Schneider. “Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”
“The United States and Israel are imperfect, and like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalence give cover to terrorist groups,” continued the group. “We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
On Thursday, Omar went on to issue the clarification by claiming that her statements had been taken out of context. She said she had been asking Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State, about current pending cases before the International Criminal Court.
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about ongoing International Criminal Court investigations,” Omar explained in her statement. “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. I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
The explanation put forth by Omar did not fully explain her initial statements, but before her Jewish Democratic associates could act, She issued another statement that accused the group of using “Islamophobic tropes” and of “constant harassment.”
“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,” tweeted Omar where she was suggesting that none of the people involved took the time to contact her personally. “The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment and silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”