Ilhan Omar tweet prompts dispute among US House Democrats

Omar tweet faces pushback from Democrats

The matter also became the focus of a Wednesday meeting of the unofficial caucus of 25 Jewish Democrats in the House, which had been convened to discuss the recent uptick in antisemitism, but was steered by Representative Brad Schneider of IL to focus on Omar.

Omar had tweeted Monday that "we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban".

A group of 12 fellow House Democrats put out a statement condemning remarks Omar made in an exchange with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a Monday congressional hearing.

"The conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel", she noted, "I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems".

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.

A Republican effort to remove Omar from her committees would likely fail in the Democratic-run chamber but would spotlight divisions within the party that the GOP has sought to exploit before. To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC [International Criminal Court] cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel. This is reprehensible", he said of Omar, adding, "She was born in Somalia. We keep tripping over ourselves in the national media to give her yet another chance or another explanation.

Rep. Cori Bush, a Democratic freshman from Missouri, also criticized those Democrats who issued the statement rather than talk directly to Omar.

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". "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.

In response, Omar accused her colleagues of engaging in islamophobia.

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"I was in no way equating terrorist organisations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems", she said. It's a growing problem in the way she views America.

Israel critic and Omar ally Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also attacked the signatories of the letter, asserting that they were "demonizing" Omar and that "their obsession with policing her is sick". And look - it's fine for her to critique American policy and Israeli policy.

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.

In 2019, antisemitic comments from Omar about USA support for Israel prompted bipartisan condemnations from members of Congress and ultimately a House resolution denouncing antisemitism. "The world is not just Israel and the Palestinians". But there can be little denying the fact that Washington and Tel Aviv have indulged in actions not too dissimilar - and at times even worse - than the Palestinian and Afghan groups.

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.

"You know, you got to do some egregious [stuff] to be taken off of a committee", he said.

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