ILHAN Omar has accused her fellow Democrats of “constant harassment and silencing” after they issued a statement containing “Islamophobic tropes.”
The Minnesota congresswoman on Thursday called her colleagues’ comments “shameful” after they reacted to her tweet comparing America to the Taliban and Hamas terror groups.
Ilhan Omar has accused her fellow Democrats of ‘constant harassment and silencing’[/caption]
The Minnesota Congresswoman on Thursday called her colleagues’ comments ‘shameful’[/caption]
Omar – one of two Muslim women in the House – tweeted shortly after midnight on Thursday: “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.
“The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
She also shared audio of a threat she received calling Muslims terrorists.
Her comments came after 12 Jewish Democrats, including Brad Schneider, Brad Sherman, and Josh Gottheimer, on Wednesday called for her to “clarify” her tweet from Monday.
Taliban fighters pictured in March. Republicans took the infighting as an opportunity to slam the Democrats[/caption]
Members of the Ezz al-Din al-Qassam brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, are pictured[/caption]
The group said in a statement: “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.”
They added: “The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups.
“We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
A source close to Omar told Politico she had tried to reach her Dem colleagues before they issued their statement, sparking her fierce rebuttal.
Omar issued further clarification on Thursday, writing: “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.”
Fellow “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib defended Omar, saying she is “tired” of colleagues “demonizing” her, calling their “obsession with policing her sick.”
She tweeted: “I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN. Their obsession with policing her is sick.
“She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible. That’s better than colleagues who look away if it serves their politics.”
Rep. Cori Bush added: “I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights.
“But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.”
Fellow “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib defended Omar, saying she is ‘tired’ of colleagues ‘demonizing’ her, calling their ‘obsession with policing her sick’[/caption]
But Republicans took the infighting as an opportunity to slam the Democrats.
GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California said: “Speaker Pelosi’s continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists.
“It’s time for the Speaker to act.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin said: “Ilhan Omar must be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She should have never been appointed to this Committee in the first place.”
The Minnesota Democrat had shared a video on Monday night in which she questioned Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and argued the US has also committed “unthinkable atrocities.”
Posting the clip Omar tweeted: “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”
Her questions to Blinken did not make the comparison she had suggested in her tweet.
Omar has compared America to the Taliban & Hamas terror groups in a tweet[/caption]
‘We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice’[/caption]
Last month Omar, member of the progressive “Squad” alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, slammed Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza strip as “terrorism.”
“Israeli airstrikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism,” Omar tweeted in response to the news.
“Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians.
“It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid,” she added, referencing the Muslim holy week.
In March Omar sparked further fury after saying a mass shooter’s race only really becomes the main focus “when they are not white.”
The congresswoman faced a backlash after suggesting there were different narratives used with shooting suspects depending on “race or ethnicity.”
And in February 2019, Omar triggered outrage when she wrote, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” in response to a tweet referencing House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s pledge to take “action” against her over her criticism of Israel.
She said then: “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.”
Omar later suggested that American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was paying politicians to take a favorable stance toward Israel.
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And she also received backlash after she said “some people did something” when speaking to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March 2019 about terror attacks on 9/11.
Omar is one of four in the progressive “Squad” of women of color that includes congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
All four members of The Squad were re-elected in November, and Omar won her district by a margin of nearly 40 percent.