US Congressman Ilhan Omar has retaliated after a rare reprimand from his Democratic counterparts over remarks that the United States, Israel, the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and the Afghan Taliban were touted.
The Muslim American congressman wrote in his tweets on Monday. “We have seen unbelievable atrocities committed by the United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, the Taliban, condemning both sides, and even seeing him as being accused of ‘anti-Semitism.’
“We must have the same level of accountability և justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” he wrote on Twitter, questioning Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s video of allegations of crimes against the United States by the International Criminal Court (ICC). In Israel անում Afghanistan.
Dozens of Jewish lawmakers on Wednesday called on Omar to “clarify his words,” saying “equating the United States, Israel, Hamas, the Taliban is as offensive as it is wrong.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced herself. in the announcement.
But Omar pushed back, criticizing the comments of Jewish lawmakers, calling them “shameful” and “Islamophobic tropes.”
“Islamophobic tropes are insulting in their statement. “The constant harassment and silence of the signatories of this letter is intolerable,” the Minnesota representative tweeted.
“It is a shame for colleagues who call me when they need my help, now they are spreading a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just calling.
Omar’s spokesman Rem Jeremy Slevin said: announcement: On Thursday, when a group of lawmakers “instigated the same Islamophobic hatred against him” as far-right enemies who initially attacked Omar over his tweet.
Slevin had earlier said that Omar had asked the group for clarification before releasing their statement, but his calls had not been returned.
It is a shame for colleagues who call me when they need my help, now they are spreading an announcement asking for “clarification”, not just calling.
The Islamophobic tropes of this statement are offensive. The constant persecution and silence by the signatories of this letter is intolerable. https://t.co/37dy2UduW0:
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
As the criticism intensified, Omar clarified his position in his statement on Thursday. “On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about the International Criminal Court’s investigation.
“To be clear. The conversation was about the responsibility for the specific incidents in the MLC related to those incidents, not the moral comparison between Hamas, the Taliban, the United States and Israel.
“I did not equate terrorist organizations with the judiciary of democracies,” he added.
Omar also shared the threatening voice mail he received from his office. He says. “Every time I speak out on human rights, I am threatened with death.”
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
Despite criticism of Omar, many lawmakers rallied to defend him.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, a US lawmaker who is one of the leading lawmakers to criticize US policy toward Israel, called what she described as a constant targeting and humiliation of Omar.
“Pretty sick և tired of the constant abuse, deliberate misdiagnosis մամբ’s public targeting from our group @IlhanMN,” the New York Democrat wrote on Twitter.
“They have no idea of the danger they pose to him, bypassing personal conversations by jumping to promote targeted news cycles around him.”
Quite sick, tired of constant insults, deliberate misdiagnosis, public targeting @BrothersMorning: comes from our group.
They have no idea of the danger that threatens him by bypassing personal conversations and jumping to promote targeted news cycles around him.
– Alexandria Occasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 10, 2021
Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, also defending her defense, criticized the statement of the Democratic leaders of the House, saying in a tweet: “There is no freedom of speech for Muslim women in Congress. There is no doubt about the benefits for Muslim women in Congress. “The democratic leadership of the House of Representatives should be ashamed of its ruthless, exceptional tone of policewomen.”
Freedom of speech does not exist for Muslim women in Congress. There is no doubt about the benefits for Muslim women in Congress. The Democratic leadership of the House should be ashamed of the ruthless, exceptional tone of the women congressmen of color.
– Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
Representative Ayana Presley condemned Omar Omar’s “malicious attempts” to “take words out of context”, while Ama Amal Bowman, a Democrat, urged Democrats to “recognize the biases that fuel personal attacks and protect our partners.”
“When a woman, a person of color or a Muslim speaks out against injustice, repercussions arise,” Bowman wrote. “When? [Omar] He says out loud that vitriol is complicated by the fact that there are three of them. ”
When a woman, a person of color or a Muslim speaks out against injustice, retaliation begins. When: @BrothersMorning: The vitriol is complicated by the fact that there are all three.
As Democrats, we must accept biases that promote personal attacks and protect our partners. pic.twitter.com/KUPl81XgyO:
– Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) June 10, 2021
The Progressive Democrats continued to support Omar throughout the day on Thursday, and the Progressive Group in Congress issued a statement saying Omar’s vote was “absolutely necessary.”
“We can not ignore the right-wing media response chamber, which deliberately” regularly attacked “a Muslim woman in Congress, distorting her views and intentions, leading to threats. [her] “His staff,” the statement said. “We urge our partners not to limit, not to escalate such divisive, malicious tactics.”
At the same time, the leaders of the Democratic Party said that they “welcome Omar’s explanation” that “there is no moral equivalence between the United States, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban.”
This is not the first time Omar has criticized Israel with members of his party. In 2019, he apologized after members of both parties accused him of “anti-Semitism” for allegedly holding money to support Israel.
The latest announcement by the US Congress comes weeks after a fragile peace deal was struck after an 11-day Israeli war against besieged Gaza that killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children. At least 12 people, including two children, have been killed in rocket attacks by Israeli forces in Israel.