Ilhan Omar claims that she was not comparing terrorists to democratic countries.
After receiving blowback from a group of Democratic colleagues and Republicans, Representative Ilhan Omar issued a statement clarifying her prior remarks in which she linked the US and Israel to militant groups Hamas and the Taliban.
On Monday, the Minnesota Democrat released a video of herself questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the US government’s persistent hostility to the International Criminal Court’s investigations into potential war crimes. With the video, Omar tweeted, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.” “The United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban have all perpetrated unspeakable atrocities.”
A group of 12 Jewish Democratic House members released a letter on Wednesday, encouraging Omar to “clarify” her views and denouncing her for “equating the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.” Omar’s words were condemned by the representatives as “offensive” and as reflecting “deep-seated bigotry.”
Omar first defended herself, claiming that her statements were misconstrued, but she later clarified what she meant in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about current investigations by the International Criminal Court. To be clear, the discussion was about responsibility for specific occurrences related to certain ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the United States and Israel,” she said in an emailed statement to Washington Newsday.
Omar continued, “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
The statement came after Omar chastised her Democratic colleagues for releasing a statement in response to her remarks.
“It is humiliating for colleagues who call me for help to now issue a statement seeking for ‘clarification’ rather than simply calling. This statement contains islamophobic clichés that are offensive. She retweeted their statement, saying, “The ongoing harassment and silence from the signers of this letter is terrible.”
“Citing an open case in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel, the United States, Hamas, and the Taliban is not a parallel or evidence of ‘deeply seated prejudice.’ You can try to sabotage these investigations or deny justice to the victims, but history has shown us that the truth cannot be suppressed or suppressed indefinitely,” Omar said.
Omar was also defended by fellow progressive legislators.
“I’m sick and tired of it.” This is a condensed version of the information.