Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have accused Congressman Ilhan Omar (Democrat, Minnesota) of tweeting a comparison of the United States and Israel with the Taliban and Hamas.
“A legitimate criticism of US and Israeli policy is protected by freedom of speech and the value of democratic debate,” the leadership team wrote in a joint statement. “But with democracies such as the United States and Israel. Draw false equality with groups involved in terrorism, such as Hamas and Tullivan, fosters and undermines prejudice towards a future of peace and stability for all. “
The statement added, “We welcome the clarification by Congressman Omar that there is no moral equivalence between the United States and Israel, and Hamas and the Taliban.”
Statements include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Democratic Party, CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Democratic Party, Maryland), Majority Whip James Cryburn (Democratic Party, SC), and House Democratic Party leadership. Signed by another member.
The controversy was argued on Twitter by Mr. Omar, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity … We are considered by the United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I’ve seen no atrocities. “
A group of Jewish Democrats issues a statement Blame Wednesday Omar.
“It is irrelevant and offensive to equate the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban,” said the group, headed by Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider. “Ignoring the difference between democracy governed by the rule of law and the derogatory organizations involved in terrorism distrusts the intended argument and, in the worst case, reflects deep-seated prejudice.”
Omar later issued an explanation denying that she equated the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban.
In a statement, Mr. Omar said he was not “morally comparing Hamas with the Taliban and the United States with Israel.”
“I wasn’t equating a terrorist organization with a democratic country with a well-established judicial system,” she said.
But also Omar Defendant A group of Jewish Democrats involved in the “Expression of Islamophobia” added that “the constant harassment and silence from the signatories of this letter is intolerable.”
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