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With a rare joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her entire leadership team on Thursday sought to quell a growing controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) remarks equating war crimes committed by the U.S. and Israel to those by the Taliban and Hamas terrorist groups.
The joint statement by Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Vice Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) came after Omar responded to a request from a dozen Jewish House Democrats to “clarify” what she meant in her original remarks.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies,” the Democratic leadership team said in its statement.
However, the statement adds, “But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
“We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” the statement concludes.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 10, 2021
Omar released the following “clarification” on Thursday:
“Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MMinnows released the following clarification on her questions during the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week.
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court investigations.
“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.”
Ilhan Omar just now: “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.” pic.twitter.com/zvvNnHnCXB
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) June 10, 2021
Omar then fueled the flames on Thursday by dragging up an old tweet from 2019, when Republican Rep. Mo Brooks had stated in a CNN interview, “Muslims more so than most people have great animosity towards Israel and the Jewish faith. As you have more and more Muslims in the US, as they gain greater and greater influence in elections…you’re going to see more people like @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib.”
Slamming Brooks over his comments from nearly two years ago, Omar declared, “We serve in Congress with Islamophobes like @RepMoBrooks and Democratic colleagues wont condemn him instead give legitimacy to this dangerous rhetoric. When will our caucus forcefully stand up against hate towards their Muslims colleagues and constituents?”
We serve in Congress with Islamophobes like @RepMoBrooks and Democratic colleagues wont condemn him instead give legitimacy to this dangerous rhetoric.
When will our caucus forcefully stand up against hate towards their Muslims colleagues and constituents? https://t.co/OLLa4TDxGM
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
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