The dispute between Omar, a progressive from Minnesota, and the group of House members who pushed back on her comments underscores the fracture within the Democratic Party over Israel policy, continuing after a recent, violent days-long conflict in the region. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban", Omar said Monday. "Rep. Omar should be removed from [the House Foreign Affairs Committee] and some". "The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups".
The tweet included video of a question she asked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
They said Ms. Omar's clarification of her remarks was satisfactory: "We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the USA and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban". Bush said she expects criticism from Republicans, but it was "especially hurtful" that Omar was facing backlash from Democrats.
In March of 2019, the House approved an anti-hate resolution following remarks Ms. Omar made regarding Israel's influence in US politics, which were viewed as anti-Semitic by some of her colleagues and for which she later apologized.
"She equated between the victim and the executioner when she treated the resistance of the Palestinian people, the Israeli crimes in Palestine, and the United States aggression in Afghanistan as an equal footing", Bassem Naim, the Islamist terror organization's global spokesperson, said in a statement.More news: At least 13 people wounded in Austin, Texas shooting
Jeremy Slevin, a spokesman for Omar, told The Washington Post that Omar tried to reach out to those Democrats who signed the joint statement but her calls were unreturned. The comparison of sovereign actors such as the United States and Israel and Hamas, which won an election, and the Afghan Taliban, which once ruled Afghanistan with limited recognition, may not be apt.
"The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive".
"But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the USA 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", the statement said.
In their statement, the House Democratic leadership responded to Omar's clarification, writing: "We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the USA and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban".
The signatories stated, "We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the USA and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban".More news: Vice President Kamala Harris visit to Mexico
He also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over what he termed a "continued failure to address the issues in her caucus", which "sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of antisemitism and sympathizing with terrorists".
He said that her role as a member of that committee is to "ask questions of the Administration and work to make sure the public understands our government shouldn't deny any person from seeking justice". "The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable", she wrote. "Talk to us directly".
"It is not that she is a member of Congress without any responsibility, she is on the Foreign Affairs Committee and many people have taken off committee assignments for saying far less than she has, repeatedly, over and over again". "It's time for the Speaker to act", he wrote. "She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible", Tlaib tweeted.
Representative Ilhan Omar is again at odds with her Democratic colleagues over Israel, but this time, she has brought her own country into the mix.
The House GOP's campaign arm, chaired by Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, helped led the criticism Tuesday along with Republican members of Congress. Arkansas Sen.More news: Major International Sting Operation Leads To 800 Arrests
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called on Pelosi to act: "Rep. Omar's anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent".