Rep. Omar compares US and Israel to Hamas and Taliban
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) drew a comparison between the Taliban and Hamas to the US and Israel in a tweet Monday. The tweet came after a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing featuring Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar tweeted. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
In the tweet, the Minnesota representative suggested that the victims of crimes against humanity committed by the US and Israel should have a place “to go for justice.”
Former Israel Defense Force Sargeant Yoni Michanie tweeted: “It’s a sad day when a member of Congress equates the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.”
StopAntisemitism.org also brought attention to the tweet, saying “Wow – a sitting U.S. Congresswoman is unable to differentiate between democratic countries and terror organizations.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested that if “America is a hateful country,” she should feel “welcome to leave.”
Omar has not responded to the backlash, and the tweet is still live.
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