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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The Biden administration claimed its partnership with CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was to combat antisemitism. The announcement was made in May, even after the group claimed that Israel was an “apartheid state.” However, CAIR, and its Executive Director Nihad Awad, are in fact, incredibly antisemitic.
In November, Awad stated that he was “happy to see” Hamas attack Israel on October 7th:
“The people of Gaza only decided to break the siege, the walls of the concentration camp, on October 7. And yes, I was happy to see people breaking the siege and throwing down the shackles of their own land, and walk free into their land,” Awad reportedly said, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “The people of Gaza have the right to self-defense, have the right to defend themselves, and yes, Israel, as an occupying power, does not have that right to self-defense.”
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad at AMP Convention: I Was Happy to See the People of Gaza Break the Siege on October 7; They Were Victorious; the People of Gaza Have the Right to Self-Defense – Israel Does Not #Hamas #Gaza #Palestinians @CAIRNational @NihadAwad pic.twitter.com/WDbSRjFJo0
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) December 7, 2023
Awad released a statement on Thursday claiming that he had condemned “violence against all civilians” and said antisemitism is “a real evil” during his speech at the convention, accordingto CAIR’s website. Awad also claimed that an “anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian hate website” had taken his words “out of context and spliced them together to create a completely false meaning.”
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