Ilhan Omar alleges that the US commits ‘crimes against humanity’ and engages in ‘unthinkable atrocities’ such as those committed by Israel, Hamas, Afghanistan and the Taliban
- Representative Ilhan Omar compared the actions of the US and Israel to the ‘unthinkable atrocities’ of terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Taliban
- “We must have the same level of responsibility and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” the Minnesota Democratic congresswoman tweeted.
- ‘We have seen unimaginable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban’
- In her tweet, the Minnesota congresswoman included a clip of her interrogation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a hearing Monday.
- The interrogation did not include lumping together in the US with terrorist organizations
Ilhan Omar compared Monday’s actions to the “unthinkable atrocities” committed by terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Taliban.
“We must have the same level of responsibility and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” the Minnesota Democratic congresswoman wrote on Twitter.
“We have seen unimaginable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban,” Omar continued, lumping the US and Israel with terrorist organizations.
Omar’s office did not immediately respond to a request about what specific “atrocities” she is referring to in her tweet that the US is engaged in.
The member of the so-called “squad” of progressive lawmakers included a clip in her tweet in which she questioned Foreign Minister Antony Blinken as part of Monday’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the budget request and foreign policy strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her way of asking questions, contrary to her tweet, did not include her grouping of America with terrorist organizations.
Representative Ilhan Omar compared the actions of the US and Israel to the ‘unthinkable atrocities’ of terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Taliban
In her tweet, the Minnesota congresswoman included a clip of her interrogation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a hearing Monday. The interrogation did not include lumping together in the US with terrorist organizations
Instead, she asked Blinken how the US plans to help people in areas where war crimes are committed by Hamas and the Taliban, including places like Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Afghanistan.
‘I asked [Secretary Antony Blinken] where people should go for justice,” Omar tweeted about her questioning.
The US-Somali congresswoman’s comments come shortly after a ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas, operating in Gaza, after an 11-day deadly conflict.
More than 250 people were killed and thousands more injured in the conflict.
Democrats criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for not being tougher on Israel and sending more humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
After working behind the scenes on a ceasefire between the two entities, Biden assured that he is focused on the two-state solution so that Israel and the Palestinians both have their own land.
Republicans, however, were critical of the president’s failure to redouble US commitment to Israel’s defense.
Omar and other squad members, representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, have expressed support for the Palestinians and been critical of Israel.
Tlaib is the first woman of Palestinian descent elected to the United States Congress.
Last month, Omar accused Israel of committing “war crimes” in the conflict between the Jewish state and Hamas, which operates in the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
Omar’s comments come after an 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in which more than 250 people were killed, thousands more injured and millions damaged.
“We should all be thankful that a ceasefire will prevent more civilians and children from being killed,” Omar tweeted in May. ‘But what now? We must be held accountable for every war crime committed.’
“And we must stop accepting crimes against humanity while doing nothing to end the occupation,” she added.
During the 11-day conflict last month, thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – along with other areas in Israel.
Israel’s Iron Dome defense system sprang into action and the country retaliated with its own rockets aimed at areas where it believed Hamas was operating — such as a media building.