Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed Minnesota Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar’s comment comparing America and Israel to terrorist groups on social media.
Omar generated controversy when she asked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to look into “atrocities” committed by terrorist organizations as well as the U.S.
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
A group of Jewish House Democrats were disturbed by Omar comparing the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups and urged her to clarify her comments.
The joint statement said, “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided.”
We urge Rep Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban pic.twitter.com/KfcnmpLRO6
— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) June 10, 2021
In response, Omar issued a clarification denying she was not making “a moral comparison” and she added, “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
Pelosi appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and when asked about Omar’s remark, she said, “She clarified, we thanked her, end of subject.”
The Speaker also called Omar a “valued member of our caucus.”
Ilhan Omar equated the U.S. and Israel with terrorist groups.
Nancy Pelosi says Omar “is a valued member of our caucus” and admits Democrats did not “rebuke her.”
Pelosi stands with anti-Semites. pic.twitter.com/RR0Qyk1NxC
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
Critics commented on social media.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) June 10, 2021
— Bryan E. Leib (@Bryan_E_Leib) June 13, 2021
Omar also retweeted a video from an organization that was investigated by the FBI over its possible links to a terrorist group.
This Palestinian child carrying his Spider-Man school backpack violently snatched and detained by Israeli forces.
— Marwa Fatafta مروة فطافطة #SaveSheikhJarrah (@marwasf) June 8, 2021
Fox News reports:
In 2010, ISM was deemed by the Anti-defamation League (ADL) as one of the top 10 anti-Israel organizations in the country. The FBI has also investigated ISM for possible links to terrorists, but FBI documents reported in 2020 by the Intercept did not detail any charges levied.
The Progressive Caucus defended Omar.
— Progressive Caucus (@USProgressives) June 10, 2021
And Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) criticized Pelosi.
Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
Omar harbors anti-American and anti-Israel feelings and it’s extremely disappointing Speaker Pelosi will not publicly reprimand her and remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
It sure looks like Pelosi is afraid of Omar and the progressive Democrats in the House.