Pelosi, top Democrats, slam Omar’s anti-American, anti-Israel statements

Pelosi, top Democrats, slam Omar’s anti-American, anti-Israel statements

Pelosi, top Democrats, slam Omar’s anti-American, anti-Israel statements

In a statement, she said, "On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court Investigation". A dozen Jewish Democrats issued a statement urging Omar to "clarify her comments", saying likening the USA and Israel to extremist groups "is as offensive as it is misguided", the New York Times reports.

Despite their condemnation, the representatives made no mention of whether they believed that Omar should be relieved of her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee, a form of punishment that recently had been successfully applied against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) earlier this year and former Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King in 2019.

Omar first responded by criticizing her colleagues for releasing a statement instead of speaking to her directly and saying it included "Islamophobic tropes".

The post Pelosi, Dem. leaders issue statement on Rep. Omar's comments on US, Israel after backlash appeared first on TheGrio. "It's time for the speaker to act". In 2019, she tweeted about the relationship between the USA and Israel being "all about the Benjamins", an antisemitic trope. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who defended her against the outrage from the Jewish Democrats.

Later in the day, Omar released a clarification.

"Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided", says the joint statement. "And now some of her own Democratic colleagues are ginning up the same Islamophobic hate against her, accusing her of giving "cover to terrorist groups" simply for exercising oversight over a criminal investigation", Slevin added.

The matter also became the focus of a Wednesday meeting of the unofficial caucus of 25 Jewish Democrats in the House, which had been convened to discuss the recent uptick in antisemitism, but was steered by Representative Brad Schneider of IL to focus on Omar.

"Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies", their statement read. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban", Omar said Monday.

Omar's clarification, however, was not enough for Rep. Zeldin said in a tweet on Friday. Republicans, meanwhile, called for Omar to be stripped of her assignment on the foreign affairs panel.

Several other Republicans also called for her removal. To be clear: "the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the United States and Israel". "I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice", Omar said in the tweet. It's a growing problem in the way she views America.

A House Democratic aide familiar with the back-and-forth said Ms. Omar's anger stemmed from her treatment by the dozen colleagues who publicly upbraided her.

Our people under occupation enjoy their inherent right to resist the occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, and here we remember the famous saying of the worldwide activist Nelson Mandela: "It is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of the struggle", what our people have done over the years The past, and what we are doing now, is a legitimate and guaranteed right. Throughout these decades, they remained steadfast, fighting for their freedom and independence, given all opportunities, showed a lot of flexibility, and paid very high prices to achieve these rights by peaceful means. As for Israel's conduct, on countless occasions Tel Aviv's brutal onslaughts against the Palestinians have been described by experts as falling within the definition of war crimes. But there can be little denying the fact that Washington and Tel Aviv have indulged in actions not too dissimilar - and at times even worse - than the Palestinian and Afghan groups.

Amid the tensions between House Democrats, one Omar ally moved quickly Thursday morning to defend her fellow lawmaker. As for the Afghan Taliban, while their violent tactics and enforcement of obscurantist codes during their rule over Afghanistan can hardly be justified, they are stakeholders in their homeland, which is why the Americans have signed a peace deal with them. Here is one we just got.

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