Ilhan Omar’s question caused an uproar in the U.S. Congress ICC News
Muslim women congressmen are accused of “drawing wrong equivalence” between the United States, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban.
The Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives tried to calm the anger among lawmakers on Thursday after Rep. Ilhan Omar raised questions about the U.S. opposition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into suspected war crimes in Israel and Afghanistan.
Omar is one of only three Muslim members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He asked at a hearing on June 7 where victims of war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas should seek justice. U.S. opposed Take action in the International Criminal Court.
This is a fair but targeted issue. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken responded that the courts in the United States and Israel can provide adequate judicial forums for such claims.
However, when her office received a new round of death threats, Omar’s problem triggered condemnation from some of her own Democratic colleagues and the voice of “anti-Semitism” from the right-wing Republican Party.
“It is an offense and misleading to equate the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban,” said Omar in a statement two days after Omar asked Blinken a question.
We urge Rep. Omar to clarify her words and classify the United States and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/KfcnmpLRO6
-Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) June 10, 2021
Omar fought back, calling the statement of the Democrats “shameful.”
“The Islamophobic metaphor in their statement is offensive. The continued harassment and silence from the signatories of this letter is unbearable,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
Omar shared an example of her office receiving death threats like the allegations she received this week.
TW: Every time I speak up for human rights, I am overwhelmed by death threats. This is what we just got.
“Muslim is a terrorist. And she is an idiot. And every anti-American communist work that works for her, I hope you can get what the fuck brings you.” pic.twitter.com/Kid7qUgZDZ
-Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
The Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives joined the competition, hoping to avoid the fire that swallowed Democrats like the House of Representatives in 2019. Vote to condemn After Omar hinted that the United States had double allegiance to Israel’s supporters, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination.
“Legal criticism of U.S. and Israeli policies is protected by the values ??of freedom of speech and democratic debate,” six House Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said in a statement on Thursday.
“But drawing the wrong equivalence between democracies such as the United States and Israel and groups engaged in terrorism such as Hamas and the Taliban can incite prejudice and undermine progress,” the organization said.
To express their concerns, Omar clarified her issue to Brinken in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“To be clear: the conversation is about accountability for specific events related to these people International Criminal Court cases, Instead of making a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the United States and Israel,” Omar said in a statement issued by her office.
“I will never equate a terrorist organization with a democratic country with a complete judicial system.”
But the war of words did not end there. Omar’s progressive allies, including the representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, defended her.
On continued defamation, deliberate mischaracterization, and public targeting @BrothersMorning From our core team.
They didn’t know that they put her at risk by skipping private conversations and jumping to cheer for targeted news cycles around her.
— Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 10, 2021
At the same time, Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican ally of former President Donald Trump, told Alabama Radio Interviewer Omar that the problem stems from “the growing influence of Islamic religion in the Democratic Party.”
“Remember, Muslims-more so than most people-are extremely hostile to Israeli and Jewish beliefs,” Brooks claimed.
Omar condemned Brooks’s remarks and pointed out in a tweet that her Democratic colleagues had failed to resolve the issue.
“When will our caucus strongly oppose hatred of Muslim colleagues and voters?” she asked.