Anger at Ilhan Omar's Tweet Equating Hamas, Israel, the Taliban, and the US

Published June 10th, 2021 - 06:22 GMT
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The MN representative came under fire for her tweet. (Shutterstock: Mike Jett)

Following a question she asked the US Secretary of State during the House  of Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, US representative Ilhan Omar posted a video of her question on Twitter, with a caption that angered right-wing commentators and politicians.

Omar's question was centered around the US policy towards Israel which has been largely supportive, asking Anthony Blinkin about the measures Israeli forces have taken to ensure minimum Palestinian civilian causalities during the latest military operation in Gaza, given that the strip is densely populated with very few safe shelters. 

Commenting on her own video, Omar said that Americans should have "the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity." 

The Minnesota representative went on to say: "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban." This part of the tweet has triggered many angry reactions online, with many commentators, mostly right-wing voices, who accused her of equating two organizations designated as "terrorists" by the US government with the government of Israel and the US.

Online people have urged Ilhan Omar to clarify her words, calling her statements "offensive and misguided."

Responding to the backlash, Omar and her supporters defended her stance, saying that governments of the US and Israel have a pattern of violations that need to be addressed, such as the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, and the many violations Israel has been committing in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

Moreover, the Jewish Congressional Caucus has reportedly met on Wednesday to discuss what they described as "antisemitic remarks" by Ilhan Omar.

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