On Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) spoke to CNN, revealing that she did not regret comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, two terrorist groups. She even went on to blame her Jewish colleagues for having an issue with her comment.
In an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN, Omar said her comments were taken out of context.
When asked if she regretted the statement, Omar simply said “I don’t” and added that people should “think back” to the point she tried to make. She said, in her remark, she was making a point to Secretary of State Antony Bliken.
Omar then blamed her Jewish colleagues who took an issue with her statements. She said she has welcomed her colleagues to have a conversation with her so that she can learn from them.
However, she also said: “I think it’s really important for these [House] members to realize that they haven’t been partners in justice. They haven’t been engaging in seeking justice around the world and I think I will continue to do that. It is important for me as someone who knows what it feels like to experience injustice in ways that many of my colleagues don’t.”
In the past, the representative has drawn criticism for posting tweets, saying Israel “hypnotized” the world. She also suggested that a pro-Israel group has paid politicians to support the Jewish state. Omar also recently reposted a video on Twitter from International Solitary Movement, an anti-Israel group which the FBA previously investigated due to likely terrorist connections.
Omar Previously Faced Backlash for Equating U.S. and Israel to Terrorists.
In early June, Omar faced severe backlash when she asked for “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,” she wrote on Twitter. “I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice,” Omar added.
At the request of a group of a dozen Democrat members of the House, she later issued a public addendum to her remarks.
“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 U.S. and Israel,” the representative stated. “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
However, on Tuesday, it seems Omar still stands by her original statements. This sparked more outrage as she suggested that Jewish Congress members are not “partners in Justice.”