(Politicizd) --- Over the recent violence in Israel, Minnesota Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar took to twitter to voice her opposition to the only Jewish state. In the statement, she compared the latter with the internationally recognized terror group Hamas.
Omar stated: "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. "
(Rep. Omar of Minnesota, in a tweet on June 7th)
In expected fashion, Democrats quickly condemned the tweet, calling it offensive, inaccurate, and not representative of the party. Later, House Leadership addressed Omar directly issuing a statement officially denouncing the tweets.
"Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all."
(Official statement from Democratic House Leadership)
Yet, days later in an interview with CNN, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, backtracked on this reality declaring that House Leadership was awaiting 'clarification' from the Minnesota congresswoman.
In fact, Pelosi shot back at the CNN host, saying "We [the Democratic Party] did not rebuke her. We acknowledged that she made a clarification".
The speaker went on to say that "Congresswoman Omar is a valued member of our caucus. She asked her questions of the Secretary of State. Nobody criticized those, about how people will be held accountable if we're not going to the International Court of Justice. That was a very legitimate question. That was not of concern."
Critics were quick to comment, asking why Pelosi hadn't been more critical of Omar's tweets. Especially, following weeks of rising antisemitism, often stemming from confrontational remarks on the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Omar, a virulent supporter of the 'free Palestine' movement, greatly contributed to these inflammatory remarks.
Nevertheless, Pelosi uncharacteristically defended Omar, illustrating the growing influence that the radical left places on the Democratic Party. Skeptics worry that Pelosi is trying to appease the left in an attempt to maintain power in Congress.
In this instance, experts pointed out how incredibly inaccurate it is to compare Israel and Hamas in any fashion.
One, is the only free democracy in the Middle East which gives all its citizens the right to vote and the right to freely express their sexuality, while another is an internationally recognized terror group with a declared charter that calls for the eradication of Jews from the face of the earth.
Consequently, many Americans were disgusted by Omar's remarks and are still dissatisfied with the response from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Senior Policy Analyst, Erielle Davidson called out the Speaker calling her remarks cowardly.
Overall, the remarks are reminiscent of the growing anti-Israel sentiment across the political left. In fact, in just a decade, being pro-Israel has become a partisan issue with younger democratic voters being more sympathetic to Hamas and the Palestinian causes.
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