Rep. Ilhan Omar Likens US And Israel To Radical Islamist Terrorists

Rep. Ilhan Omar Likens US And Israel To Radical Islamist Terrorists

According to far-left Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, the United States and Israel have committed “unspeakable atrocities,” seemingly like Hamas and the Taliban, which she grouped together with the two nations in a tweet. Both Islamist groups are classified by the U.S. State Department as terrorist organizations.

“We must have 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,” Omar said Monday with a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday in front of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”

“We continue to believe that absent a [United Nations] Security Council referral or absent the request by the state itself, that that’s not appropriate. I continue to believe that whether it is the United States or Israel, both of us have the meetings,” Blinken said in response to Omar asking in what ways “domestic courts both can and will prosecute alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

The congresswoman called Israel an “apartheid state” during the significant conflict between Israel and Hamas, and accused Israel of “terrorism.” Hamas fired close to 4,000 rockets toward Israel last month, with hundreds falling in Gaza and killing civilians. Israel retaliated and destroyed tunnels, as well as took out terrorists, which led to a more than 80 percent decrease in rocket fire.

Omar’s reference to Afghanistan and the Taliban comes as the United States continues the process of withdrawing from the Middle East by Sept. 11. The military announced Tuesday that more than half of the withdrawal is completed.

The Taliban has continuously made threats toward the United States, with a spokesman in May tweeting that it will “take every counteraction it deems appropriate against occupying forces.” The terrorist group, which controls a large territory in Afghanistan, murdered 11 civilians — including kids — over the weekend by planting landmine bombs. Close to 1,800 Afghan civilians have been murdered or injured this year as the Taliban mobilizes against the government and journalists.

“The Taliban need to show an equal commitment to talking very honestly in a straightforward way to try to find a political solution as we go forward,” said Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of the U.S. Central Command, on Monday to a group of reporters. “I think the government of Afghanistan is willing to do that. I’m not sure the Taliban is willing to do that. And unfortunately, time is now becoming very short.”

Omar’s anti-Israel and antisemitic sentiment has long been apparent. Two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat claimed U.S. support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins baby,” a tweet she then apologized for after bipartisan criticism.

Gabe Kaminsky is a senior contributor to The Federalist. His writing has appeared in RealClearPolitics, The American Conservative, the American Mind, the New York Post, and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @Gabe__Kaminsky and email tips to [email protected]
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