Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made waves in the House today by referring to Israel’s response to repeated attacks on its civilians by terrorist groups as a “war crime.”
The New York Post used the word “outraged” to describe the response of fellow lawmakers as she argued from the House floor that the U.S. should cease providing aid to Israel.
A member of the “Squad,” Omar has repeatedly made antisemitic remarks and for such has been censored by her peers in the House. In 2019, the Washington Free Beacon reported Omar said she does not regret past antisemitic comments.
Though initially condemning the attack, by Tuesday Omar’s comments seemed to express little sympathy for Israel.
Omar blamed the plight of the Palestinians on Israel and expressed anger that the Israeli Defense Minister referred to the terrorists who attacked Israel on Saturday as “human animals” for murdering 40 babies, kidnapping 200 civilians and killing about 1,000 people — the vast majority Israeli civilians.
Omar posted a lengthy series of responses on X:
“The Israeli Defense Minister has called Palestinians ‘human animals’ and promised to cut off all electricity, all food, and all fuel to civilians in Gaza,” Omar wrote.
Not mentioning that the Palestinians have rejected multiple two state-solution proposals, broken numerous peace agreements, and vows in their charter to destroy Israel, Omar wrote: “The solution to this horror, as ever, is a negotiated peace — with Israelis and Palestinians enjoying equal rights and security guarantees.
Demanding an immediate cease-fire, Omar warned that Israel’s intent to punish Hamas and their supporters was a criminal offense: “This is collective punishment, a war crime, and the U.S. should oppose any violations of international law if we truly support a rules-based international order.”
Her remarks — the content and timing — were not well received by the vast majority of lawmakers and online followers.
Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) questioned here objectivity and timing: “Israel was just brutally attacked by terrorists, funded by Iran, and you want to cut off funding and military aid and equipment? You are out of your mind and unfit to serve in the House of Representatives. This is why you were removed from the Foreign Affairs committee.”
Earlier this year, former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) removed Omar from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, citing Omar’s past antisemitic comments as justification.
Some have suggested that ‘Squad” members are tone-deaf.“ Mediaite writer Isaac Schorr ripped Omar for “calling on the U.S. to abandon Israel as Hamas parades rape victims survivors through the streets of Gaza. May God have mercy on your soul.”
Gates McGavick, legal communications director at the Republican National Committee agreed with Schorr and wrote: “This is the literal definition of negotiating with terrorists.”
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