Ilhan Omar Doesn’t Regret Comparing Israel to Extremist Groups

Ilhan Omar Doesn't Regret Comparing Israel to Extremist Groups

( – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) cannot seem to avoid stirring up controversy on an ongoing and regular basis. She’s been accused on multiple occasions of making racist and anti-semitic remarks in person and on her social media accounts. Occasionally, her indiscretions expand with time.

A perfect case in point is a tweet Omar posted on June 7. She was discussing the need for “accountability and justice” for “victims of crimes against humanity.” She also grouped the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban, sparking a new round of outrage from both sides of the aisle.

Fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) jumped into the fray a few days later with a tweet of her own, stating that she was sick and tired of fellow Democrats’ “intentional mischaracterization” of Omar’s remarks. According to her, Omar’s critics had no idea of the personal danger their remarks generated for her. AOC went on to suggest they handle any concerns through private conversation instead of “fueling targeted news cycles.”

AOC defended Omar again during a June 13 interview with CNN host Dana Bash. She claimed Omar “clearly” referenced International Criminal Court Cases that eventually led to the naming of the US, Israel, the Taliban, and Hamas in a pair of lawsuits.

Omar Digs a Deeper Hole for Herself

Apparently not yet satisfied, Omar decided to wade back into the controversy surrounding her tweet during a June 29 interview with CNN. She proudly declared that she didn’t regret her June 7 tweet.

Omar was asked during the course of that interview if she had any idea why Democrats, especially Jewish ones, consider so many of her remarks about Isreal to be anti-Semitic. She responded by accusing her Democratic critics of not being “partners in justice.” She also claimed she understood what it felt like to “experience injustice” in a way that many of her colleagues can’t.

Reaction Is Swift

As one might expect, Omar’s remarks drew swift backlash on Twitter. For example, Jewish writer, editor, and political commentator Annika Hernroth-Rothstein rhetorically asked, “So Jews should learn from [Omar] what it is like to experience injustice?” She followed up, stating that no one can accuse Omar of hiding “exactly who and what she is” from the world.

Avi Mayer, the managing director of public affairs for the American Jewish Agency, claimed Omar’s remarks drew on “classic antisemitic themes” regarding their close-knit families and the false notion that Jewish people only look after themselves. He concluded his remarks, noting that Jewish lawmakers for human rights in the United States and elsewhere are “on the front lines.”

Seth Mandel, the executive editor for Washington Examiner Magazine, predicted that with her current attitude, it’s just a matter of time before Omar crosses the line with everyone.

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