Top US Congressional Democrats are considering censuring Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) for her comments on Twitter on Monday associating the actions of Israel and the US with those of the Taliban and Hamas.
The group of 25 Jewish Democrats who serve in the US House of Representatives met Wednesday to discuss the recent rise in violence against Jews in the streets and online and ended up focusing on Omar’s remarks but stopped short of calling it antisemitism.
Omar tweeted, “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 US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
The unofficial congressional caucus members were united in their frustration with Omar’s comment but divided in how to address it. Many in the group wanted to officially call her out by name and say that her statement “discredited” the party. But others were hesitant to do so.
Israeli officials and pro-Israeli groups were not as hesitant to condemn Ilhan’s remarks.
“Beyond shocking. Beyond reprehensible,” American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris tweeted. “Will members of her own party speak up?”
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to Washington and the United Nations, said, “How can a member of Congress compare Israel and the US—two vibrant democracies with robust legal systems and militaries that strive to avoid civilian casualties—with jihadi terrorists who purposely murder civilians?”
This is not the first time that Jewish lawmakers in Congress have called out their colleague, Ilhan, for her remarks. She was rebuked in 2019 for implying lawmakers in the US were heavily influenced by Jewish money.