Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar attempted to explain Thursday why she supported sanctions on Israel, but not Iran.
Omar is a supporter of the movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) the state of Israel, but criticized the Trump Administration earlier this week for promising to impose sanctions on Iran, calling it “economic warfare.” (RELATED: Anti-Israel Boycott Movement Exposes Schism Within The Squad, And The Democratic Party)
I asked Rep. Omar what her response is to those calling out her support for BDS against Israel while criticizing sanctions against Iran. She said it’s “very different” bc BDS is by the people, while Iranian sanctions is by a gov to create maximum pressure.https://t.co/3TVNGFpWy1 pic.twitter.com/e2kC3qfllD
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 9, 2020
“The BDS movement is a movement that is driven by the people,” Omar said. “The sanctions on Iran are sanctions that are being placed to create maximum pressure by a government.”
Omar has been a staunch critic of Israel, and is one of two members of congress to support the BDS movement, along with Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
In contrast to her criticism of Israel, Omar has defended the Iranian regime, which is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Omar attacked President Donald Trump last week over his decision to take out Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, calling it a “distraction.”
Omar also warned last week that Iran could threaten Trump properties throughout the world, and that the president could use the opportunity to “provoke war.”
Omar’s office did not respond to requests for comment for this article.