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‘Anti-Blackness And Islamophobia’: Squad Defends Ilhan Omar’s Comparison Of US, Israel To Terrorists

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Michael Ginsberg General Assignment Reporter
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Multiple progressive Democratic Congress members defended Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s remarks comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

Omar claimed Monday that “we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” prompting 12 House Democrats to issue a statement Wednesday condemning her comments as “at best discredit[ing]… and at worst reflect[ing] deep-seated prejudice.”

Omar and fellow Democrats Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, who refers to herself as the fifth member of “The Squad,” Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, accused the letter-writers of Islamophobia.

Omar claimed the letter writers used “Islamophobic tropes” and accused them of “constant harassment and silencing,” although she did not at the time provide any examples of them doing so.

Bush claimed that her Democratic colleagues had attacked Omar “for standing up for human rights,” and engaged in “anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.” Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley retweeted Bush.

Ocasio-Cortez later claimed that the statement put Omar in danger.

Tlaib added that Democrats and Republicans have a “sick… obsession with policing her.”

Omar received bipartisan criticism in 2019 for claiming that United States support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins.”

Democratic New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who signed the Wednesday statement, described those comments as “antisemitic” and “born of hate-filled texts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” (RELATED: Omar Facing More Accusations Of Antisemitism)

The House of Representatives later passed a condemnation of antisemitism and Islamophobia that did not mention Omar by name.