Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., told CNN on Tuesday that she has no regrets over her recent comments comparing the United States and Israel to terrorist groups Hamas and the Taliban, and went so far as to blame her Jewish colleagues for taking issue with the remark.
Omar suggested in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that her original comments were taken out of context after Tapper noted that Democratic leaders condemned the ‘Squad’ member for equating the U.S. and Israel to terrorist organizations, which they said “foments prejudice.” Jewish House Democrats also penned a letter calling her comment anti-Semitic in nature. Republicans introduced a resolution to censure Omar for what they called publicly supporting “the actions of a recognized terrorist organization.”
“Do you regret these comments?” Tapper asked.
“I don’t,” Omar replied plainly. ” I think it’s really important to think back to the point that I was trying to make. Obviously, I was addressing Secretary of State Blinken.”
Omar then proceeded to blame Jewish lawmakers who find her history of anti-Israel remarks offensive, telling Tapper, “I’ve welcomed any time my colleagues asked to have a conversation to learn from them, for them to learn from me.
But, she continued, “I think it’s really important for these [House] members to realize that they haven’t been partners in justice. They haven’t been engaging in seeking justice around the world and I think I will continue to do that. It is important for me as someone who knows what it feels like to experience injustice in ways that many of my colleagues don’t.”
Omar has previously drawn criticism for tweeting Israel had “hypnotized” the world and suggesting that a pro-Israel organization paid politicians to support the Jewish state, in addition to her support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Furthermore, she recently retweeted a video from the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement, which was previously investigated by the FBI for possible terrorist ties.
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