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June 12, 2021
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) equated the United States with Hamas and the Taliban on Monday, writing on Twitter that all three have committed “unspeakable atrocities.”
During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Omar pressed Secretary of State Antony Blinken on his opposition to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation of alleged war crimes committed by US military personnel in Afghanistan, as well as the Israeli military in their conflicts against Arab militias. “In both of these cases, if domestic courts can’t or won’t pursue justice and we oppose the ICC, where do we think victims are supposed to go for justice?” Omar asked. In his response, Blinken referenced the fact that neither the US or Israel are parties to the ICC, saying “we continue to believe that absent a [United Nations] Security Council referral or absent the request by the state itself, that [an ICC investigation is] not appropriate.”
“Mr. Secretary, I do understand that point,” Omar said. “I’m asking what mechanism is available to them.” The lawmaker later posted video of the exchange on Twitter, with the caption: “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. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”
Omar has repeatedly been accused of making anti-American and anti-Semitic comments since she arrived in Congress in 2019. Last month, she accused Israel of carrying out an “act of terrorism” during the latest conflict between the Jewish state and Hamas. Sen. Her recent comments have caused an uproar online. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.) responded in a Fox News interview by saying Omar was “out of her mind” in making that claim [NY POST].
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