Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., tore into Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Wednesday over her lies about the United States and Israel. Sherman slammed Omar for her tweet that the United States and Israel had committed atrocious acts and that Israel committed war crimes by defending itself against Hamas. Omar is a charter member of the House Hamas Caucus. In all, at least a dozen members of the House have condemned Omar for her anti-Semitism.
The twelve House members include Brad Schneider are Reps. Jake Auchincloss (Mass.), Ted Deutch (Fla.), Lois Frankel (Fla.), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Kathy E. Manning (N.C.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Dean Phillips (Minn.), Kim Schrier (Wa.), Brad Sherman (Calif.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.). The twelve are the minority in the House as the Democrats have mostly abandoned Israel in favor of Hamas.
“It’s not news that Ilhan Omar would make outrageous and false statements about America and Israel. What’s newsworthy is that she admits Hamas is guilty of ‘unthinkable atrocities.’”
“It’s time for all of Israel’s detractors to condemn Hamas. And it’s time for all those of goodwill to reject any moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel on one hand, and Hamas and the Taliban on the other.”
“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice.”
“We should all be grateful that a ceasefire will prevent more civilians and children from being killed. But now what? We need accountability for every war crime committed.”
“And we need to stop underwriting crimes against humanity while doing nothing to end the occupation.”
The Jewish Democrats, led by Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois, released a joint statement late Wednesday denouncing Omar’s tweet.
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“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” they wrote. “Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.
“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”