As the controversy around her remarks appeared to pick up steam, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Vice Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar issued a rare joint statement. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban", Omar said Monday.
"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity", she wrote, including a video of her questioning Secretary of State Tony Blinken during a House hearing Monday. But on Twitter, she seemed to compare Israel and the United States not only to Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the State Department, but also to the Taliban.
We appreciate Mrs. Ilhan Omar's stances in defending justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost of which are the just rights of our Palestinian people, but we deplore this unfair combination that is contrary to justice and global law.
The Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Campaign Committee, has already called for Omar to be stripped of her seat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
"Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn't comparison or from "deeply seated prejudice". Omar's spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, said her remarks were ripped from context and distorted by the right-wing.
Throw in that she seemingly equated not only Israel but the USA with the Taliban as committers of "unthinkable atrocities", and a quick rebuke was inevitable.
Before that, she was forced to apologize for suggesting that supporters of Israel were motivated by money, tweeting: "It's all about the Benjamins baby".
"She equated between the victim and the executioner when she treated the resistance of the Palestinian people, the Israeli crimes in Palestine, and the United States aggression in Afghanistan as an equal footing", Bassem Naim, the Islamist terror organization's global spokesperson, said in a statement.
The analogy prompted outrage from a dozen Jewish Democrats in the House.
"Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate".
"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 House members said.
There was no response from Omar to the repudiation, which came days after she lashed out at her Jewish colleagues in the Democratic party for saying her comments gave "cover to terrorist groups".
"I was in no way equating terrorist organisations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems", she said.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called on Pelosi to act: "Rep. Omar's anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent".
Israel critic and Omar ally Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also attacked the signatories of the letter, asserting that they were "demonizing" Omar and that "their obsession with policing her is sick". "She is a liability to the committee, and she's a liability to the United States of America". They said she should "clarify" what she meant.
Our people under occupation enjoy their inherent right to resist the occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, and here we remember the famous saying of the worldwide activist Nelson Mandela: "It is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of the struggle", what our people have done over the years The past, and what we are doing now, is a legitimate and guaranteed right. "The world is not just Israel and the Palestinians".
Amid the tensions between House Democrats, one Omar ally moved quickly Thursday morning to defend her fellow lawmaker.
"You know, you got to do some egregious [stuff] to be taken off of a committee", he said. "Can she ever fly the flag maybe just once for us?"