Ilhan Omar stokes outrage with plea against sending US weapons to back ‘war crime’ in Israel


Rep. Ilhan Omar elicited outrage Monday with a public entreaty for the US to shift from giving Israel “unconditional weapons sales and military aid” to diplomacy.

Omar (D-Minn.) — a member of the so-called “Squad” — also harped on the plight of the Palestinians and suggested that Israel’s retaliation against terrorist group Hamas might be a “war crime.”

“The Israeli Defense Minister has called Palestinians ‘human animals’ and promised to cut off all electricity, all food, and all fuel to civilians in Gaza,” Omar wrote in a lengthy threat on X, formerly Twitter.

“This is collective punishment, a war crime, and the U.S. should oppose any violations of international law if we truly support a rules-based international order,” she continued.

The 41-year-old congresswoman who’s long been a vocal critic of Israel’s settlement policies and defender of the Palestinians, further argued, “the solution to this horror, as ever, is a negotiated peace.”

“Instead of continuing unconditional weapons sales and military aid to Israel, I urge the United States at long last to use its diplomatic might to push for peace,” she stressed.

Her remarks struck a nerve among detractors who ripped her call for peace just after the deadly attack on Israel that has killed well over 1,000.

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Ilhan Omar has an extensive history of ginning up controversy with her statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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“Israel was just brutally attacked by terrorists, funded by Iran, and you want to cut off funding and military aid and equipment,” Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) fired back.

“You are out of your mind and unfit to serve in the House of Representatives. This is why you were removed from the Foreign Affairs committee.”

Omar was booted from the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this year following the GOP takeover of the lower chamber.

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) cited her past comments on Israel as justification.

“Ilhan Omar and the squad using the days after Israel faced the largest terror attack in its history and the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust to call for cutting off military aid to those who were attacked,” an account named AG said.

“Ilhan calls for the U.S. to abandon Israel as Hamas parades rape victims survivors throught the streets of Gaza. May God have mercy on your soul,” Mediate writer Isaac Schorr chimed in.

“This is the literal definition of negotiating with terrorists,” Gates McGavick, Legal Communications Director at Republican National Committee, said.

Omar became the first female Muslim elected to the House of Representatives alongside Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in 2019.

Tlaib, the first Palestinian member of the lower chamber, described Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians as an “apartheid system” on Sunday while emphasizing that she grieves both the “Palestinian and Israeli lives lost.”

“The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance,” Tlaib said.

In contrast to Tlaib, Omar quickly denounced Hamas’ deadly assault the Jewish State that began Saturday.

“I condemn the horrific acts we are seeing unfold today in Israel against children, women, the elderly, and the unarmed people who are being slaughtered and taken hostage by Hamas,” Omar said at the time.

Omar on Monday also underscored that residents of Gaza overwhelmingly live in acute poverty and are mostly comprised of children.

“Just as we honor the humanity of the hundreds of innocent Israeli civilians and 9 Americans who were killed this weekend, we must honor the humanity of the innocent Palestinian civilians who have been killed and whose lives are upended,” she added.

Over 1,000 Israelis are believed to have died in the bloody carnage with an estimated 2,600 wounded, according to Israeli media.

So far Biden has confirmed at least 11 Americans were killed in the crossfire.

Hamas has also abducted an unknown number of hostages and thousands of people on both sides of the conflict have been wounded. 

Israel’s cabinet has declared war for the first time in 50 years and launched airstrikes on Gaza ahead of an expected ground attack.


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