Palestinian Islamic, militant and nationalist organization Hamas accused Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar of equating the victim with the executioner after she put the Palestinian militants in the same basket as the U.S., Israel and the Taliban.
According to Hamas spokesman Basem Naim, Omar’s statements were very surprising considering the fact that Hamas has the legitimate and inherent right to resist by all available means to Israel as the occupier on Palestinian land, claiming at the same time that the U.S. is the aggressor in Afghanistan.
Writing on behalf of Hamas, Naim expressed appreciation for Omar’s stances in defending justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost the rights of Palestinian people, but noted they deplore the unfair combination that is contrary to justice and international law and asked for an accurate description of the events.
Omar provoked an ire and wave of criticism earlier this week asking U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about U.S. objections to the International Criminal Court. She argued that there has to be a same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity pointing to previously seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
Pressured by the outrage from both Republicans and Jewish Democrats, Omar was forced to clarify her statements on Friday. She issued a clarification statement that wasn’t really an apology, clarifying that her statements were not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel, bur about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, and pointed that she was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries
Omar, who hasn’t tweeted since June 9, has not yet commented on the Hamas statement.