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Jewish House Democrats condemn Omar for comparing US and Israel with Hamas and Taliban

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) attends a press conference with a delegation of Brazilian Congresswomen to discuss human rights and climate justice on February 26, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.Rep. - Representative Ilhan Omar, (D-MN) and Representative Deb Haaland, (D-NM), met with a delegation of Brazilian congresswomen to discuss the Bolsonaro administration's "assault on indigenous people and labor rights, the environment and democracy". (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

A group of a dozen Jewish House Democratic members is calling on fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar to "clarify her words," after accusing her of equating the US and Israel with the Taliban and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the US.

(CNN)A group of a dozen Jewish House Democratic members is calling on fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar to "clarify her words," after accusing her of equating the US and Israel with the Taliban and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the US.

The dispute between Omar, a progressive from Minnesota, and the group of House members who pushed back on her comments underscores the fracture within the Democratic Party over Israel policy, continuing after a recent, violent days-long conflict in the region.

Alleged war crimes by Palestinian militant groups like Hamas will also be investigated, but Israeli officials have said they believe the court is operating outside the scope of its mandate, questioning its de facto assertion that a Palestinian state exists under international law.

"I haven't seen any evidence in either cases that domestic courts both can and will prosecute alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity," Omar said to Blinken Monday, adding, "So in both of these cases, if domestic courts can't or won't pursue justice and we oppose the ICC, where do we think the victims of these supposed crimes can go for justice?"

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