Thursday, 29 Jul 2021

Omar retweets video made by anti-Israel group probed by FBI for terror ties

ILHAN Omar on Tuesday retweeted a Twitter post containing a video filmed by a pro-Palestinian organization the FBI once probed for alleged ties to terrorism.

It comes after the Minnesota Democrat shared a video Monday night in which she compared America to the Taliban and Hamas terror groups, arguing the US has also committed "unthinkable atrocities".



Omar retweeted a post by Marwa Fatafta, who describes herself as a "Palestinian feminist".

Fatafta’s post includes a video filmed by International Solidarity Movement activists.

ISM calls itself 'a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles."

Foreigners are encouraged to visit the Palestinian territories and volunteer.

The organization says those who arrive engage in activities including ‘participating in non-violent demonstrations, creatively disrupting activity by the Israeli occupation forces,.

They also accompany farmers to their fields and residing with or near families whose homes are threatened with eviction, demolition or harassment by settlers.’



Posting the clip Omar tweeted: "We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.

"We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice."

Her questions to Blinken did not make the comparison she had suggested in her tweet.

Last month Omar, member of the progressive "Squad" alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,slammed Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza strip as “terrorism”.


“Israeli airstrikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism,” Omar tweeted in response to the news. 

“Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians.

“It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid,” she added, referencing the Muslim holy week.

In March Omar sparked further fury after saying a mass shooter’s race only really becomes the main focus "when they are not white."

The congresswoman faced a backlash after suggesting there were different narratives used with shooting suspects depending on "race or ethnicity."

And in February 2019, Omar triggered outrage when she wrote, "It’s all about the Benjamins baby" in response to a tweet referencing House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s pledge to take "action" against her over her criticism of Israel.

She later suggested that American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was paying politicians to take a favorable stance toward Israel.

She also received backlash after she said "some people did something" when speaking to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in March 2019 about terror attacks on 9/11.

Omar is one of four in the progressive “Squad” of women of color that includes congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

All four members of The Squad were reelected in November, and Omar won her district by a margin of nearly 40 percent. 

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