A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution to condemn and censure Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and other members of the progressive group called “The Squad” for their comments backing the actions of a recognized terrorist organization.
According to the resolution, Omar and her far-left allies, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) would be condemned and censured for “defending foreign terrorist organizations and inciting anti-Semitic attacks across the United States.”
Introduced by Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), the resolution criticized the Squad, citing comments from each group member regarding Israel’s efforts to defend itself from Hamas.
The Republican lawmakers argued that Israel is a key ally and a strategic partner of the United States. It has the right and responsibility to protect itself and its citizens from all forms of terrorism. Meanwhile, Hamas is actively engaged in committing war crimes, including using civilians as human shields. But the Squad members have each referred to Israel as an “apartheid state.”
“Representative Omar equated the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban when stating ‘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,” the resolution says.
It notes that Rep. Tlaib accused the Israeli government of “ethnic cleansing” against Palestinians and claimed Israel is “promoting racism and dehumanization.”
“Rep. Omar argued that Israel’s military response to Hamas’s strikes was ‘an act of terrorism’ rather than an act of self defense,” the Republicans say in the resolution, adding that Omar also accused the United States of backing crimes against humanity.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez claimed the Israeli military is “inhumane” and responsible for “inflicting violence” while accusing the government of Israel of committing “human rights abuses,” the resolution says.
Rep. Pressley accused Israel of “egregious human rights violations,” the resolution adds.
“Each of the claims made by Representatives Ocasio Cortez, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley inaccurately depict the democracy of Israel as an oppressive, violent, abusive nation,” the Republican group wrote.
“These false claims, further perpetuated over social media, have resulted in increased violence and anti-Semitic hate crimes throughout the United States,” they conclude.
In a statement clarifying the resolution, Rep. Waltz said that “We cannot turn a blind eye to Members of Congress openly defending terrorist attacks by Hamas against our close ally Israel nor their dangerous rhetoric which has contributed to anti-Semitic attacks across the country.”
Waltz, a former Green Beret, added, “For members of the U.S. Congress to make equivalencies to Israel and the American military, which puts its own soldiers at risk to avoid civilian casualties, is ignorant of the facts, shameful, and should be condemned in the strongest terms.”
Rep. Tenney also released a statement condemning Omar for comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban last week.
“Sadly, this is not out of character for ‘The Squad,’ who have made a habit of trafficking in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Their actions have been completely unchecked by Democratic leadership in the House, even as vile attacks against Jewish Americans are rising,'” Tenney said as reported by Fox News.
However, the resolution is unlikely to pass the House as many Democrats stand with the Squad’s stance toward Israel.
After Omar clarified her controversial comments last week that equated the United States and Israel with terrorist groups, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has refused to rebuke the Minnesota congresswoman.
In an interview with CNN, Pelosi even called Omar “a valued member of our caucus.”