Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., clarified her “unthinkable atrocities” comments following pressure from some of her Democratic colleagues in a Thursday statement.
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court investigations,” Omar said in the statement. “To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”
The “Squad” member added that she was “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
Omar’s statement is the latest development in a series of back-and-forth comments between House Democrats that began after a Monday hearing with Blinken. Omar pressed the secretary on his opposition to the International Criminal Court investigating alleged war crimes in both “Palestine and Afghanistan.”
Omar insisted there are alleged war crimes to investigate committed by both “Israeli Security Forces and Hamas.” She then alleged the Taliban and the Afghan government are responsible for war crimes. The congresswoman grouped together the “unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban” in a Monday tweet sharing her