When you’ve lost Hamas: “We appreciate Mrs. Ilhan Omar’s stances in defending justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost of which are the just rights of our Palestinian people, but we deplore this unfair combination that is contrary to justice and international law.”
Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) recently compared the conduct of the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban:
“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
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.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
A group of Democrats, all Jewish, issued a joint statement, saying Omar’s remark “reflects deep-seated prejudice”:
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” said the lawmakers. “Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”
They concluded: “The United States and Israel are imperfect and like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congressman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
That caused Democrat leadership, once again, to scramble to deflect from and protect Omar, House Dem Leadership Pretends Ilan Omar Has Clarified Her Comparison of the U.S., Israel to Hamas, Taliban.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 10, 2021
You know who else was unhappy? Hamas, which felt that comparing them to us was unfair to them.
In a press statement, Hamas’ spokesman wrote (Google Translate from Arabic):
The recent statements of Mrs. Ilhan Omar, a member of the US House of Representatives, in which she equated the victim with the executioner, are very surprising, as she equated the resistance of the Palestinian people on the one hand, and the crimes of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the American aggression in Afghanistan on the other.
We appreciate Mrs. Ilhan Omar’s stances in defending justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost of which are the just rights of our Palestinian people, but we deplore this unfair combination that is contrary to justice and international law.
The Palestinian people have been living under the Zionist occupation for more than seven decades, during which they suffered a lot, and the most heinous crimes were committed against them. Throughout these decades, they remained steadfast, fighting for their freedom and independence, given all opportunities, showed a lot of flexibility, and paid very high prices to achieve these rights by peaceful means.
However, the other side refused to comply with all international resolutions, and continued its arrogance and oppression of our people and threatening international stability and security, and unfortunately, with the full support and protection of successive US administrations.
Our people under occupation enjoy their inherent right to resist the occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, and here we remember the famous saying of the international activist Nelson Mandela: “It is always the oppressor, not the oppressed, who dictates the form of the struggle,” what our people have done over the years The past, and what we are doing now, is a legitimate and guaranteed right.
Nevertheless, the Hamas movement presented many initiatives, the first of which was on the lips of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the movement, and the latest of which was the statements of the movement’s leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar after the last aggression, the need to spare civilians the scourge of the conflict and the movement’s keenness on that, but all these initiatives were rejected by the occupation The Zionist, and indeed, in every aggression, the last of which was the aggression on Gaza for 11 days, deliberately and brutally targeted civilians, with no aim other than to raise the humanitarian cost of this aggression, in the hope of breaking the will of our people and their support for the resistance forces.
The movement, on more than one occasion, welcomed all the international investigation committees, and expressed its readiness to cooperate with them in order to achieve justice and hold the aggressors accountable, at a time when the occupation completely refused to cooperate with them and allow them to reach the Palestinian territories.
Accordingly, we look to Mrs. Ilhan Omar, and all defenders of Palestinian rights, to describe things correctly and accurately, because this is the most important starting point for laying the foundations for a just solution to this chronic conflict.
Dr. Basem Naim
International Relations Office of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
Here is Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, who Israel targeted but was unable to kill in the recent conflict, lifting a child holding a weapon during an appearance in Gaza after the ceasefire:DONATE
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