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It’s Past Time For Rep. Ilhan Omar To Be Censured

(ACLJ) To absolutely no one’s surprise, Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5) is under fire once again for comparing America to the Taliban and Hamas.

Yes, you read that correctly. A sitting Member of Congress literally put the greatest country in the world, America, and the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel, into the same category as two of the biggest terrorist organizations to ever exist.

Here is what she tweeted:

To provide context, the tweet was in reference to questions she directed at Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his testimony at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

Rep. Omar is no stranger to controversy. Her bigoted and antisemitic comments in the past have been so outrageous, we’ve actually called for her to be censured and removed from committee assignments.

Here is a breakdown of her dangerous rhetoric:

In February 2019, journalist Glenn Greenwald called out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Twitter for threatening to punish Omar over her condemnation of Israel. Omar responded: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

She was using a song lyric by a rapper to say that U.S. lawmakers’ support for Israel is “all” about money, referencing a long-standing racist stereotype about Jewish people. Her words drew immediate criticism, but the most telling response came months later from the Israeli Prime Minister himself, Benjamin Netanyahu. During a conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Netanyahu said: