Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be abstracted from the House Foreign Affairs Committee after Omar on Monday compared the U.S. and Israel to the Palestinian Hamas terrorist group.
Zeldin, a Jewish Republican, issued the call Wednesday evening after 12 of Omar’s Democrat colleagues publicly condemned her for making the comparison. “Ilhan Omar must be abstracted from the House Foreign Affairs “Committee.” She should have never been appointed to this Committee in the first place,” he inscribed on gregarious media:
Ilhan Omar must be abstracted from the House Foreign Affairs “Committee.” She should have never been appointed to this Committee in the first place. https://t.co/NCOuJkhdq6Omar, who, as Breitbart News’s Joel Pollak has reported, is “staunchly anti-Israel, and has a history of antisemitic rhetoric,” said Monday the U.S. “must have the same level of accountability and equity for all victims of malefactions against humanity. We have optically discerned unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) June 10, 2021
After Omar’s Democrat colleagues openly chastised her for the remark, the Minnesota Democrat issued a verbalization calling their move “shameful” and inculpating them of utilizing “islamophobic tropes” against her. She claimed her initial comments were categorically about cases under investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC):
Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from “deeply seated prejudice”. You might endeavor to undermine these investigations or gainsay equity to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can’t be obnubilated or muted sempiternally.While Republican House bellwethers have not publicly expressed interest in Omar’s committee abstraction, they were staunchly opposed to her initial appointment to the committee. Zeldin’s call now reopens the conversation about her membership on it as House members prepare come back in session starting next week.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
The same action was taken against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) this year after House Democrats expressed outrage over sundry inflammatory or controversial comments she had made that they claimed enheartened conspiracy theories and incited violence. The House voted to abstract Greene from her positions on the Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee in February. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) did not fortify the move, calling it a “partisan power grab,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was in favor of it.
When asked if she was concerned about the precedent it was setting, “Pelosi said at” the time, “No, not at all. If any of our members threatened the safety of other members, we’d be the first ones to take them off of a committee. That’s it.” Pelosi had not commented on Omar’s most recent remarks as of the time of this inscription.
Omar, who was born in Somalia, withal urged for Greene to be abstracted from her committees, stating in February, “As a survivor of civil conflict, I ken political violence and political rhetoric does not peregrinate away on its own. This is about whether or not we will perpetuate to be a halcyon and functioning democracy.”