During a House Foreign Affairs Committee listening to, Omar pressed Secretary of State Antony Blinken on his opposition to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation of alleged conflict crimes committed by US navy personnel in Afghanistan, in addition to the Israeli navy of their conflicts in opposition to Arab militias.
“In both of these cases, if domestic courts can’t or won’t pursue justice and we oppose the ICC, where do we think victims are supposed to go for justice?” Omar requested.
In his response, Blinken referenced the truth that neither the US or Israel are events to the ICC, saying “we continue to believe that absent a [United Nations] Security Council referral or absent the request by the state itself, that [an ICC investigation is] not appropriate.”
“Mr. Secretary, I do understand that point,” Omar stated. “I’m asking what mechanism is available to them.”
The lawmaker later posted video of the trade on Twitter, with the caption: “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 US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”
The tweet, which didn’t specify the “atrocities” committed by the US, precipitated an uproar on Twitter.
“Just casually lumping America & Israel in with bona fide terrorist groups — and listing us first on the atrocities list,” famous TownHall.com political editor and Fox News contributor Guy Benson.
“Imagine thinking there is a moral equivalency between freedom-loving democracies and terrorist organizations,” tweeted the official account of Stand For America, the political motion committee based by former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center known as for Omar to be “stripped of her committee assignments for accusing the US of crimes against humanity”, whereas Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeted that Omar “was a refugee from Somalia and America welcomed her. If she really believes America is a hateful country on par with the Taliban and Hamas, she’s welcome to leave.”
“This vile hater has the audacity to enjoy American freedom while using her position to demonize America by lumping it with Hamas and the Taliban!” tweeted former New York Assembly member Dov Hikind. “No mention of Iran, Turkey, Syria, China, or Russia. Odd…Unless you’re anti-American, then it makes total sense!”
Omar has repeatedly been accused of constructing anti-American and anti-Semitic feedback since she arrived in Congress in 2019. Last month, she accused Israel of finishing up an “act of terrorism” through the newest battle between the Jewish state and Hamas.
Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.) responded in a Fox News interview by saying Omar was “out of her mind” in making that declare.