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Rep. Omar compares US to Hamas, Taliban, says country committed 'unthinkable atrocities'

Omar's comments came after she questioned Secretary of State Blinken over human rights.

Updated: June 9, 2021 - 11:29am

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar is comparing the U.S. to terror groups Hamas and Afghanistan's Taliban, claiming all three have committed "unspeakable atrocities."

Omar tweeted the statements Monday following Secretary of State Antony Blinken's testimony to the House Foreign Affairs committee.

Bilken told the committee the United States does not support the International Criminal Court's investigation into alleged war crimes by the CIA, U.S. military, and the Taliban in Afghanistan because the court does not use the same procedures as the U.S. when investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Omar, a member of House Democrats' progressive wing and a member of the committee, tweeted in response:

"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity," she posted along with a video of her exchange with Blinken at the committee hearing. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."

Omar, the first two Muslim American women to serve in Congress. also raised the issue of the ICC investigation into Israel for crimes allegedly committed by Israel and the Palestinian terror group Hamas in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem since 2014.

The U.S. and Israel are not members of the ICC, and Israel has opposed the investigations.

In the hearing, Omar pressed Blinken on his and the U.S. opposition to the ICC investigations U.S. actions in Afghanistan and Israeli actions against Palestinian militants.

"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 asked Blinken according to The New York Post.

Blinken responded: "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." 

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