Ilhan Omar tweets ‘don’t sell arms’ to rights violators as other Dems tee up $1B for Iron Dome

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Rep. Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that Congress must not approve arms sales to nations accused of human rights violations, one day after she and other far-left House lawmakers forced the removal of $1 billion meant for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system from a massive government funding bill.

“We sold $175 billion in weapons last year—more than anyone in the world—to some of the worst human right abusers in the world,” Omar tweeted Wednesday. “Here’s an idea: don’t sell arms to anyone who violates human rights.”

Rather, he said, Omar was promoting a bill she introduced months earlier that would create a commission to help determine which nations should receive US aid and weaponry.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Tuesday that he would bring a standalone bill to the House floor that would restore the Iron Dome funding, hours after it was removed from a continuing resolution that would keep the government operating through Dec. 3, avoiding a shutdown

In her remarks, Omar condemned then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “a far-right ethno-nationalist” and asked: “How can we pay lip service to a Palestinian state, yet do absolutely nothing to make that state a reality while the Israeli government we fund tries to make it impossible?”

The following month, Omar tweeted that “[w]e have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” an equivalence which caused an uproar among colleagues who urged her to “clarify” her statement.
Omar initially responded by accusing her fellow Democrats of using “islamophobic tropes.” In a subsequent statement, the lawmaker claimed she “was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”

 
Good. But if you're giong to criticise Israel then talk about China who has a concentration camp for Muslims, and Saudi Arabia too, Iran, Syria, Myanmar. Don't be selective.
 
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