June 10, 2021 (Washington, DC) — Jeff Mendelsohn, Executive Director of Pro-Israel America, issued the following statement in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments:
“Statements from anyone – let alone a sitting member of Congress – that compare the actions of the United States and Israel, vibrant democracies with robust legal systems and civil societies, with the unthinkable atrocities of terror groups like Hamas and the Taliban, are outrageously dangerous, offensive, and not grounded in reality. The Taliban gave aid and comfort to Osama bin Laden as he launched the terror attacks of 9/11 on the United States, and Hamas is responsible for the deaths and injuries of countless Israeli and Palestinian civilians.
Rep. Ilhan Omar once again emboldens terrorist organizations like Hamas, which has explicitly called for the outright annihilation of Israel and the genocide of all Jews. This hatred against Israel breeds hatred against Jews, and we have recently seen antisemitism surging across America clearly stoked by the hateful rhetoric used to demonize Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East.
Pro-Israel America strongly condemns Rep. Omar’s reprehensible comparisons.”