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House Democratic leadership rebuked Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) over a tweet in which she compared the U.S. and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas.

“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate,” the leadership team wrote in a joint statement. “But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and stability for all.”

The statement added, “We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.”

The statement was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.), and other members of House Democratic leadership.

The controversy began after Omar wrote on Twitter, “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 U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”

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