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Ilhan Omar Stokes Outrage With Plea Against Sending US Weapons To Israel

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Social media erupted after Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar asked the U.S. to stop giving Israel “unconditional weapons sales and military aid” and instead use diplomacy.

Omar, a member of the so-called “Squad,” talked a lot about how bad things are for the Palestinians and said that Israel’s actions against the terrorist group Hamas might be a “war crime.”

“The Israeli Defense Minister has called Palestinians ‘human animals’ and promised to cut off all electricity, all food, and all fuel to civilians in Gaza,” Omar wrote in a lengthy threat on X, formerly Twitter.

“This is collective punishment, a war crime, and the U.S. should oppose any violations of international law if we truly support a rules-based international order,” she continued.

The 41-year-old congresswoman who’s long been a vocal critic of Israel’s settlement policies and defender of the Palestinians, further argued, “the solution to this horror, as ever, is a negotiated peace.”

“Instead of continuing unconditional weapons sales and military aid to Israel, I urge the United States at long last to use its diplomatic might to push for peace,” she stressed.

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Omar’s comments ignited a firestorm on social media, with many ripping her call for peace right after the attack on Israel that killed over 1,000 people.

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New York GOP Rep. Mike Lawler fired back on X: “Israel was just brutally attacked by terrorists, funded by Iran, and you want to cut off funding and military aid and equipment. You are out of your mind and unfit to serve in the House of Representatives. This is why you were removed from the Foreign Affairs committee.”

After the GOP took over the lower house earlier this year, Omar was kicked off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy cited Omar’s past comments on Israel as justification for her removal.

“Ilhan Omar and the squad using the days after Israel faced the largest terror attack in its history and the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust to call for cutting off military aid to those who were attacked,” an account named AG said.

“Ilhan calls for the U.S. to abandon Israel as Hamas parades rape victims survivors through the streets of Gaza. May God have mercy on your soul,” Mediate writer Isaac Schorr chimed in.

“This is the literal definition of negotiating with terrorists,” Gates McGavick, Legal Communications Director at Republican National Committee, said.

Omar did denounce Hamas’ deadly assault on the Jewish State that began Saturday.

“I condemn the horrific acts we are seeing unfold today in Israel against children, women, the elderly, and the unarmed people who are being slaughtered and taken hostage by Hamas,” Omar said at the time.

Omar on Monday also underscored that residents of Gaza overwhelmingly live in acute poverty and are mostly comprised of children.

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