Outcry as Muslim congressman likens US, Israel to Taliban

Ilhan Omar speaks at the memorial site for Dante Wright, who was killed in a police shooting recently during a traffic stop. – EPA pic, June 11, 2021.

US congressman Ilhan Omar faced broad condemnation yesterday, including from her Democratic Party’s leadership, after the Muslim lawmaker accused the United States and Israel of “unthinkable atrocities” comparable to those of Hamas and the Taliban.

Omar, who in 2016 became one of the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress, has antagonised members of her party in the past with comments denounced as anti-Semitic or anti-Israel.

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