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Democratic Leadership Statement on International Criminal Court Comments by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

WASHINGTON, DC - Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Pete Aguilar issued this joint statement addressing comments made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar:

“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate.  And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies.  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 security for all.  

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