Pelosi, Dem leadership release statement amid infighting between Omar and group of Jewish Democrats

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has issued a statement amid infighting between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Jewish Democrats upset at her recent comments.

Omar said June 7th “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.”

Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider and 11 other Democrats wrote in a joint statement “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”

Now Pelosi has issued a new joint statement with Democrat leadership on comments by 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,” the statement says.

“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,” it adds.