Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., shared a video on Twitter made by an anti-Israel organization previously investigated by the FBI for possible terrorist ties.
On Tuesday, one day after she posted a tweet likening the U.S. and Israel to terror groups Hamas and the Taliban, Omar shared a post including a video produced by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
The video shared by Omar depicted a Palestinian child being carried off by Israeli police forces as an explosion is heard in the background.
In 2010, ISM was deemed by the Anti-defamation League (ADL) as one of the top 10 anti-Israel organizations in the country. The FBI has also investigated ISM for possible links to terrorists, but FBI documents reported in 2020 by the Intercept did not detail any charges levied.
ISM was also criticized by the ADL in 2014 for the group’s response to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, with ISM saying the teens were “missing” and dismissing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attribution of the murders to internationally recognized terrorist organization Hamas.
Omar shared the video of the Palestinian child the day after tweeting that the U.S. and Israel, like Hamas and the Taliban, had committed “unthinkable atrocities.”
The tweet was met with a sharp rebuke from both sides of the aisle, with Democratic leadership issuing their own condemnation of Omar’s words after the congresswoman posted a release clarifying her tweet.
When asked if House Democrats would be pursuing further action against Omar during a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn’t even let the reporter finish his question before answering in the negative.
“I think that she clarified her remarks and we accept that, and she has a point that she wanted to make and she has a right to make that point,” Pelosi said. “There’s some unease about how it was interpreted.”
“She made her clarification,” Pelosi added before moving onto the next question.