Omar tweeted on Monday that “we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.”
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she wrote, including video of her interrogation of Secretary of State Tony Blinken at a hearing in the House Monday.
The Jewish House group of lawmakers, including House Judiciary Jerry Nadler, argued on Wednesday that “equating the United States and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is wrong.” .
They continued, “false equivalences give cover to terrorist groups.”
In response, Omar, who is Muslim, called her colleagues’ statement “shameful” and accused them of using Islamophobic tropes.
“It is shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now issue a statement asking for ‘clarifications’ and not just calling. The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment (and) the silence of the signatories of this letter declaration is unbearable, ”she wrote on Twitter.
Jeremy Slevin, a spokesperson for Omar, said the congresswoman contacted the group before their statement was released to offer clarification, but the appeals were not returned.
Omar also shared a threatening and rude voicemail message his office received, adding that “every time I speak about human rights I am inundated with death threats.”
She also said she was citing a case brought before the International Criminal Court against Israel, the United States, Hamas and the Taliban, which she said “is not a comparison or a ‘deep-rooted prejudice'” .
Israel and the United States are not signatories to the Rome Statute that established the ICC in 2002, so the court’s investigation and any eventual decision carries less weight.
During a hearing in the Foreign House on Monday, Omar asked Blinken about the Biden administration’s opposition to the prosecution of these investigations by the ICC.
“I saw no evidence in either case that domestic courts can and will prosecute both war crimes and alleged crimes against humanity,” Omar told Blinken on Monday, adding: “So in these two cases, if national courts cannot or will not seek justice and we oppose the ICC, where do we think victims of these alleged crimes can get justice? ”
Blinken responded that the United States and Israel both have mechanisms to ensure accountability in situations where there are concerns about the use of force and human rights violations. He added that the administration continues to believe that the ICC’s jurisdiction is inappropriate, in the absence of a referral from the Security Council or a request from the state itself.
CNN has contacted the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for comment.
Republicans have often condemned Omar’s views, and Congressman Republican National Committee spokesman Mike Berg said Tuesday that “every Democrat in the House should condemn Omar’s disgusting comments.”
The Democratic Party’s stance has traditionally been in favor of Israel, but progressives, including Omar, have criticized the Israeli government for its treatment of Palestinians. Omar also supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a nonviolent militant campaign that aims to exert economic and political pressure on Israel for its actions towards the Palestinians, including calling for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles, Manu Raju, Amir Tal, Andrew Carey and Angela Dewan contributed to this report.