As Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday afternoon clarified earlier remarks about \u0022unthinkable atrocities\u0022 committed by the United States and Israel following a rebuke from her own party\u0026#039;s House leadership, many of the Minnesota Democrat\u0026#039;s progressive colleagues joined peace and human rights advocates in rallying to her defense.\r\n\r\n\u0022Over 650,000 Iraqis were murdered in an unjust war. The U.S. government suffers from amnesia.\u0022 —Linda Sarsour, MPower Change\r\n\r\nOmar first came under fire from fellow Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday, when a dozen moderate representatives issued a statement accusing her of \u0022equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban,\u0022 displaying \u0022deep-seated prejudice,\u0022 and giving \u0022cover to terrorist groups.\u0022\r\n\r\nOn Monday, Omar had asked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about justice mechanisms for victims of war crimes committed outside the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. The Biden administration does not support ICC investigations into alleged U.S. and Israeli war crimes in Afghanistan and the illegally occupied Palestinian territories, respectively.\r\n\r\nIn a tweet explaining her questioning, Omar wrote, \u0022We 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.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNeither the United States nor Israel have ratified the Rome Statute and therefore are not state parties to the ICC; as non-state actors, neither are the Taliban or Hamas.\r\n\r\nThe 12 lawmakers\u0026#039; reproof drew a sharp response first from Omar spokesperson Jeremy Slevin—who earlier on Thursday accused them of \u0022ginning up the same Islamophobic hate against her\u0022 as far-right foes who initially attacked the congresswoman for her tweet—and then from Omar herself.\r\n\r\nShe tweeted, \u0022We serve in Congress with Islamophobes like Rep. Mo Brooks [R-Ala.] and Democratic colleagues won\u0026#039;t condemn him [and] instead give legitimacy to this dangerous rhetoric.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLater Thursday, the entire House Democratic leadership including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement arguing that \u0022drawing 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.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe party leaders added that they \u0022welcome clarification\u0022 by Omar that \u0022there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.\u0022\r\n\r\nOmar replied in a statement:\r\n\r\n\r\nOn Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about ongoing International Criminal Court investigations. To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel. I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.\r\n\r\n\r\nOmar later noted that victims \u0022don’t trust the \u0026#039;well-established judicial systems\u0026#039; of Israel and the U.S. to deliver justice.\u0022\r\n\r\nProgressive Democrats expressed support for Omar throughout the day on Thursday. The Congressional Progressive Caucus issued a statement saying that her \u0022voice is critical and necessary.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We cannot ignore a right-wing media echo chamber that has deliberately and routinely attacked a Black, Muslim woman in Congress, distorting her views and intentions, and resulting in threats against [her] and her staff,\u0022 the statement continued. \u0022We urge our colleagues not to abet or amplify such divisive and bad-faith tactics.\u0022\r\n\r\nOmar said Wednesday that she was once again enduring threats against her life and racist vitriol following her remarks, tweeting, \u0022Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBeginning with Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), all the members of the so-called \u0022Squad\u0022 rallied to Omar\u0026#039;s defense Thursday.\r\n\r\nRep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) blasted \u0022bad faith attempts\u0022 to take Omar\u0026#039;s \u0022words out of context.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Imagine if Congress was as outraged by what Palestinians endure daily,\u0022 she tweeted.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) urged fellow Democrats to \u0022recognize the biases that fuel personal attacks, and defend our colleagues.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022When a woman, person of color, or Muslim speaks out against injustice, backlash ensues,\u0022 Bowman tweeted. \u0022When [Omar] speaks out, the vitriol is compounded by her being all three.\u0022\r\n\r\nRep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress and, along with Omar, the first Muslim woman, tweeted that \u0022freedom of speech doesn\u0026#039;t exist for Muslim women in Congress.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The benefit of the doubt doesn\u0026#039;t exist for Muslim women in Congress,\u0022 she added. \u0022House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of congresswomen of color.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.)—who is not a \u0022Squad\u0022 member—issued a statement in which she rejected the distinction between terrorism perpetrated between state and non-state actors, while slamming Republican colleagues who attacked Omar:\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen state actors, including democracies, or non-state actors, such as terrorist organizations, engage in acts that indiscriminately kill civilians or commit gross violations of human rights such as torture or indefinite detention, there should be internationally recognized mechanisms to achieve accountability and enforce agreed upon humanitarian standards.\r\n\r\nRep. Omar asked a serious question which is her right as a member of Congress, but the hypocrites at the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee]... should be reminded of their silence when the Trump administration sat down with the Taliban to negotiate a diplomatic agreement without the Afghan government while American service members and Afghan civilians were being attacked and killed.\r\n\r\n\r\nAntiwar activists and human rights defenders went much further than members of the U.S. government, which has killed more foreign civilians by far than any other entity in the world since waging the only nuclear war in history in 1945. Since then, millions of men, women, and children have died in U.S.-led wars, bombings, and covert actions in dozens of countries on every inhabited continent, including at least hundreds of thousands and perhaps well over a million people during the nearly 20-year War on Terror.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Actually the U.S. has likely committed worse atrocities than the Taliban and Hamas combined,\u0022 tweeted CodePink national co-director Ariel Gold.\r\n\r\n\u0022Remember the Iraq War? Abu Ghraib?\u0022 she asked, referring to one of the numerous prisons, including Guantánamo Bay and CIA \u0022black sites,\u0022 where Muslim prisoners in the War on Terror were tortured—sometimes to death—by U.S. military and intelligence personnel. These men and women were informed by techniques described in U.S. torture manuals used to instruct security forces from Latin American and other dictatorships at the U.S. Army School of the Americas and other torture training centers.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nActivist and former Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka asserted that \u0022state terrorism is much more dangerous and destructive\u0022 than the attacks perpetrated by Hamas and Taliban militants—whom other observers noted were at one time nurtured and courted by Israel and the United States, respectively.\r\n\r\nIn the decades since the end of World War II the U.S. has also supported regimes that perpetrated genocidal mass murder in Indonesia, West Papua, Bangladesh, Guatemala, East Timor, Kurdistan, and Iraq; as well as Israeli ethnic cleansing, apartheid, colonization, and other crimes in Palestine; and some of the world\u0026#039;s most brutally repressive dictatorships, terrorists, and death squads.\r\n\r\nIn global opinion polls, the U.S. is consistently ranked the biggest threat to world peace and democracy, and former American President Jimmy Carter in 2019 called the United States \u0022the most warlike nation in the history of the world.\u0022\r\n\r\nEarly on Friday, over 50 national progressive organizations and leaders published a statement of support for Omar.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We join in solidarity with Rep. Omar and all who are willing to name the simple truth that the United States and its allies should be held accountable for their human rights violations,\u0022 the signers affirmed. \u0022We urge all members of Congress, and Democratic leadership in particular, to stop falling for manufactured controversy. Fearless leadership for human rights everywhere should be commended, not condemned.\u0022\r\n\r\nStill others took House Democrats to task for being angrier at Omar for telling uncomfortable truths than with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for obstructing critical Democratic agenda items including the flagship For the People Act.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKumar Rao, senior director of strategy and policy at the New York Working Families Party, argued that House Democrats \u0022could be focused on investigating white nationalist members of Congress who conspired [with] MAGA cultists to overturn the election and kill them, but instead, they\u0026#039;re going after Ilhan Omar\u0022 for asking challenging questions about U.S. and Israeli foreign policy.\r\n\r\nUpdate: This article has been updated to include the statement released Friday from over 50 groups backing Rep. Ilhan Omar.