“Team“member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Retweeted a video produced by an anti-Israel organization previously investigated by the FBI into possible terrorist links.
On Tuesday, a day after posting a now infamous tweet comparing the United States and Israel to terrorist groups Hamas and the Taliban, Omar retweeted a message including a video produced by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
The video shared by Omar showed a Palestinian child being taken away by Israeli police forces as an explosion was heard in the background.
In 2010, the ISM was considered by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as one of the Top 10 anti-Israel organizations in the country. The FBI also investigated the ISM for possible links to terrorists, but FBI documents reported in 2020 by Interception did not detail the charges levied.
The 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 claiming the teens were “missing” and rejecting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attribution of the killings to internationally recognized terrorist organization Hamas.
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While the ISM presents itself as “nonviolent”, its founders endorsed the right of Palestinians to “armed struggle” in the past.
David Bernstein, professor at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, called the ISM a “pro-terrorist organization” in a 2015 opinion piece in the Washington Post, noting that the group had expressed support for a violent terrorist, Samer Issawi.
“Consider the ISM’s support for Samer Issawi, a terrorist affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine,” Bernstein wrote. “Israeli authorities arrested Issawi at the height of the second Intifada in 2002 for crimes which ‘included four shootings, between July 2001 and February 2002, in which Issawi and his partners shot at police cars and on-going buses. between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem. ‘”
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Issawi was released during a prisoner exchange in 2011, but was quickly re-arrested after breaking his release conditions. While in prison, he went on a hunger strike that attracted international attention.
Bernstein also pointed out in his article that ISM co-founders Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro wrote an article that encourages the use of nonviolent resistance in tandem with violence.
“Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics – both non-violent and violent,” the article read. “But most importantly, he has to develop a strategy involving both aspects.”
“No other successful nonviolent movement could achieve what it did without a simultaneous violent movement – in India, activists attacked British outposts and interests while Gandhi led his campaign, while the Black Panther Movement and its early incarnations existed side by side with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, ”continued the ISM co-founders.
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Additionally, ISM leaders detailed the use of “violent” resistance to achieve goals.
“Violent resistance is when an armed Palestinian fighter shoots an Israeli who oppresses him,” they wrote, Bernstein stressing that they had not specified any Israeli soldiers, but rather “any reputable Israeli” oppress “a Palestinian”.
In a statement to Fox News on Saturday, Bernstein said he doesn’t think the ISM has “been very active lately” and suspects the video Omar retweeted “has been recycled for a long time.”
“But in any event, the ISM has always been a propaganda machine for the Palestinians, not an objective source of human rights,” he said.
Omar shared the video of the Palestinian child the day after he tweeted that the United States and Israel, like Hamas and the Taliban, had committed “unthinkable atrocities.”
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The tweet came under heavy criticism from both sides of the aisle, with Democratic leaders posting their own condemnation of Omar’s comments after the congresswoman issued a statement clarifying her tweet.
When asked if House Democrats would pursue further actions against Omar at 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 she clarified her remarks and we accept it, and she has a point that she wanted to make and she has a right to do so,” Pelosi said. “There is some unease about how this has been interpreted.”
“She provided her clarification,” Pelosi added before moving on to the next question.
Neither Omar’s office nor ISM immediately responded to Fox News requests for comment.