U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar rushed to the defense of LGBTQ Palestinians who want to organize in the West Bank.
The Minnesota Democrat shared a message fromalQaws, a Palestinian organization fighting for sexual and gender minorities, listing “5 Ways to Support Palestinian Queers.”
“Right wing media asking us about this, can you listen up and amplify it correctly!,” Omar wrote onTwitter.
Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, said Americans should offer support to LGBTQ activists overseas. The move came a day after Palestinian policevowed to stop alQaws from holding eventsthis month and vowed to arrest organizers who “pursue a gathering.”
“LGBTQ rights are human rights and we should condemn any effort to infringe upon them,” Omar wrote.
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American and the only other Muslim women ever elected to Congress, also retweeted the alQaws post, along with asupporting messagefrom the Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian Human Rights organization.
But Omar, who has been criticized for remarks perceived as anti-Semitic, also leveled criticisms at Israel in her statement.
“Pretending that this act somehow balances or mitigates Israel violating the dignity & rights of Palestinians – or undermines case for defending Palestinian rights – is deplorable!” shewrote.
“But we should also condemn any effort to equate this with the occupation or use this as a distraction,” Omar continued.
Both Omar and Tlaib recently were at the center of friction with Israel. The Israeli government said itwould deny entryto the Congresswomen into the country. Several LGBTQ members of Congressspoke out last weekon the two Muslim congresswomen’s behalf.