llhan Omar votes ‘present’ on bill to condemn the Armenian genocide

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday refused to support a resolution in the Congress recognition of the Armenian genocide, saying it was important, first, to denounce the “mass slaughter” of the “hundreds of millions of indigenous people,” as well as “the TRANS-Atlantic slave trade.”

Omar, suggested in a statement to your vote in the “present” on the resolution, apparently, that the centuries-old mass murder of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks may not have occurred at all. You claimed that “the accountability and the recognition of the genocide not as a cudgel in a political battle,” but rather, “is based on the scientific consensus outside of the push and pull of geopolitics.”

The comments allegations prompted to communicate that Omar was looking for again, a bigoted message, while at the same time a delusion of the wink-and-strong deniability, even as they called for a boycott over alleged Israeli violations of human rights, described the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some people have done, as an instance, in the “something,” and claimed that “Israel has the world hypnotized.”

Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib history as the first Muslim women in the Congress this year, and within months, Omar has been criticised by her own party for a series of remarks as anti-Semitic by some-including your assertion that Jewish support in Washington was “all about the Benjamins, baby.” (Tlaib, too, was also accused of anti-Semitism in the office.)

Political analyst Zaid Jilani pointed out that, in contrast to Omar’s statement, the United States has condemned the treatment of the Indians and the slave trade.

“Nothing is wrong with asking that the US recognize the government, violations of human rights here, before we get overseas,” Jilani. “The Problem is the US government has already recognize the ones that Omar will ask you to confirm. Do not recognize the genocide of the Armenians at the behest of Turkey.”

He added: “the Congress has on many resolutions condemning abuses against Indians and slavery. It has never adopted a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide. That is why Ilhan Omar’s statement here sounds hollow.”

Other commentators were alternately baffled and outraged by Omar’s statement.

“Your explanation does not cut it,” said the political scientist Ian Bremmer.


“Hard to square this approach with its support for BDS. Not a good look,” wrote former George W. Bush administration official Christian Vanderbrouk, refers to Omar’s support for the movement to boycott and sanctions of Israel because of alleged human rights violations.

“This is a bizarre statement,” journalist Yashar Ali observed.

“All life a role?”, mused Alan Cole, a senior GOP economist on Capitol Hill.

“I am completely confused by this,” GOP political strategist Andrew Surabian wrote, asked whether Omar was “suggests that the Armenian genocide occurred is no “scientific consensus” that???”


The New York Post Brooke Rogers pointed out that Omar, the invocation of the notion of “scientific consensus” has not been addressed is the possibility that Omar, like Turkey, sought to dispute basic facts about the genocide.

Earlier this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Nations accused his country of genocide, had their own “bloody” past.”


Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed in world war I, and many scientists see it as the 20th century’s first genocide.

Turkey denies the description, the claims, the toll has been inflated and taking into account victims killed in a civil war, rather than victims of genocide.

The non-binding resolution passed 405-11 Tuesday, with some breakaway warning that it could counterintuitively strengthen Erdogan’s political position.


The opponents of the resolution has also been said that formal recognition of the Armenian genocide risks angering Turkey, whose relationship is crucial for stability in the region. But such apprehensiveness has subsided with the Turkish invasion of North-East Syria at the beginning of this month, President Trump the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region.

Reps., Paul Gosar, and Eddie Bernice Johnson voted present.

Speaking on the House floor in support of the resolution, house Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-NY, said the resolution “is an important measure to set the record straight on the atrocities suffered by the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. Century.”

“We know what happened in this dark period of history. Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered. That was a genocide, and it is important that we take this crime what it was.”


There are no plans to bring the resolution to a vote in the Senate. A second resolution on Tuesday, the imposition of severe sanctions on Turkish officials and banning the sale of military weapons to Turkey for use in Syria, went to the house of a 403-16 vote.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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