Jerusalem, Israel (courtesy Pixabay)

Jerusalem, Israel (courtesy Pixabay)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., followed fellow freshman Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., in criticizing Israel for defending itself against a barrage of more than 700 rockets fired by jihadists in Gaza over the weekend.

Omar claimed in a tweet Sunday that Gaza was under the “occupation” of Israel, even though the Jewish state left Gaza in 2005.

“How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?” she wrote via Twitter. “The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota (Official portrait)

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota (Official portrait)

In a tweet Saturday, Tlaib criticized a New York Times headline that indicated the Gaza Palestinians initiated the conflict.

“When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free?” she wrote. “Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families.”

The Times headline said: “Gaza Militants Fire 250 rockets, and Israel Retaliates With Airstrikes.”

‘Hamas controls Gaza’

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., responded to Omar via Twitter, pointing out the terrorist group Hamas governs Gaza.

The “real question,” Cheney said, is “how many times with Ilhan rush to the defense of terrorists?”

In her short tenure in Congress, Omar has become known for anti-Semitic tweets.

A 2017 tweet recently was unearthed in which she cast the U.S. Army as the villain in the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Somalia.

Omar first came under fire for tweeting in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

In February, she insinuated in a tweet that politicians in the U.S. were bought by AIPAC, the non-partisan group seeking to foster relations between the U.S. and Israel.

She followed that tweet with another that echoed the anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” trope. Pro-Israel activists, she said, were pushing members of Congress to have “allegiance to a foreign country.”

The House responded with a resolution that eventually was watered down by majority Democrats, omitting her name and condemning hatred of various kinds.

Last month, in a speech at a fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Omar described the 9/11 terror attacks as “some people did something.”

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