Ilhan Omar explains why she supports sanctions on Israel, but not Iran

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Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar attempted to explain Thursday why she supported sanctions on Israel, but not Iran.

Omar is a supporter of the movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) the state of Israel, but criticized the Trump Administration earlier this week for promising to impose sanctions on Iran, calling it “economic warfare.”

“The BDS movement is a movement that is driven by the people,” Omar said. “The sanctions on Iran are sanctions that are being placed to create maximum pressure by a government.”

Omar has been a staunch critic of Israel, and is one of two members of congress to support the BDS movement, along with Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

In contrast to her criticism of Israel, Omar has defended the Iranian regime, which is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Omar attacked President Donald Trump last week over his decision to take out Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, calling it a “distraction.”

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