Lauren Boebert Calls Ilhan Omar 'Full-Time Propagandist For Hamas'

Representative Lauren Boebert has called Representative Ilhan Omar a "propagandist" for Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas following the Democrat's criticism of Israel.

Boebert, a Republican who represents Colorado's 3rd congressional district, made the claim on Twitter on Monday in what appeared to be a response to Omar's comments about recent Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Omar represents Minnesota's 5th district and strongly criticized the strikes, which had killed at least 21 people as of Tuesday morning, according to Palestinian officials.

"@IlhanMN should decide whether she wants to be a Congresswoman or a full-time propagandist for Hamas," Boebert wrote.

"Why are her fellow Democrats so silent about her disgraceful comments?"

Hamas is considered a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S.

Omar called Israel's airstrikes "terrorism" on Monday following a report that 20 Palestinians, including 9 children, had been killed.

"Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism," Omar tweeted. "Palestinians deserve protection.

"Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don't exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It's unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid."

Eid is a Muslim religious holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This year it falls between 12 and 13 May.

.@IlhanMN should decide whether she wants to be a Congresswoman or a full-time propagandist for Hamas. Why are her fellow Democrats so silent about her disgraceful comments?

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 11, 2021

"Many will tell you Israel has a right to defend itself, to safety and security, but are silent on whether Palestinians have those rights too," Omar added in a later tweet.

"Until we can defend the rights of Palestinians just as we do Israelis, we have no leg to stand on when it comes to justice or peace," she said.

Omar and her Democratic colleague Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have criticized the State Department for dodging questions about the Palestinians' right to self-defense.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, started firing rockets into Israel on Monday evening after four days of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.

Police used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets, while some of the Palestinians threw rocks and chairs. More than 700 Palestinians were injured in the clashes and almost 500 received treatment at hospitals, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The site is considered holy in both Islam and Judaism. Another factor in the unrest is the dozens of Palestinians facing eviction by Jewish settlers from the city's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Twenty-one officers were also injured, according to Reuters.

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said more than 200 rockets were fired into Israel, with about one third falling short and landing in Gaza.

Two of the rockets hit homes in the city of Ashkelon and 31 people were injured as of Tuesday morning, according to The Jerusalem Post. Four of the injured were moved to Barzilai Hospital, the newspaper reported.

Conricus said Israel had struck 130 targets in Gaza, including the home of a Hamas field commander and two tunnels that were being dug under the Israeli border. The strikes killed 15 militants.

Boebert also linked the clashes to the Biden administration in a tweet on Monday, saying: "What is going on in Israel right now is exactly what happens when the leadership of the United States is considered a worldwide joke. Hamas would not have dared to do this with President Trump in office."

Newsweek has asked Representatives Lauren Boebert and Ilhan Omar for comment.

Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) attends the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Boebert has called Rep. Ilham Omar a "propagandist" for Hamas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images