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Critics demand Ilhan Omar condemn Palestinian ban on LGBT activities  — and she just responded

Instead of condemning bigotry, she condemns those bringing it up

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Critics of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) demanded she respond to reports that the Palestinian Authority banned LGBT activities, and she tweeted very dismissively about the silencing of the group.

"Pretending that this act somehow balances or mitigates Israel violating the dignity & rights of Palestinians - or undermines case for defending Palestinian rights - is deplorable!" she tweeted.

She referred to the criticism as a mere distraction in a follow up tweet.

"LGBTQ rights are human rights and we should condemn any effort to infringe upon them," she said.

"But we should also condemn any effort to equate this with the occupation or use this as a distraction," Omar concluded.

The Palestinian Authority announced that they would not allow an LGBTQ group to hold a demonstration, and called their activities "harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society."

Omar has been among the most vocal members of Congress against Israel and in favor of the Palestinian cause. She has also been an advocate for LGBTQ causes, but apparently that takes a back seat to her animosity against Israel.

She has also been widely criticized for employing anti-Semitic tropes while decrying Israel, even by some voices on the left.

Here's the latest on Omar's controversies:

Omar, Tlaib condemn Trump, call for end to Israel's 'occupation' of Palestine www.youtube.com

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