A group of 12 Jewish Democratic lawmakers issued a statement condemning the remarks and calling on Ms. Omar to clarify her statement. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban", she wrote on Twitter, echoing her remarks on the video. "I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice", Omar said in the tweet.
With a number of key votes that will require a unified Democratic caucus, the statement from Pelosi appeared created to strike a delicate balance, condemning the likening of Israel to terrorist groups while accepting Omar's clarification.
A number of Republicans reacted strongly, with some saying Democrat leaders should remove Omar from her post on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Ms. Omar's use of the term "tropes" this week in describing her colleagues' request for clarification was a defiant echo of that earlier altercation.
In a written statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said that "drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the US and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines peace and security for all". The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
However, other colleagues in Congress, including Democrats, accused them of stoking anti-Semitism, which saw a sharp uptick during the Gaza conflict and afterwards.
It is not the first time Ms. Omar's remarks about Israel have generated anger from fellow Democrats. "Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia".
That schism over Israel's occupation of Palestine has generally pitted younger progressives against older, establishment-leaning lawmakers who are more pro-Israel, a divide that has intensified since last month's 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
A progressive caucus in the party issued a statement of support, saying, "We can not ignore a right-wing media echochamber that has deliberately and routinely attacked a Black Muslim woman in congress, distorting her views. and resulting in threats against Rep Omar and her staff". Ms. Omar seemed to allude to those pleas in her combative tweet. "In Afghanistan, it includes crimes committed by the Afghan national government and the Taliban", she said. The NRCC is the House GOP campaign organisation.
Still, Ms. Omar's anti-America and anti-Israel rhetoric widened the rift between far-left members and the rest of the Democratic caucus.
Omar also said on Twitter that she's been "inundated" with death threats as a result of Republican politicians and conservative news outlets taking her comments about war crimes out of context, posting one voicemail where a caller called her "a terrorist" and used other Islamophobic and racist slurs.
Ahead of Pelosi's statement, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tried to ramp up pressure on the speaker to take action against Omar.
Omar, a Muslim immigrant from Somalia, hit back at her colleagues for publicly criticizing her instead of discussing their objections with her privately.
Jeff Mendelsohn, executive director of Pro-Israel America, said that Omar's comments are "outrageously risky".
On Monday, Omar posted on Twitter her exchange with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Omar backtracked in January from a 2012 tweet amid the Gaza War saying "Israel has hypnotized the world", as well as from tweets last month suggesting that US lawmakers defending Israel were motivated by campaign donations. They said she should "clarify" what she meant.
"The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups".
"It's shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for "clarification" and not just call", wrote Ms. Omar, one of two Muslim women in the House, accusing her detractors of bigotry.
What "Islamophobic tropes" are those? But she's a victim because of the "constant harassment and silencing" from members who signed the letter. "She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible", Tlaib tweeted.
Omar added in a follow-up tweet: "Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn't comparison or from "deeply seated prejudice".