House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Ilhan Omar of fomenting 'prejudice' by drawing false equivalence between democracies such as U.S. and Israel and terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Taliban.
Her condemnation is the latest sign of tensions within the Democratic Party, as progressive members of the so-called 'squad' insist that Israel be held accountable for its actions against Palestinians.
Omar accused her critics within the Democratic Party of whipping up 'Islamic hate against her' after they complained she was comparing atrocities committed by American and Israeli troops with those of terrorist groups.
Pelosi stepped in on Thursday afternoon in an effort to end the feuding.
She said legitimate criticism of the U.S. and Israel was protected by the values of democratic debate.
'But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,' she said.