The House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution on Tuesday officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
The resolution, H.R. 296, states that it is the official policy of the United States to recognize and commemorate the Ottoman Empire’s killing of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.
It passed the House 405 to 11 with two Democrats and one Republican voting present and 11 Republicans voting against it.
“I also believe accountability for human rights violations—especially ethnic cleansing and genocide—is paramount. But accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight. It should be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.
Omar added that she felt the resolution should include “earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide.”
“A true acknowledgment of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.”
Omar has said previously that the U.S. was “founded by genocide,” and that “we maintain global power through neocolonialism.”
The House also passed a bill punishing Turkey for its incursion into northern Syria — which began earlier this month — which would slap Turkey with a new round of sanctions and limit U.S. arms sales.
Omar refused to support that bill, saying U.S. sanctions are “ill-considered, inhumane and hurt the very people we claim to be helping.”
“As I recently outlined, accountability for the invasion of northern Syria is essential. Turkey’s incursion and the ensuing fallout is a humanitarian catastrophe—especially for the Kurdish people. But too often our sanctions policies are ill-considered, inhumane and hurt the very people we claim to be helping. That is exactly the case here, where overbroad sanctions on the Turkish economy would hurt civilians rather than political leaders. “
Omar continued to say that the U.S. should pursue policies such as limiting arms sales, despite the bill doing that.
“There are positive policies we could pursue—like banning or limiting weapons sales or creating a buffer zone.”
She added that passing sanctions “that have no chance of being signed into law” is the wrong action to take to punish Turkey.