ILHAN OMAR



THREE PARTS TO THE STORY

Ilhan Abdullahi Omar is a Somali-American politician serving as the US Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs. Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party line.

In 2018 she was elected to the US House of Representatives, marking a number of historic electoral firsts: she is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, the first non-white woman from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) to serve in Congress.

Omar is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has advocated:

  •  For a living wage
  •  Affordable housing and healthcare
  •  Student-loan debt forgiveness
  •  The protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  •  Abolishing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  •  She has strongly opposed the immigration policies of the T-RUMP administration, including the T-RUMP travel ban. 
  •  She has been the subject of several conspiracy theories, death threats, and other harassment by political opponents.
  •  A frequent critic of Israel, Omar has denounced its settlement policy and military campaigns in the occupied Palestinian territories.
  •  The influence of pro-Israel lobbies such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  

In early 2019 Omar was criticized by a number of Democrats, Republicans and Jewish civil rights groups for comments about American support for Israel that they said drew on anti-Semitic tropes. Omar apologized for some of the remarks.  T-RUMP tweeted and tweeted against her with his usual fervor of the stupid, illiterate and obscene thoughts he is so well known for.  He truly has no competition when it comes to acting like a real pr*ck.


DANGEROUS RHETORIC

Wherever U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar goes, layers of security follow. The freshman congresswoman’s visit to Washington state on Saturday the 25th was no exception.

At Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, where Omar spoke Saturday night at a sold-out fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), police from various departments — Bellevue, King County, Bothell, Redmond, Mercer Island and the Washington State Patrol — stationed themselves inside the building, where some operated metal detectors. They were outside the building as well, guarding both the entrance to the building and various corners of the Seattle suburb’s downtown area.

Officers had spent two weeks preparing for the CAIR-sponsored event attended by approximately 700 people, said Bellevue Police Department spokesperson Meeghan Black. She said officers brainstormed about every possible scenario, including an attempt on Omar’s life.
Police set out to protect the “safety of our residents and to make sure their rights are protected at the same time,” Black said, while noting that a 2017 appearance in Bellevue by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also attracted a large number of protesters.

Sarah Stuteville, CAIR-Washington’s media spokesperson, said she had never before been part of such intricate security planning.  The abundance of preparation can be attributed partly to the controversy created by an appearance by Omar at a CAIR-sponsored event in Los Angeles.

MORE T-RUMP

At that event, held in March, Omar spoke about how many Muslims had been mistreated following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. After a video of the remarks surfaced, President  Donald T-RUMP shared an edited version of her comments on Twitter, seeming to imply that Omar had downplayed 9/11 by focusing on how she referred to those responsible for the New York City attacks: “Some people did something.”

We forget sometimes all the lies Donald T-RUMP said during his campaign against Muslins.  The fake cheering in Jersey and so forth.  It was all part of his “ Hate America Program Promulgated by YUTZes”  or H.A.P.P.Y.  A Yutz is Yiddish for some one so stupid, if they didn’t have part of their brain telling them to breath, they would die. Whereas a Putz is simply a dumbass who talks and says nothing, like T-RUMP.

Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, also has been criticized for a tweet in which she attempted to explain why some politicians defend Israel: “  It’s all about the Benjamin's baby,"   Omar tweeted several months ago, referring to $100 bills. Some, including members of her party, were offended by her tweets and argued she had played into stereotypes about Jews, money and political power. The congresswoman later apologized.

But the truth is Netanyahu is no angel and some say he is as corrupt an individual like T-RUMP and is under investigation by his own government but wins elections because he is not afraid to defend Israel.  I support him as a fighter to fighter because I am Jewish and Israel is my second home, but don’t care for him as we will never see peace in the middle East till the Biblical theories and the onslaught of Armageddon. If they can’t get along for 2000 years what will happen so that they will?


Omar’s defenders argue the freshman lawmaker is unfairly scrutinized simply because she is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. At the very least, her defenders say, the criticism Omar has faced could discourage other Muslims and women of color from running for office. 

At worst, they fear her critics could put the life of Omar, and others like her, at risk. Omar, 37, a Somali refugee whose family received asylum in the United States when she was a teenager, has reportedly received hundreds of death threats.

In Bellevue, outside of Meydenbauer Center, both sides of the controversy that has followed Omar gathered on the pavement, with dozens facing each other and hurling angry accusations. The two groups were separated by approximately 30 police officers using their bikes as barricades to block any kind of physical contact.


T-RUMP SCUMBAGS MAKE AN APPEARENCE

On one side, signs read: “We stand with our Muslim neighbors” and “Solidarity with Ilhan Omar.” On the other side was an assorted crew of critics organized by a group that calls itself Patriots of Washington. They included presidential supporters who sported “Make America Great Again” and “Trump 2020” hats and about a half-dozen Proud Boys, dressed in black polo shirts with gold trim. Proud Boys espouse what they refer to as an “anti-political correctness, anti-racial guilt” agenda in “an age of globalism and multiculturalism.” 

Both sides included members of the Jewish community.  Careful where you stand, you might get tagged as a racist.  

Adrienne Weller, 78, said that, as a Jew, her identity was wrapped up in fighting for the underdog, including Palestinians and politicians like Omar. Pointing out that the lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee spends money on politicians to support Israel isn’t “anti-Semitic. That’s just fact,” Weller said.  

“She’s been dehumanized for telling it like it is about US foreign policy,” added Steven Hoffman. “You’re not anti-Semitic just because you criticize the state of Israel.” ED: It might just be the truth.


SO MANY SIDES TO HATRED, LIKE A VIRUS

IT CAN BE ANYWHERE FOR ANY REASON

•   On the other side, a Black, Christian veteran, who would identify himself only as Kareem P., said he had traveled from Oregon for the event because he had found Omar’s comments about 9/11 disrespectful.  “Obviously I’m not a white supremacist,” he said, noting that the only point he wanted to make was that he is against Sharia, or Islamic law. When asked whether he believed Omar was advocating for Sharia law, he simply said, “Not necessarily.”

•   A mild-mannered Catholic woman from Tacoma said she was there because she thought Jews needed support. “We need to stand up for them,” she said, while adding that her support for the Jewish community didn’t mean she was anti-Muslim.  

•    Some protesters, such as Carolyn Strong, a website developer from Seattle, said they were there because they were “patriots” defending “American power.”

•   Inside, Omar and other speakers hit on many of the same themes touched on by the counter protesters, including American political power and standing up for religious minorities.  

•   The emcee, Dr. Anisa Ibrahim, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, said women like Omar “should be seen as powerful figures for all Americans.”

•   Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, a Muslim politician from Pennsylvania, gave a well-received speech, ending with words of support for various religious groups.

•   “If Muslims aren’t protected, Jews aren’t protected. Christians aren’t protected,” she said. “You’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.”


HER RESPONCE TO TRUMP

Rep. Ilhan Omar, in her first extensive remarks since President Donald T-RUMP publicly criticized her comments about 9/11, condemned the President's "vile attacks" and "demented views." 

"We are collectively saying your vile attacks, your demented views are not welcome here," the Minnesota Democrat said Tuesday at a rally outside the US Capitol. "This is not going to be the country of the xenophobics. This is not going to be the country of the white people. This is not going to be the country of the few. This is going to be the country of the many."

Omar's remarks came on her first day back on Capitol Hill after a two-week recess. While lawmakers were out of town, Trump tweeted a video on April 12 using 9/11 imagery attacking her comments about the September 11 terrorist attacks and she has since said she's had an uptick in death threats.

"When this occupant of the White House chooses to attack me, we know -- we know -- that that attack isn't for Ilhan," Omar said. "That attack is the continuation of the attacks that he has leveled against women, against people of color, against immigrants, against refugees and certainly against Muslims."

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on Omar’s criticism Tuesday and has not immediately received a response.  Omar also brought up the California synagogue shooting from over the weekend and the discussion on anti-Semitism that has followed.

"At this moment, the occupant of the White House ... and his allies are doing everything that they can to distance themselves and misinform the public from the monsters that they created that is terrorizing the Jewish community and the Muslim community," Omar said. "Because when we are talking about anti-Semitism we must also talk about Islamophobia. It is two sides to the same coin of bigotry."

She added, "Just this week, when we've had the attack in California on a synagogue, it is the same person who is accused of attempting to bomb a mosque. So I can't ever speak of Islamophobia and fight for Muslims if I am not willing to fight against anti-Semitism. We collectively need to make sure that we are dismantling all systems of oppression."

Tuesday’s event outside the Capitol was essentially a pep rally meant to show support for Omar, organized by the movement for Black Lives Matter, with big signs saying,  “  Black Women in Defense of Ilhan Omar” hanging behind the stage and speakers including activist Angela Davis.  At times, Omar appeared emotional with tears in her eyes.

"This isn't a pity party of Ilhan," she said. "This is about a show of strength. This is a show of strength.”  “This is for us to say, this is for us to say that if you come after one of us, you come after all of us," said Omar, who arrived to the US as a refugee and is the first Somali American member of Congress.  “If I survived militia's I certainly can survive these people," she said after gesturing to the Capitol.

Omar was joined Tuesday by fellow progressive freshmen Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

"I can't even believe that we're in a debate about whether or not to impeach when the occupant, the man in the highest office in the land, emboldens white supremacy and endangers the lives of a member of Congress," said Pressley, who has signed on to a resolution backing impeachment headed by Tlaib.

"I say hands off," Tlaib said. "Hands off of the women of color that serve in the United States Congress. Not only do we look differently but we serve and we fight differently. But it also means that we talk differently. It’s also that we are allowed to be angry in this country."

One reply as above shows she has more class and honesty than the schmuck ( another Jewish word ) in the WhiteHouse.


06-07-2019 aljacobsladder.com