Where Was the Outrage, When Ilhan Omar Was Under
Zionist Attack, for Criticizing Apartheid Israel?
March 13, 2019
Ilhan Omar taking the oath, as the first Muslim woman, whith a
hijab, in the House of Representatives, 2019
Ilhan Omar in ten-minute interview in the Daily Show
I stand with Ilhan Omar
I stand in
solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar. Ever since she was elected to
US Congress, Israel in its lobby in the US had a total meltdown. At
first, they asked her to tone down her criticism for which she refused
and then they conflated the charges of anti-Semitism, which are flat
lies. Why you may ask? Because it is silly to argue that criticism of
Israel is an attack on Jews. As soon as she challenged the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) influence over US lawmakers and
criticized Israel's cruel and mistreatment of Palestinians, everyone in
Washington went ballistic. That includes the White House and both Houses
of Congress, not to mention AIPAC.
Rep. Omar is a courageous
woman who survived the Somali civil war. She is the youngest of seven
children who also lost her mother when she was two years old. She was
then cared for by her father and grandmother before coming to America in
1995. I guess Congresswoman Omar can take few punches on the stomach but
she will not hold her tongue.
Suddenly, the US Congress passed
a resolution yesterday following Rep. Omar's remarks? After a
national outrage about the bias resolution, Congress modified it by
symbolically adding hate crime against blacks and Muslims to the
original version. No matter how you look at it, the resolution is an
assault on freedom of speech as it sends a message to Americans who dare
to criticize Israel or AIPAC to either "Shut up or we don't want you
Americans are being asked to surrender their rights to
free speech for the sake of Israel. Don't believe it? Look no further
than who initially pushed for that resolution: It was the
Anti-Defamation League and some Jewish members of Congress who were not
happy with Rep. Omar's comments. She was then forced to apologize for
exercising her right to free speech and was told that she would be
removed from the powerful House's Foreign Affairs Committee if she
ruffles "Someone's" feathers.
It is a sad day for Americans when
every politician ganged up against this patriotic Muslim lawmaker. The
savage attack she has to endure reminds me of the movie The Lion King
when a clan of hungry hyenas encircled cub Simba and wanted to make a
cub sandwich out of him.
Where is the outrage when Ilhan
Omar was under attack?
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is under attack again. During the Friday (March
1, 2019) West Virginia Republican Day in W.V. State House in Charleston,
there was an anti-Muslim poster of Representative Omar equating her to
al-CIAda behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11. That display of hatred
and fearmongering of showing a Muslim-US lawmaker as a terrorist has led
to a confrontation between Republican and Democratic lawmakers. On the
same day, Sergeant-at-arms Anne Lieberman, the chamber's principal law
enforcement official, resigned after being accused of saying, "All
Muslims are terrorists," when challenged about the display.
poster featured a picture of planes flying into the World Trade Center
with the phrase "Never forget, you said" and then under it, a picture of
Rep Omar with the words, "I am proof of you have forgotten," showed Rep.
Omar and the burning Twin Tower in New York alongside the words, " Never
Forget- You said. I am the proof - You have forgotten."
The day after Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter said the display
was not affiliated with the party in any way adding, "The West Virginian
Republican Party does not condone or support hate speech. Hmm! Does that
apply to Muslim hate or say Islamophobia also! Apparently, no. The ugly
truth, Rep. Omar has been under attack even before she was elected. The
reasons, you may ask? The answer is 1) she supports BDS, 2) she
challenged AIPAC, 3) she is a Muslim woman, and 4) she wears a hijab.
Last month, the world came to a halt after Congresswoman tweeted
that AIPAC the pro-Israeli lobby had bought off some member of Congress.
Rep. Omar was attacked by both Republicans and Democrats alike and was
forced to apologize. Now, this Somali-American Congresswoman who made
history is the victim of slander and smear campaign by the Republican
party. Where is the outrage? CNN's Breaking News did not pick up the
story and Fox News whose logo "Fair and Balance" did not bother to cover
it either. I suggest a new logo for Fox New: Fake and Bias.
Chelsea Clinton was quick to rebuke Ilhan Omar last month and told the
Congresswoman what she can and can not say! Where is Miss Chelsea when
you need her? I guess she went back to her shell. It is ironic that US
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who threatened last month to take
action against Rep. Omar, is suddenly shy and has less confidence to
defend his fellow lawmaker.
Let us not forget the
self-proclaimed good Christian VP Mike Pence who tweeted about Omar last
February 12, "@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was
inadequate. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,
much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in
anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced but should face
consequences for their words." I take it that VP Pense is awaiting
permission from his wife to speak in Omar's defense! Last but not least,
since 48 hours have passed since the incident, Trump, who shamefully
called for Omar's resignation for exercising her constitutional right,
has not made a peep.
Mahmoud El-Yousseph is a Freelance
Palestinian writer and retired USA veteran.