Islamophobia accusations started almost immediately after U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was expelled from the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this month by a vote of the body. As a result of the congresswoman’s history of antisemitic and pro-Israel statements, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has promised to have her removed.
“It is politically motivated, and in some cases, motivated by the fact that many of these people don’t feel a Muslim refugee, an African, should even be in Congress, let alone have the opportunity to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Omar said on CNN’s State of the Union program.
Several Muslim reform organizations that fight to combat radical Islamism and applauded McCarthy’s choice to remove Omar from the committee would be surprised if the condemnation of Omar is Bigoted.
According to former Georgetown University professor and co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement Asra Q. Nomani, who spoke to JNS, Omar is “a lieutenant in a deadly network of leftists and anti-Israel Muslims that I call the “Woke Army.”
The Northern Virginia-based expert claimed that this army uses “the media, political institutions, the Democratic Party, the law, and shame to suppress critics and do all in their power to realize the annihilation of Israel.” “There is no doubt that Ilhan Omar’s campaign against Israel and the Woke Army are both based on solid antisemitism. Character assassination was utilized to accuse everyone who stood in their path of being anti-Islam.
Physician M. Zuhdi Jasser, who founded the Muslim Reform Movement with Nomani, is also the head of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Rep. Ilhan Omar “has no business at all” serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to Jasser, an American, and a Muslim. Nothing is more pro-Muslim, in my opinion than making sure that prominent Muslims in high-profile positions are openly investigated for their ties to anti-American Islamist movements and the beliefs that underlie them.
Whether it be Omar’s ingrained antisemitism, her shameless obsession with appeasing international Islamists like [Recep Tayyip] Erdoan of Turkey, Imran Khan of Pakistan, the theocrats of Iran, the royals of Qatar, or her unwavering support for the long list of Muslim Brotherhood legacy organizations, according to Jasser. “Omar is associated with anti-American international movements.”
As part of her remarks, Omar, a congresswoman from Minnesota, compared Israel to the terrorist organizations Taliban and Hamas, dubbed Israel an “apartheid state,” and claimed that Jews had “hypnotized the world” and bought legislative power.
Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who defended their colleague and denied claims that Omar is antisemitic, joined Omar on stage. McCarthy withdrew Schiff and Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee, citing concerns for national security (Schiff is Jewish).
Dalia al-Aqidi, an Iraqi-born candidate who tried in vain to replace Omar in 2020, told JNS that she was ecstatic to see that Omar had been removed from the committee. She said, “I’ve been requesting her removal for a long time.
Al-Aqidi is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a columnist for Arab News. He is originally from Iraq and emigrated to the United States in 1993.