Despite issuing her non-apology at the request of House Democratic leaders for her anti-Semitic tweets, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is scheduled to share the stage with Islamic Relief USA official Yousef Abdullah. In his role as the charity’s operations manager, Abdullah acts as their ambassador and often appears at “peace-building” events across the country. However, he is well-known for his extreme anti-Semitic rhetoric, his support of terror and his private social media posts which reveal an intense, violent hatred of Jews.
Islamic Watch’s Sam Westrop reports that Abdullah was widely criticized in 2017 by the Middle Eastern Forum for his posts and cites several examples.
He shared a “very beautiful” modernized version of a Palestinian folk story about a ‘resistance hero’ named Zharif al-Tawl, who took revenge against Jewish “gangs” – which had purportedly attacked a Palestinian village – by providing guns to “kill more than 20 jews” and “fire rockets at Tel Aviv.”
Other posts referred to Jews as “stinking,” and claim “the Jews put the outside wall of Al Aqsa [the mosque in Jerusalem] on fire.” Abdallah also ‘liked’ a comment on his Facebook post that calls on God to wreak “revenge on the damned rapists Zionists. O God they are no challenge for you . Shake the Earth beneath their feet and destroy them as you destroyed the peoples of ʿĀd, Thamud and Lot.”
And in 2014, after Republican politician Chris Christie apologized for referring to the West Bank and Gaza as “occupied,” Abdallah wrote: “Christie kneels down on his knees before the jewish lords and says ‘I am sorry’. Only money makes stuff like this happen. Mr. Christie…Muslims should remember this very well.”
According to Westrop, Islamic Relief defended “Abdullah and claimed that his posts had been mistranslated. However, the charity refused to provide alternative translations, and refused to comment on the fact that some of the anti-Semitism was expressed plainly in English.”
Islamic Relief USA has been exposed as a terrorist organization by governments around the world and many have taken action against it.
Over the last few years: the United Arab Emirates designated its headquarters as a terrorist organization; UBS and HSBC shut down its bank accounts; the Bangladeshi government banned it from working directly with Rohingya refugees over reported fears about radicalization; Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors opened an investigation into Islamic Relief Germany’s use of taxpayer funds; a Swedish government report named it as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood; the U.K. Charity Commission started investigating its involvement with an extremist preacher who advocated the death penalty for homosexuals; the Tunisian government is reported to have investigated allegations that Islamic Relief was funding jihadists on the Libyan border; and Members of the U.S. Congress have launched an inquiry into a reported FBI and IRS investigation of Islamic Relief’s activities.
This is far from the first time Omar has displayed her anti-Semitic sentiments. Following the mid-term elections, and in a complete reversal of campaign trail denials, Omar admitted her support for BDS, the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Over and over again, her intolerance for the Jewish people rears its ugly head.
If a US politician were to make similar comments about Islam and appeared frequently at anti-Islamic organization functions, immediate calls for their resignation would ensue.
One of my favorite quotes from Aesop is: ‘A man is known by the company he keeps.’ Rep. Ilhan Omar tells us everyday who she is by the company she keeps.
**Early Monday, I wrote about the Omar tweet that triggered this recent round of media scrutiny here. Following calls from several Democratic House leaders for her to apologize, I wrote about her non-apology here.