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Report: Omar to Participate in Fundraiser for Terror-Tied Organization

Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is expected to participate in a fundraiser for an Islamic organization deemed by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding trial.

Omar is the keynote speaker for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 4th Annual Valley Banquet to empower Muslims on March 23.

The Daily Caller writes:

CAIR is a notable pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups. The U.S. Department of Justice listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in funding millions of dollars to the terrorist organization Hamas. Additionally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) named CAIR a terrorist organization along with al-Qaeda and ISIS in 2014.

Last week, Omar was embroiled in scandal after she accused Jewish advocacy group AIPAC of paying off politicians.

The freshman lawmaker responded to a tweet about Congress and its support for Israel, writing, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

She then responded “AIPAC!” when one individual on Twitter asked who she thought paid American politicians to be pro-Israel.

Omar eventually apologized for her anti-Semitic tweets after top Democrats–including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD)–urged her to do so and condemned her comments.

On Twitter, Omar released the following statement:

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize. At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the [National Rifle Association] or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

House Democrats said,“…Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

Last month, in a Yahoo! News interview, the congresswoman said she “almost chuckles” when she hears Israel called a democracy, and compared the Jewish nation to Iran.

When asked how the U.S. could facilitate peace talks between Israel and Iran, Omar replied, “Most of the things that have been aggravating to me is that we have had a policy that makes one superior to the other. And we mask it with a conversation about justice and a two-state solution. When you have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other.”

When asked to explain in detail what she meant, Omar went on to criticize Israel.

“I mean just our relationship with the Israeli government and the Israeli state. And so when I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it,” she said.

She continued, “And we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out. We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions.”

UPDATE: Omar Apologizes After Top Dems Condemn her Anti-Semitic Comments

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized for her recent anti-Semitic tweets after top Democrats–including Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD)–urged her to do so and condemned her comments.

On Twitter, Omar released the following statement:

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize. At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the [National Rifle Association] or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

Earlier today, House Democrats released a rare joint statement in which they called upon Omar to apologize for her “deeply offensive” remarks.

“…Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

Yesterday, Omar suggested that American political support for Israel is all about money.

The lawmaker responded to a tweet about lawmakers and their defense of Israel, writing, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

She then suggested that the advocacy group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) bought off politicians.

The congresswoman responded “AIPAC!” when one individual on Twitter asked who she thought paid American politicians to be pro-Israel.

The American Jewish Committee demanded Omar apologize for her “stunningly anti-Semitic” statements, writing on Twitter, “@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are. Apologize.”

Rep. Omar: Politician’s Support for Israel is “All About the Benjamins”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggested yesterday that American political support for Israel is all about money.

The freshman lawmaker responded to a tweet about Congress and Israel, writing, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

She then suggested that the advocacy group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) bought off politicians.

The congresswoman responded “AIPAC!” when one individual on Twitter asked who she thought paid American politicians to be pro-Israel.

The American Jewish Committee demanded Omar apologize for her “stunningly anti-Semitic” statements, writing on Twitter, “@IlhanMN, Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. American politicians are pro-Israel because Americans are. Apologize.”

This is hardly Omar’s first run-in with anti-Semitic comments.

Last month, in a Yahoo! News interview, the congresswoman said she “almost chuckles” when she hears Israel called a democracy, and compared the Jewish nation to Iran.

When asked how the U.S. could facilitate peace talks between Israel and Iran, Omar replied, “Most of the things that have been aggravating to me is that we have had a policy that makes one superior to the other. And we mask it with a conversation about justice and a two-state solution. When you have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other.”

When asked to explain in detail what she meant, Omar went on to criticize Israel.

“I mean just our relationship with the Israeli government and the Israeli state. And so when I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it,” she said.

She continued, “And we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out. We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions.”

Watch: Rep. Omar Avoids Apologizing for Smearing Covington Students

Freshman Rep. Omar Ilhan (D-MN) avoided answering a reporter when asked if she owed the Covington Catholic High School boys an apology after lying about them and implying they were racist in a now-deleted tweet.

“You did accuse them of racism. Do you owe them an apology for that? Were they racist?,” asked reporter, Jason Calvi.

Omar did not acknowledge the questions and instead walked away.

Prior to those questions, Omar did convey a message she had for the Covington boys.

“The message I have for them is that in life there are often consequences on the way that you behave,” Omar said.

“Um, I, I feel sorry the way that some of them have gotten blame and hurt, um, but I also recognize that, uh, in, in the way that the video appeared that there was a native elder who was, um, intervening and, uh, and really showing care for what it looked like to mediate a difficult situation and I wanted to hold him, um, in, in space in my heart, and, and to have a conversation about what hate, division in this country looks like that is often perpetuated by uh, the, uh, inhabitor of the White House,” she continued.

Omar originally tweeted about the students, “The boys were protesting a woman’s right to choose & yelled ‘it’s not rape if you enjoy it. They were taunting 5 Black men before they surrounded Phillips and led racist chants. Sandmann’s family hired a right wing PR firm to write his non-apology.”

She has since deleted her tweet, but offered no explanation or apology for misrepresenting the students.

In a possible first step towards a libel lawsuit, Omar–along with dozens of other celebrities and media companies–was sent a letter by lawyers representing Covington student Nick Sandmann.

The mainstream media’s original narrative about the Covington kids was that the students–who were in Washington D.C. last month for the March for Life–were disrespectful to Native American protester, Nathan Phillips. However, it turns out that a longer version of the video proves that the students were taunted by protesters–most likely–for wearing pro-Trump MAGA hats. The extended version of the video also shows Phillips approaching the students.

Video also shows the students were harassed by a group of “Black Hebrew Israelites” who called the children products of incest, “peckerwoods” and “dusty ass crackers,” among other names.

Many students have reported receiving death threats after the incident and Covington Catholic school authorities were forced to cancel classes due to safety concerns.

Ilhan Omar Once Blamed “Our Involvement in Other People’s Affairs” for Terrorism

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once blamed “our involvement in other people’s affairs” for terrorism.

In 2013, Omar appeared as a guest on the Twin Cities PBS show “Belahdan,” shortly after the al-Shabab terror attack at a mall in Kenya in which nearly 70 people were killed and 200 wounded.

The PBS host asked Omar, “When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation.”

“Yes,” Omar agreed. “What you’re insinuating is what nobody wants to face. Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of the radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”

She continued, “Usually most people want to not look internal and see what their actions that makes another react. For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar “Chuckles” When Israel is Called a Democracy, Compares Nation to Iran

Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said she “almost chuckles” when Israel is called a democracy and compared the Jewish nation to Iran in a recent interview, Fox News reports.

Speaking with Yahoo! News, Omar was asked how the U.S. could facilitate peace talks between Israel and Iran.

Omar replied, “Most of the things that have been aggravating to me is that we have had a policy that makes one superior to the other. And we mask it with a conversation about justice and a two-state solution. When you have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other.”

When asked to explain in detail what she meant, Omar went on to criticize Israel.

“I mean just our relationship with the Israeli government and the Israeli state. And so when I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it,” she said.

She continued, “And we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out. We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions.”

This isn’t Omar’s first controversy regarding statements she made about Israel. She recently had to apologize for a 2012 tweet in which she said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine#Israel.”

In 2015 as a state representative, Omar sent a letter to a judge urging him for be lenient in punishing 9 men who attempted to join ISIS.

“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote. “We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.”

“Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to-be 50- or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion,” the letter continued.

She added, “Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment.

Leftist Rep. Ilhan Omar Deletes “Libelous” Tweet About Covington Boys After Lawsuit Threat

Leftist Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D- MN) deleted a defamatory tweet about the students from Covington Catholic High School after their attorney threatened to sue her for libel.

On Tuesday, Omar tweeted that the Covington students made insensitive comments about rape and were “taunting” the “Black Hebrew Israelites” who were actually harassing the students.

Omar–as PJ Media points out–was wrong about everything she tweeted except for the fact that student Nicholas Sandmann’s family did indeed hire a PR firm to help him combat the hostile media reporting about him and his fellow students.

Robert Barnes, who is now representing the Covington families pro bono quickly pounced on Omar’s tweet, responding, “This is libel. Retract, or get sued.”

Soon after Barnes’ tweet, Omar deleted her comments without an apology or explanation.

PJ Media writes:

The Covington kids had just participated in the March for Life, not a “protest of a woman’s right to choose.” While a short video taken of a group of teens shows a confrontation with protesters where a boy makes a joke about rape, the kid reportedly doesn’t even attend Covington Catholic High School.

The Covington boys were not taunting the black separatists, they were trying to drown out the black separatists’ racist taunts with school cheers. They didn’t surround Phillips — he walked into their midst, loudly beating a drum and chanting. And they did not respond with any “racist chants.”

Phillips went on to misrepresent everything that happened to the media, which dutifully ran with his false claims without bothering to verify them.

Women’s March Losing Support from Democrats in Light of Anti-Semitism Controversy

The infamous Women’s March group–yes the one where Madonna said she “dreamed” of blowing up the White House–is losing support after its leaders have refused to denounce anti-Semitism.

Groups like EMILY’s List, the National Council of Jewish Women and high-profile Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) are distancing themselves from the march.

Fox News reports:

At the center of the controversy are leaders’ ties to and statements about radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Both Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist who has embraced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and co-President Tamika Mallory have ties to Farrakhan. The controversy picked up after Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech last February.

“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” Farrakhan said in that sermon.

Sarsour, in particular, has made a number of controversial statements related to Israel. She defended Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., when she was attacked for her support of BDS and said that the criticism was coming from the right-wing as well as “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”

In a USA Today op-ed, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said she could not support the Women’s March because of its leaders refusal to “repudiate anti-Semitism.”

“While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.”

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