A member of the Council on Foreign Relations believes Rep. Ilhan Omar should be removed from office
Dr. Qanta Ahmed believes the Minnesota Democrat is shaping up to be anything but an asset to American Muslims, noting that her Islamist and anti-Semitic views are reason enough for Democrats to at least remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“She’s proving to be a tremendous liability to America’s Muslims,” the Muslim scholar and author told “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt on Friday.
“In her remarks, she’s branded every Muslim in America as an anti-Semite, and this is absolutely unacceptable and un-Islamic,” Ahmed said, accusing the freshman lawmaker of “insolence,” and “arrogance” with anti-Semitic views going back over years.
“Eject her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee immediately,” she added, arguing that Democrats have “no justification” for keeping her there. “Anything she’s proposing is now going to be interpreted through the lens of anti-Semitism.”
Ahmed indicated that she is especially alarmed at Omar’s affiliation with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement which seeks the eradication of Israel. She noted that there is a new wave of anti-Semitism which has “infected” Islam, a view that is “antithetical to Islamic belief.”
Where does Islamist antisemitism come from? Distinguishing #Islam and it’s central tenet of pluralism including reverence of #Judaism from #Islamism which holds cosmic enmity with Jewry. islamophobia must not be used to shelter #Islamism @IlhanMN @foxandfriends @ainsleyearhardt pic.twitter.com/xV2H6sXYCk
— Qanta Ahmed (@MissDiagnosis) February 16, 2019
The far-left congresswoman came under fire last week by leaders of her own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after commenting about a pro-Israel lobby’s influence on U.S. politics. Omar tweeted that AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was paying members of Congress to support Israel.
Omar issued an apology of sorts, only to retweet a thread from a Democratic activist just a few hours later who supported her earlier claims that sparked the controversy. President Trump called for Omar’s resignation or that she at least be removed from serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her disrespectful behavior in a fiery clash with President Trump’s Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, during a House hearing even earned her praise from controversial far-left leaders.
Ahmed slammed Omar’s apologies as “hollow,” saying “there’s no justification, ever, for anti-Semitic speech,” which she classified as “hate speech” and “genocidal speech.”
She explained that the views are not in line with true Islam and are now “rife” among Muslims “without critical thinking.”
For Muslims in America, we are faced with the realization that Muslim anti-Semites claim to speak for our Islamic faith and our Muslim identity. They invite hostility to our own communities, and more misunderstanding of Islam within America. @MissDiagnosis https://t.co/8tGY8SUfTY
— Wendy R. Acho (@Acho_Wendy) February 15, 2019
She concluded by pointing out a misconception especially among Democrats that criticizing someone like Omar and calling out comments or views that are hateful is not a form of Islamophobia.
“So to all the viewers and listener, criticizing the endorsement of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-Zionist speech by a Muslim is not Islamophobia,” Ahmed said. “That is a false construct that just prefers Islamism and denies us to look at the truth.”
In a powerful op-ed published by The Daily Caller, Ahmed clearly defined the dangerous problems Omar and her colleague, Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, bring with their radical views.
“America’s Muslims must distinguish themselves from these patently anti-Semitic views,” she wrote. “If we fail to distance ourselves from these sentiments, we Muslims in the Diaspora will invite animus from our host communities and be personally responsible for the debasement of our own faith by our own hand.”
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