Not long before she was elected as Minnesota’s U.S. Representative, Ilhan Omar was talking about “dismantling patriarchy” following a foreign trip with anti-American activists.
The Democrat was part of a trip to Honduras in 2017 which was organized by the radical leftist group, Witness for Peace, and spoke about her experience that December at an event where she praised their efforts at “dismantling patriarchy” in the Latin American country and promised to “continue their fight on American soil,” according to a report by The Washington Free Beacon.
In March 2018, Omar introduced a bill to end U.S. military aid to Honduras while she was serving in the Minnesota state House.
“I went as part of a Witness for Peace Midwest delegation, I helped lead an all-female delegation to Honduras,” she said at a press conference at the time, discussing the legislation which echoed a position held by the leftist group Code Pink.
Omar also referred to the 2017 Honduran election of Juan Orlando Hernández as “illegal,” despite support for him from the Trump administration which acknowledged his alliance with the U.S. in the denouncement of an anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations condemning the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Omar has been called out on several occasions for spewing anti-Semitic remarks, and recently came under fire by leaders of her own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after commenting about a pro-Israel lobby’s influence on U.S. politics. President Trump called for Omar’s resignation or that she at least be removed from serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, joined the other voices on the left practically applauding Omar’s incendiary comments and actions after her fiery clash with President Trump’s Venezuela envoy, Elliott Abrams, during a House hearing, referring to the Jewish-American diplomat as a “Zionist war criminal.”
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The far-left congresswoman praised the activists and discussed “intersectional feminism” during the Witness for Peace event in 2017.
Several of the group’s board members have expressed anti-Israel views such as accusing the nation of imposing “institutionalized racism that equates to modern day apartheid.” One member was touted as a “Gaza donor” supportive of sanctions against Israel.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Witness for Peace supported Manuel Zelaya, the leftist president of Honduras who was an ally of socialist Hugo Chávez. Zelaya was ousted by a military coup after he tried to change the country’s constitution and remove term limits on his presidency. Before he was removed, many in Honduras feared Zelaya wanted to “introduce Mr. Chávez’s brand of socialist populism” into the country.
Witness for Peace has denounced attempts to roll back Zelaya’s liberal policies, including raising the minimum wage, and attempts to “privatize public resources such as rivers for dam projects.” The group accused the Honduran “business elite” of instigating the military coup and being “intimately tied to U.S. and transnational corporate interests.”
The group reportedly is participating in efforts to end U.S. aid to Honduras, working with “black and indigenous organizations, journalists, feminist organizations, labor unions, lawyers, and community organizers.”
“I was intrigued by the idea of practicing my intersectional feminism in that kind of way, and learning about the human rights struggle, the struggle for the human rights that’s happening in Honduras,” Omar said at the 2017 event, of which a video was posted to Facebook. “What I didn’t prepare for, and what I got when I was there was just to see the brilliance, the creativity, the resilience, and the tenacity, and the sassiness of these women so fearlessly and boldly led the groups that were in the forefront of the social movement and the movement to guarantee human rights in Honduras.”
“I was proud,” she said speaking of a meeting she had had with a Honduras journalist named Melissa.
“I know all of you would have been proud. And, and I remember coming back to the hotel, you know, just, I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t—because they [the U.S. embassy] didn’t seem to get it,” Omar said. “And we talked about what misogyny meant to her and the work that they’re doing and how they’re going about creatively in dismantling patriarchy and the kind of challenges that they face about race, about identity, about country, patriotism.”
The sentiments are not new for Omar who has spoken and comments about them before on her Twitter account where she describes herself as an “Intersectional Feminist.”
We need to have conversations about race and class, and we need to understand the linkage between those things to dismantle ideas of patriarchy, misogyny, racism and capitalism, and what autonomy and self-determination needs to look like for women. https://t.co/5vzY2pcW6p
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 15, 2017
“And so, for me, I am forever changed by that because I know that here, we had made a promise to them that we will continue their fight on American soil,” Omar said at the Witness for Peace event. “And, and we will assure [sic] and make sure that they continue to have joy in knowing that there are other people fighting alongside them, for them, and with them.”
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