Rep. Ilhan Omar dismissed hundreds of pro-Israel demonstrators and their concerns as they gathered outside an event where she spoke to a Muslim organization with ties to terrorist groups.
The Minnesota Democrat mocked the “very fascinating” protesters who rallied outside of a fundraising event for the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, California over the weekend, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
“There are very fascinating people outside who for so many years, have spoken about an Islam that is oppressive. An Islam that lessens and isolates its women,” Omar told the audience.
“But today, they gather outside to protest a Muslim woman who is in Congress,” she added. “I don’t think any of them realize that people like myself and many of the people in this room could care less about what they have to say.”
Pro #American / pro U.S.-#Israel rally against @IlhanMN and #CAIR taking place in Los Angeles where #IlhanOmar is fundraising for the American Muslim Brotherhood organization known as the Council of American Islamic Relationship (CAIR) pic.twitter.com/ldINUjfHD5
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) March 23, 2019
“Outside the hotel ahead of the event were at least 1,000 people protesting, creating a sea of American and Israeli flags along Canoga Avenue and picket signs with messages the likes of [which stated] ‘Your hate makes us stronger,'” according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
According to Adam Kredo in a report for The Washington Free Beacon last week, Omar has been giving speeches to mostly Muslim audiences in secret fundraising events. Besides the weekend event in California hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, the Muslim lawmaker spoke at a private event in Florida recently hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity group that reportedly has ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel.
Rep. Ilhan Omar has been holding closed-door fundraisers with terror-linked Islamic groups https://t.co/jfgS9fAmMB
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 23, 2019
Earlier this month, in response to the outcry against Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric, Democrats passed a vague anti-hate resolution that ultimately “meant absolutely nothing” as it barely mentioned anti-Semitism and didn’t even mention Omar by name.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, noted that it is not criticism that is the problem, it is the way Omar is leveling her remarks that makes them anti-Semitic. He called out the freshman congresswoman’s comments as “unacceptable” in an interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“We need to renounce anti-Semitism, isolate and remove those leaders who promote anti-Semitism,” he told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth.
Several Democrats, many of them running for president in 2020, opted out of appearing at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington where Omar was not referred to specifically, but was certainly on the minds of many attendees, Fox News reported.
“There’s a rather cynical attempt right now to portray some kind of drift that I don’t see and I don’t experience,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the conference, countering the anti-Israel narrative, the The New York Post reported.
“Again the vast majority of Democrats and the vast majority of progressives believe in the state of Israel and believe the United States of America needs to defend the state of Israel,” he added. “Period, period.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand along with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, were among the 2020 contenders who announced they would not be attending the conference.
“By the way, there are 62 new Democratic freshmen in the House, not three,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said at the conference on Sunday, obviously referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Omar.
“Support for Israel should never be a partisan issue or be perceived as a partisan issue,” the Maryland Democrat added. “Yes, we stand with Israel because we stand for America’s security. Yes, we stand with Israel because we stand for freedom. Yes, we stand with Israel because we reject bigotry and prejudice.”
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