Parents are furious after Fairfax County School Board member Abrar Omeish scorched the student body with an incendiary high school commencement speech warning graduates of a world controlled by racism, white supremacy, and greed while promoting jihad.
Omeish is the only Muslim member on the board and reportedly has a history of politicizing Islam at every opportunity. She delivered the keynote address at the beginning of the graduation ceremony for Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia on June 7. The graduating class was admonished that they were stepping into a capitalist world full of racism, white supremacy, and “extreme versions of individualism.”
“Our world is overwhelmed with need. We struggle with human greed, racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, white supremacy, growing wealth gaps, disease, climate crisis, extreme poverty amid luxury, and waste right next door. And the list goes on,” Omeish posited. She went on to make the point that the school is located on land that was stolen from a Native American tribe.
“The world sees the accolade, the diploma, the fruit of all your years yet be reminded of the detail of your struggle,” Omeish remarked in English before switching to Arabic to tell students to remember their “jihad.”
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“You understand that social justice is only political for those that can afford to ignore it,” Omeish told the students. “You understand that ‘neutral’ is another word for complicit. And you have made a choice to take a stand.”
Congrats JUSTICE Class of 2021! @justicehswolves
— Abrar Omeish (@AbrarOmeish) June 7, 2021
The board member was a co-chair for Bernie Sanders’ campaign and she sat on the Democratic National Convention rules committee. Her father was also a “leader and board member of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center,” according to the president of the student government who introduced her, Fox News reported.
That mosque was the one that was attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers in 2001, as well as the 2009 Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, and radical imam Anwar Al-Awlaki.
Her Libya-born father Esam Omeish was forced to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration in 2007 when a video surfaced from the previous year that showed him condemning Israel and advocating “the jihad way.”
On May 13, Omeish tweeted: “Hurts my heart to celebrate while Israel kills Palestinians & desecrates the Holy Land right now. Apartheid & colonization were wrong yesterday and will be today, here and there.”
After that statement, the Fairfax County Republican Committee called on her to resign. She refused.
Eid Mubarak! Congrats on 30 days of worship!
Hurts my heart to celebrate while Israel kills Palestinians & desecrates the Holy Land right now. Apartheid & colonization were wrong yesterday and will be today, here and there. 🌎💞🌍
— Abrar Omeish (@AbrarOmeish) May 13, 2021
In 2019, she spoke at the International Institute for Islamic Thought. The group was co-founded by Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia and was raided in 2002 in connection with an investigation into the financing of terrorism. Her photo is still on their website.
Former Wall Street Journal columnist and parent Asra Nomani spoke out on the speech on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. She is Muslim herself and called the comments “depressing.”
“It was indicative of this radicalization that is happening within school boards and school districts and schools across the country, from principals to teachers to political operatives like [Omeish],” she said.
Nomani claims to know Omeish “very well.”
“She gave that speech but the script was written years ago,” Nomani proclaimed. She contends it’s part of the politicization of Islam across the nation.
“I think it’s important for your viewers to know that Abrar Omeish’s comments here are incendiary comments, are not the first example of divisive and anti-Semitic rhetoric,” Fairfax County parent Gary Aiken also stated on “Fox & Friends First” Tuesday.
He noted that recently Omeish posted “vile anti-Semitic tweets on her social accounts,” that are incidentally linked to her official “nonpartisan Fairfax County school board page.”
“That desecrates the Holy Land and kills Palestinians. And this caused huge outrage among over 250,000 Jewish Americans here in Northern Virginia and it sparked outrage across all political lines and there were calls for her to apologize. She offered no apology. She doubled down on it,” Aiken declared.
The school district is defending Omeish’s comments as freedom of speech and they attempted to distance themselves from her speech by stating that her “personal views … do not reflect the views” of the school board or the district. This is the same high school where a student substituted “Allah” for “God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Aiken thinks that premise is “absurd.” He says that when board members give public speeches at “school functions” they definitely represent the school. He also harshly criticized the board for not proofreading or pre-approving the speech.
Parents and conservatives want Omeish removed due to her anti-Semitic and racist views:
We obviously agree — and we've strenuously called for Omeish to be removed from office if she fails to resign. It's time for Fairfax Dems to do the right thing and follow suit.
— Fairfax GOP (@FairfaxGOP) June 10, 2021
FCPS students petition to fire Abrar Omeish: https://t.co/NgfyZ9bw3P
— Emery Z (@k12andbeyond) June 9, 2021
Substitute any other race for white and it's national news. So much hate!
— Wildcat (@uk8rings) June 11, 2021
Agreed! The only graduation event where the Pledge of Allegiance was changed to “one nation under Allah” was the one that @AbrarOmeish was guest speaker. Wait while I find a shocked face.
— Delilah (@DelilahJones52) June 9, 2021
She was too busy on her phone to speak today. She also couldn’t be bothered to put hand on heart for pledge or National Anthem. I have no words…well I do but can’t say them here.
— macymcgill (@macymcgill96) June 11, 2021
They are too chicken shit to meet in person but will gladly come to speak to over 1000 people at a graduation. So over them all. She is attending my kid’s grad and Lord help us all if she is the speaker!!!
— macymcgill (@macymcgill96) June 10, 2021
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