Ilhan Omar joked about radical Islam, blamed America for terrorism in 2013 interview

In addition to being a virulent anti-Semite, Democratic lawmaker Ilhan Omar is also an apoligist for radical Islam.

When she was just an activist and not a lawmaker with power over foreign policy, Omar made light of Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and al-Shabbab in a resurfaced 2013 interview in which she blamed American intervention in other countries for terrorism. 

Rep. Omar joked about Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah

Omar made the comments in an interview on local television in the wake of an al-Shabbab attack on a shopping mall in Kenya that killed almost 70 people. The attack brought attention to Minneapolis’ Somali American community, which has been described as the terrorism recruitment capital of the United States. 

In the interview, Omar, then an activist, discussed the impact of the attack on the community and in one part of the interview, joked with Bel Ahdan host Ahmed Tharwat about how Westerners use the Arab names of terror groups like Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, adding that the Western media sensationalizes the terms in a misleading way. “They don’t mean anything evil,” Omar said. “That is I think a product of the sensationalized media. You have these soundbites, and you have these words, and everybody says it with such intensity and so it must mean, it must hold, a bigger meaning.”

Omar laughed as she recalled taking a class on terrorism in college and mocked the way a professor would say, “Al-Qaeda” and “Hezbollah” with a serious tone that suggested there was something strange about the terms. Omar went on to equivocate between the names ‘al-Qaeda’ and ‘America’: “You don’t say America with an intensity, you don’t say England with an intensity.”

Glib on Islamic terrorism

Throughout the interview, Omar and Tharwat made light of Islamic terrorism and compared it with violence perpetrated by America and other Western nations. Omar complained that Somali American Muslims in her community were “under a microscope” and that they were asked to condemn the al-Shabbab attack, calling it an instance of “blowing it out of proportion,” and complained that all Muslims are blamed for terror attacks perpetrated by Muslims instead of just the individual terrorist.

According to Fox News, Omar’s Somali American community has the highest density of terror recruits than any other area in the country, with 45 Somali Americans having left the community to join terror groups abroad. Omar, who is now a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed with Tharwat that radical Islamic terrorism is a “reaction” to American meddling abroad.

“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,” Omar said. “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.”

Anti-Semite, jihadi apologist

The video resurfaced after Omar recently invoked anti-Semitic stereotypes when she said that American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) pays off American lawmakers to side with the Jewish state, tweeting, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”

Omar issued a shallow apology, but the controversy called attention to past anti-Semitic comments in 2012 when she said that “Israel has hypnotized the world.” More recently, she said that she “almost chuckles” when Israel is called a democracy, comparing the Jewish state to Iran. Omar is a supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and has received the endorsement of infamous anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, who called her “sweetheart” and told her to not back down after being criticized for her Israel remarks.

Besides being an anti-Semite, Omar has shown a cavalier attitude towards Islamic terrorism. In 2016, she lobbied a judge to show leniency to Minnesotans who attempted to join ISIS, saying that they were the product of “systematic alienation.” In addition, Omar will speak at a banquet next month for a group with links to Hamas and Hezbollah, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR.)

All of this clearly begs the questions of how and why an anti-Semitic terrorist sympathizer was ever able to obtain a seat in Congress.

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