Just a couple of weeks after the House passed an anti-hate resolution inspired by the anti-Semitic comments of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), it has been reported that Omar is speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser on Saturday
She is set to speak along with Hassan Shibly, the CAIR Executive Director for Florida, who has a troubling history.
How Is This Okay?
How leadership in the Democrat party is allowing this to happen is baffling.
The pro-Palestinian CAIR has always been an organization that has raised eyebrows, but this specific coupling is just shocking.
Omar was just recently censured for making anti-Semitic comments, yet here she is taking the stage with a man who once tweeted, “Israel & it’s [sic] supporters are enemies of God and humanity.”
That is actually fairly tame for Shibly.
His Twitter feed is loaded with comments not only harshly criticizing Israel but also openly defending Palestinian terror groups.
He has defended the militant Islamist group Hezbollah as a “resistance movement,” saying, “They’re absolutely not a terrorist organization. … Any war against them is illegitimate.”
According to a reporter with the Clarion Project, Shibly “refused to describe Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations.”
Under Shibly’s leadership, CAIR Florida was accused of co-sponsoring a pro-Hamas protest in 2014. After it was reported, they denied any connection.
On homosexuality, Shibly stated it is a “quick way to earn God’s wrath.”
Now, does that sound like someone a U.S. Congresswoman should be teaming up with?
Unfortunately, this isn’t new for Omar. She makes regular appearances at CAIR events around the country alongside controversial figures like CAIR-LA’s executive director, Hussam Ayloush, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, and outspoken pro-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour.
It’s clear that Omar’s rhetoric wasn’t accidental or naive — she is choosing to associate with anti-Israel Islamists of her own accord.