Last week, Democrats in Minnesota elected Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who will be filling the seat of the disgraced outgoing Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who was recently forced to resign as the DNC vice chair, after multiple credible accusations of domestic violence.
The Somali-born Muslim lawmaker, Ilhan Omar, brings her own set of baggage with her to Washington DC, including multiple campaign finance violation charges as well as a controversy surrounding allegations that she committed immigration fraud when she married and then divorced her own brother.
On October 9, 2018, it was revealed in a report sent to Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (CFB), that there is “probable cause” against Omar and her state legislature campaign committee for at least three separate violations, which are now being investigated.
Last week, the CFB conducted a hearing to determine whether probable cause exists for Omar’s use of campaign resources for personal travel expenses. Now, according to Drazkowski, the CFB has determined probable cause exists and are moving forward with a formal investigation.
Ilhan Omar is also coming under fire for changing her tune about Israel only days after being elected to the United States Congress.
Last week, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar came out against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement during her campaign, but after winning the election, she now says she “supports the BDS movement.”
Omar, a Muslim Somali-American elected last week to replace outgoing Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) in the House, fought accusations that she held anti-Israel views during her campaign. As part of that effort, she told a group of Jewish voters in the state that she opposed the economic boycott of Israel, calling it “counteractive” and “not helpful in getting that two-state solution.”
But Omar’s tune has changed since winning the election. In an interview published Sunday by MuslimGirl, Omar said she “supports the BDS movement.”
“Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told MuslimGirl, which said Omar had been criticized for coming out against BDS. Omar’s campaign also pointed MuslimGirl to her vote against an anti-BDS bill in Minnesota’s state legislature and her argument that boycott movements were successful in South Africa.
The comment is seen as a complete reversal by members of the Jewish community in her district.
“She’s either misrepresenting or misunderstanding, and I hope to be able to have a dialogue with her that clarifies which of those is the nature of her stance,” Rabbi Avi Olitzky, who hosted the event where Omar came out against BDS, told Forward, a Jewish news outlet.
Omar defended her comments in text messages to a local Jewish reporter, saying the moderator “didn’t ask for a yes or no answer” at the initial event. Omar was asked during the debate to state “exactly where you stand” on BDS.
Only six years ago, the newly elected US Congresswoman, Democrat Ilhan Omar, tweeted about her hatred for Israel:
Now, Congress is about to reverse a 181-year-old rule for the new anti-semitic Muslim lawmaker, who is under investigation for campaign finance violations, that prohibits members from covering their heads on the House floor.
According to the New York Post, it’s taken 181 years, but the House of Representatives is finally getting around to changing a rule that bans hats on the floor.
The ban was enacted in 1837 by members who wanted to break from the hat-wearing tradition in British Parliament.
They didn’t anticipate Ilhan Omar.
The Minnesota Democrat is one of two Muslim women elected this year and she’s the first to wear a hijab.
So, why the change of heart now? A Democrat lawmaker suffering from cancer had to remove her hat and vote with a bald head, but when it comes to an anti-Israel Muslim lawmaker—apparently, all bets are off.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman also praised the changes. The New Jersey Democrat had a tumor successfully removed and has undergone chemotherapy since September to ensure she’s cancer-free.
The treatment caused her hair to fall out. She wears a hat outside, but when she votes on the House floor she takes it off.
“I just have a bald head and I’m somewhat getting used to it hoping that it’s a very temporary thing,” Watson Coleman told The Post.
“I don’t think I would start wearing a (hat) now, but I recognize that if someone else has the same issue and wants to, they should be able to.”
A Democratic source said the rules will be clarified to allow religious headwear, as well as coverings for medical reasons.
How very tolerant. Too bad Congresswoman-elect isn’t as tolerant when it comes to Jews.