Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Speaks
By Elaine R. Miller
The Times of Israel , Mar 31, 2019
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) appeared on the national scene as a delicate-faced Somali refugee. Upon her election, America welcomed her as a symbol of “diversity.” They should have looked a little closer.
Omar is a coiled barbed wire ball of rage against the country that rescued her, its interests and Israel. She is a headliner for Hamas.
She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1996. At age 14, together with her family, she immigrated to the United States. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies and began to get involved in politics. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 and was sworn in 2017.
She was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018.
Upon taking her seat one of the first things Omar did was to heatedly express her support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, attack AIPAC and U.S legislators and Jews who support Israel. She most recently attacked House Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi for opposing BDS.
Where does this hatred come from? One can assume that her education and culture are partly to blame. She was raised in a community steeped in the suppression of the human rights of minority ethnic and religious groups and most particularly, of women.
Statistics show that 98% of Somalian women have undergone female genital mutilation, a life-changing procedure that can lead to incontinence, fistulas, difficulty childbearing. It is estimated that 80% of Somalian females between 5 and 14 have undergone FGM.
In 2016, the World Health Organization produced a study on the psychological effects of female gentle genital mutilization. The devastating effects are traumatic and permanent. (https://www.28toomany.org/blog/the-psychological-effects-of-female-genital-mutilation-research-blog-by-serene-chung/)
There are women who have emerged from the same culture as Omar who have become spokespersons for women’s rights, especially condemning FGM. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, also born in Mogadishu, Somalia underwent a FGM at age 5. She has written two autobiographies and has traveled the world to alert people to the problem..
What has been Omar’s political response to FGM? During the period that Omar was a member of the Minnesota House, member Mary Franson introduced a bill that would provide criminal penalties for parents or guardians who cause girls to undergo FGM
“The bill faced some questions from Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL-Minneapolis), who believes prosecutors should have looked to existing laws to charge the parents. Omar also voiced her concern that Franson’s bill was introduced to gain media exposure. Rep. Ilhan Omar on genital mutilation bill: “What I don’t want us to do is to create laws because we want to get in the media.” “What I would like to have been done is to have (the parents) charged with laws that already exist,”
The bill passed the House and Omar, perhaps recognizing the inevitably of its passage (124-4) voted in favor of it.(http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-bill-against-female-mutilation-raises-opposition/423070383/)It went to the Minnesota Senate but it was not voted on prior to the end of the session.
The next year, 2018, Omar was elected to the Congress.
When one thinks of Omar one thinks of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” except that in place of a silent, wordless fury there is fist-pumping and agitated rhetoric directed at her “enemies”. She jumped onto the Democratic Party “Victim Gravy Train” (gender, color, religion, country of origin) and exploited it for all it was worth.
Omar could have been a champion for the Somali community. Her story sounds good on paper. “Immigrant from war torn Mogadishu, rescued by America, gets elected to Congress”. But watch her at a recent CAIR fundraiser.
With the audio on, Omar sounds like Brooklyn/Palestinian, Linda Sansour, With the mute on, she looks like Michelle Obama (Michelle never looked that good! jsk) former Vice President for Community and External Affairs (Read: Diversity Officer) at the University of Chicago Medical Center (at $300,000 per year payola money! jsk) and First Lady.
The result of Omar’s politics are that instead of leading her Somali-American constituents towards greater participation in the American dream, she made them suspect.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her book. FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.
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