On Wednesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic, America-hating Democrat member of Congress from Minnesota, has been holding secret fundraisers with various Islamic groups tied to terrorism.
Worse yet, Adam Fredo writes, those appearances have been closed to the press and hidden from public view. Moreover, the content of those speeches, which have been given to predominately Muslim audiences, remains unknown.
The question that naturally comes to mind is “why?”
According to the Free Beacon:
Omar recently spoke in Florida at a private event hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel. Over the weekend, she will appear at another private event in California that is hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR a group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.
Omar’s appearance at these closed-door forums is raising eyebrows in the pro-Israel world due to her repeated and unapologetic public use of anti-Semitic stereotypes accusing Jewish people of controlling foreign policy and politics. With Omar’s popularity skyrocketing on the anti-Israel left, it appears her rhetoric is translating into fundraising prowess.
It remains unclear what Omar has told these audiences in her private talks. Washington Free Beacon attempts to obtain video of past events were unsuccessful, and multiple local news and television outlets in the Tampa, Fla., area, where Omar spoke to Islamic Relief last month, confirmed they were unable to gain access to the closed door event.
“The event was closed to the media. No materials are available,” said an official with Islamic Relief, a group that has come under investigation for ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and has been banned by some countries as a result of those ties.
Omar is also set to hold a meet-and-greet with CAIR-CA PAC in Irvine, Calif.,on Sunday, Fredo said. That event also remains closed to the public, and attempts by the media outlet to obtain information about her statements have been unsuccessful.
CAIR, Fredo adds, “was named by the U.S. government as part of a large network of groups known to be supporting Hamas.”
Of course, Omar has the right to speak with whomever she wishes, but the secretive nature of her meetings have become a source of concern to many, given her history of anti-Semitic statements.
“Of course she’s holding these meetings in secret. That’s just how Democrats roll these days,” an unnamed veteran Republican political operative told the Free Beacon. “They’re for limiting your ability to spend money on the candidates you want to support, and for secretly fundraising from Islamist groups who support them. It really puts their support for campaign finance reform into perspective.”
Sarah Stern, founder of the pro-Israel Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, also expressed concerns.
“I just wonder what is Rep. Omar saying to a group of Islamic supporters that she feels is so secretive that she cannot say it to the American people, as a whole?” she asked. “What is so secretive that it has to be off the record and closed to reporters? Will she say the same things in public to her Jewish voters in Minnesota that she says to her Islamic friends? What does this tell us about her openness, her honesty and her integrity?”
In a letter to Democrat House leaders, EMET and other pro-Israel groups demanded Omar’s removal from the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, arguing that her rhetoric and secretive meetings should disqualify her from holding a seat on that powerful committee.
“Rep. Omar’s presence as a keynote speaker to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations, demonstrates that she has learned next to nothing over the last few weeks when she was reprimanded by your office and by other Democrats for posting ugly, anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and their organizations,” the letter said.
The Free Beacon report comes just two days after hundreds of Jews gathered in New York to demand her removal from the committee.
“In my lifetime, I cannot think of any other politician who presents a bigger threat to the alliance between the U.S. and Israel and to America’s Jews,” activist Joe Diamond told the Jerusalem Post. “This woman is an ardent anti-Semite, and she doesn’t even try to hide it.”
“Christians should also be alarmed. Ilhan Omar is a huge threat to our national security,” added Laurie Cardoza-Moore, an award-winning advocate of Christian Zionism.
Former Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind also addressed the gathering, as seen in the following video posted to Twitter:
If she isn’t removed, & Jewish Reps remain silent their seats won’t be safe in 2020. Silence is complicity & the Dems seem to have placed their bet on the antisemitic horses! pic.twitter.com/KbdarvT3Bs
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) May 21, 2019
“Speaking about the process that refugees go through, Omar claimed that Republicans were ‘really good at misinformation and sort of really reorganizing facts to sort of paint a picture that really eventually is not rooted in fact,’” she said. “And so it is not that they might not be knowledgeable about this, but they use it as a tool to stir up hate and division. And ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of, of this country.”
We have to wonder, though. Who, exactly, are the ignorant ones? Is it those who see what Omar really stands for or those who put her in office and continue to support her radical agenda?