CAIR, Left-Wing Groups Rally Around Ilhan Omar, Say Democrats Must Condemn Not Just Anti-Semitism But ‘All Forms of Bigotry’

By Patrick Goodenough | March 5, 2019 | 7:15pm EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Photo: Omar/Facebook)

( – A collection of Muslim and left-wing groups are rallying around Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), demanding that House Democratic leaders condemn not just anti-Semitism, but “all forms of bigotry” as well as threats to members of Congress.

House Democratic leaders reportedly plan to offer a resolution Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism, in response to Omar’s latest remarks on Jews and Israel, which have attracted criticism from some of her Democratic colleagues.

In anticipation of that, Muslim advocacy groups the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and MPower Change will join two left-wing Jewish organizations and two other groups at a mid-morning Capitol Hill press conference in a show of support for Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress.

CAIR says the gathering will announce a letter of support for Omar “that calls on Democratic Party leaders to equally condemn anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, and physical threats against any members of Congress.”

“Following the news conference, the letter of support will be delivered to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

The mention to threats against lawmakers refers to the fact the FBI has confirmed it’s investigating an incident in which the words “Assassinate Ilhan Omar” were scrawled on the wall of a bathroom at a Minnesota gas station

CAIR, which calls itself the nation’s biggest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, has been dogged by controversy in past years over allegations of extremist links.

MPower Change was founded in 2016 as a Muslim digital advocacy organization. Co-founder Linda Sarsour, who is also a Women’s March co-leader, has herself come under fire for harsh criticism of Israel and her association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, whose views on Jews and Israel have drawn widely condemnation.

Sarsour in a Facebook post this week called Pelosi “a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men,” and said she rejected the planned House resolution.

“I reject this. I will speak out. I won’t be silent. I am not following this. They don’t speak for me as a Democrat,” Sarsour wrote. “No more double standards. You want a resolution? Condemn all forms of bigotry.”

According to CAIR, the other groups involved in Wednesday’s press conference are Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now, United Voices, and Ultraviolet.

(Photo: Jewish Voice for Peace)

Jewish Voice for Peace is a left-wing activist organization focused on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict which in recent weeks has been promoting a public campaign called # IstandWithIlhan.

The sustained attacks on her are in large part fueled by racism and Islamophobia,” JVP said in an earlier statement. “Even though she’s apologized for the impact of her statements, Ilhan Omar continues to be attacked by a bad-faith smear campaign.”

(Omar did apologize after tweets last month suggesting lawmakers are paid off for supporting Israel, although she has not apologized for the most recent comments, insinuating that some U.S. lawmakers have dual loyalties to Israel and the United States.)

If Not Now is a left-wing Jewish activist group working to end U.S. Jewish organizations’ support for the Israeli occupation of territory claimed by the Palestinians.

Responding to the news that Democratic leaders were drafting a resolution, If Not Now tweeted: “The fact [Pelosi] and the Democratic leadership are putting up a resolution to condemn [Omar] than coming together to condemn the white nationalists calling her a terrorist & threatening her life is a damning indictment of their priorities.”

United Voices is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which says it “advocates on behalf of minorities and people of color throughout the nation.”

Ultraviolet is a feminist group which says it is “working to improve the lives of women and girls of all identities, and all people impacted by sexism, by disrupting patriarchy and creating a cost for sexism.”

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