Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) advocated on Tuesday for releasing a senior member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) — which is designated by several nations as a terrorist organization.
“I recently met with @jkbadawy and @thefreedomi to talk about Hoda Abdelmonem, a political prisoner in Egypt,” Omar tweeted from her official Congressional Twitter account. “I hope that Trump brings up her case in his meeting with the regime that has imprisoned her. We must work to #FreeHoda.”
Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel reported that Hoda Abdelmonem is “a senior member in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s women’s affiliate,” adding that she “remains an influential figure and a senior leader in the Islamist outfit, and the campaign for her release has been a top priority item for Muslim Brotherhood-aligned individuals, groups, and governments.”
Schachtel noted that Omar has “continued to show a preference for antagonistic U.S. adversaries and throwback Islamist leaders and groups, as opposed to U.S.-friendly Middle East nations and peaceful reform movements worldwide. She has become a regular on the CAIR speaking circuit. The terror-tied Islamist group raised mountains of cash for her congressional campaign.”
“The Muslim Brotherhood is classified as a terrorist organization in several nations, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Russia, Egypt, and Bahrain. The group has spawned the likes of deceased Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS,” Schachtel concluded. “Republicans in Congress continue to push legislation and directly appeal to President Trump to classify the MB as a foreign terrorist organization, given its tendency for violence and the group’s extremist, anti-American philosophy.”
In 2016, Omar asked U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis for leniency and compassion in the sentencing of “9 Minnesota men charged with planning to join ISIS,” Fox 9 reported.
“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion. We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation,” Omar wrote in her letter to the judge. “A long-term prison sentence for one who chose violence to combat direct marginalization is a statement that our justice system misunderstands the guilty.”
Omar has been embroiled in an anti-Semitism scandal since the day she took office in January.
Omar — who has refused to deny that she is an anti-Semite — has promoted numerous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and used anti-Semitic tropes.
In early March, Omar accused a Jewish member of Congress of expecting her to have dual loyalties to Israel. Omar also stated that she believed her “Jewish colleagues” had “designed” a conspiracy against her where they planned to accuse her of being anti-Semitic “to end the debate” on Israel.
Omar has also refused to answer why she supports anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel.
Omar’s anti-Semitism has led to her being condemned multiple times by Congress and to repeated public criticism from world leaders including President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as leaders in her own party.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) both blasted Omar at AIPAC this year, with Pelosi going as far as to suggest that Omar was “anti-American.”
“I simply declare to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American,” Pelosi said. “It has no place in our country.”