36-year-old Somali refugee and newly-elected congresswoman from Minnesota’s fifth district has raised eyebrows by sharply reversing the pro-Israel stance she campaigned on less than a month ago. Now her constituents are, justifiably, questioning her integrity on such a hot-button topic.
According to Western Journal, “Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Muslim refugee from Somalia and a newly elected U.S. representative, is facing backlash for her inconsistent stance on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel”
Jewish voters in the state who were concerned that a practicing Muslim might not be fair when it comes to dealings with Israel were reluctant to support her for the November 6th election. But Omar reassured residents that she would not support the boycott known as the DBS Movement.
The Conservative Review reports, ”Omar told Minnesota Jews that she was opposed to the boycott movement. During a debate that took place in a synagogue, Omar stated that BDS is ‘not helpful in getting that two-state solution’ between Israel and the Palestinians.
“She added that ‘in order for us to have a process of getting to a two-state solution, people have to be willing to come to the table and have a conversation about how that is going to be possible and I think that [BDS] stops the dialogue.’”
Contrast that with what she said just days after the 2018 election:
Conservative Review reports, “Newly elected Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has announced that she supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that "seeks the destruction of the world’s lone Jewish state."
In an interview with the Muslim Girl website, the congresswoman’s campaign said that Omar “believes in and supports the BDS movement.”
This isn't the first time Omar's stance on Israel has raised eyebrows. The Congresswoman also received strong criticism for her anti-Israel Tweet back in 2012…LONG before this year’s election.
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she wrote.
Omar rose to prominence by achieving a series of 'firsts' and has received support for those who want her agenda to move forward. According to Muslim Girl, “Omar, a Black Muslim woman and a Somali-American refugee, has made history three-fold: as the first hijabi in Congress, the first Somali-American legislator, and one of the first Muslim women in Congress."