March 3, 2023

Virginia School Board Member with Extremist Islamic Ties Calls Iwo Jima "Human Evil"

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Once again the Virginia school board is under fire for rewriting history to make America and her veterans the villains in their woke version of events. 

The Background: 

Controversial Virginia School Board Member, Abrar Omeish, is once again shifting history to suit her agenda. During a recent Japanese Day of Remembrance, commemorating the 1942 internment of Japanese Americans by the US, Omeish took the opportunity to disparage the military victory of Iwo Jima, which opened the door to end WWII in the Pacific theater. 

During the annual event, Omeish stated, “Something for us to certainly reflect on as we learn our history and think about it. The days when, you know, Iwo Jima unfortunately happened and set a record for really, what I hate to say, human evil is capable of.”

This isn’t the first time Omeish has raised red flags for the side she has taken on historical and more recent events.

Last year, Omeish showed her colors and shocked fellow Americans by voting against a resolution for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. 

“As a nation, we remember a jarring event, no doubt, but we choose to forget — as this resolution does — the fear, the ostracization and the collective blame felt by Arab Americans, American Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus and all brown or other individuals that have been mistaken for Muslims since that day over the past two decades. Why are we forgetting the experience of these families? Their traumas?”

And why would she say these things? Probably due to her close ties with Islamist extremists. The New York Post writes ​​Omeish’s father, Dr. Esam Omeish, is a founding board member and former vice president of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., which was formerly led by Anwar Al-Awlaki, who later became a high-profile radical and was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011. Two of the Sept. 11 hijackers were also revealed to have prayed at his mosque before committing their heinous deeds, with the federal 9/11 commission concluding it “may not have been coincidental.”

Omeish did attempt a backpedal after receiving heat for her comments.

“It was not Iwo Jima that I was saying showed what evil humans are capable of — it was the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent,” she said. 


Notable Quotes: 

“The juxtaposition of these two events, the first the beginning of one of the most glorious battles in US history, and the second, one of the worst acts of evil in US history, is indeed an irony worth contemplating as we explore the glories and sins of US history.” – Abrar Omeish



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