By Bassel Barakat
The debate is still raging over US President Donald Trump’s tweet against Rep.Ilhan Omar, whom US activists have seen as linking the Muslims again to the events of 9/11.
Omar responded in a tweet to Trump’s attack by saying she did not run for Congress to stay silent and that no one could threaten her “unconditional Love” of the United States.
Trump Posted a video on Twitter last Friday at 5:35 ET, the tweet features a video that shows Rep. Ilhan Omar speaking to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March 2018. Omar’s comments are followed by vivid images of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Trump pinned the tweet on his Twitter and wrote “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
“Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was ‘Some people did something,’” the cover read. A caption underneath added, “Here’s your something … 2,977 people dead by terrorism.”
The Democratic Party – of which Omar belongs – remained silent about what is going on. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not mention Rep. Elhan Omar in a tweet in reply to Trump: “The 9/11 is sacred, Respectfully, the president should not use painful images of these events to launch a political attack. ”
Rebecca Vilkomerson, chief executive of the Jewish organization Voices for Peace, wrote in a tweet: “Everyone the Democratic Party leaders, who are very keen to put Elhan under surveillance needs to voice loudly against racial incitement to Trump-led violence.”
— ÆMarling (@AEMarling) April 13, 2019
“Why should not we ask Muslims to condemn terrorism,” said Todd Greene, a former adviser to the State Department on Islamophobia and author of the supposed “culprit”.
My sister in service @IlhanMN is on my heart tonight. The occupant of the @WhiteHouse is putting her, her family, her team & Muslim Americans across the country in jeopardy. It’s unconscionable and I’m furious #IStandWithIlhan
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 13, 2019
I was in NYC on 9/11.
I watched the towers fall.
I saw people jump out of the towers.
I lost people I loved.
I have nightmares to this day.
I damn well remember.
I will never forget.
The attacks by Trump against Ilhan Omar incite violence. Despicable Donald. #IStandWithIlhan
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 13, 2019
Nihad Awad, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), assured Al Jazeera that the congresswoman was speaking at the annual Los Angeles Convention on Civil Rights, the role of Muslims in America and the political growth of the organization, and that her speech was clearly taken out of context and added to the video accompanying Trump .
Awad pointed out that Elhan Omar was a new opposition voice in Congress, and Trump was not used to a black Muslim woman and veiled minority representing a challenge to the policy of immigrants.
Today, more than ever, Jewish Voice for Peace stands with @Ilhan under nearly constant attack by far right politicians and not defended nearly enough by fellow Democrats. Show her support NOW. #IStandWithIlhan #StandWithIlhan pic.twitter.com/iV67KHkgXH
— JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) April 13, 2019
“Trump has officially adopted the wrong argument linking Islam and Muslims to the events of September 11. Trump was able to legitimize Islamophobia and gave extremists the green light to incite against Muslims and to believe that it is legal to be seen as enemies And opponents of American culture and law. ”