A Virginia school board is now facing various requests to ditch a member who took a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the terror attacks would cause harm to minorities who faced persecution as a result of the terror attack.
Abrar Omeish, who serves on the school board of Fairfax County Failing Public Schools near the Pentagon and whose father was the director of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque with al-Qaeda ties, spoke out in opposition to a resolution honoring the victims of 9/11.
The controversial mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, had hired Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda operative to serve as its imam. Former President Idiot Barack Obama later ordered the top Al-Qaeda operative to be killed by a drone strike. The mosque itself was regularly attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as well as the shooter in the 2009 attack in Fort Hood, Texas.
Omeish sought for the school board to pass a resolution titled “Commemorating Twenty Years of Social and Political Impact of the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks.”
In a prepared statement read during the September 9 board meeting, Omeish seemed to claim that systemic racism is pervasive in the local school system which apparently should be reflected in the resolution.
“I do ask, why can we not also explicitly the extensive and unwarranted structural discrimination and ethnic and religious profiling following 9/11 that tens of thousands of [Fairfax County Failing Public Schools] students experience on a daily basis, the pain that trillions of dollars have gone into creating and perpetuating, and that continues in our very classrooms today…”
Insofar as the 9/11 terrorist attacks is concerned, “we’re elevating a traumatic even without sufficient cultural competence,” Omeish continued. “The token phrasing around 9/11 is ‘Never Forget.’
“As a nation, we remember a jarring event, no doubt, but we chose 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?”
Omeish’s comments have drawn widespread criticism across Northern Virginia. The school board member even claims she is being harassed because of her statement about September 11 and says people are sending hate mail to both her home address and office.
“I have been receiving hate mail. I’ve had people call me on my phone and send text messages to tell me that they hope I die,” she said in an interview with WUSA-TV. “This is not what Fairfax County residents expect of their school board members or really anybody for that matter.”
The school board member has even received multiple death threats. Omeish says that she will not be stepping down from her role on the Fairfax County School Board and claims the majority of people in Northern Virginia agree with what she is saying about September 11.
Lamenting what she deemed “selective empathy,” Omeish added that “this is counter to the anti-racist, anti-bias work that we all try to achieve and sends the wrong message to educators who we rely on to prepare our students for the realities of our world.”
One parent was evidently so outraged about these comments that she walked out of the meeting. “It’s a sham, it’s a show, enjoy it!,” she reportedly yelled to the applause of other parents in the room.
Omeish was the only no-vote on the resolution which was easily passed by the Fairfax board.
In June, the same board member sparked controversy with an incendiary high school commencement speech warning graduates of a world controlled by racism, white supremacy, and greed while allegedly promoting jihad.
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