Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar took part in a travel delegation sponsored by ‘Witness For Peace,’ an organization formed to stop American intervention efforts in South America combatting the spread of communism.
The group has been described by Fox News as “a radical anti-American and anti-Israel organization” that sides with countries who are political foes to the United States.
Witness For Peace was formed in 1983 as a means to oppose President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist policies in South America. They currently have close relations with communists in Cuba and stand firmly behind the devastating economic impact of socialism in Venezuela.
The Washington Free Beacon notes that members of the board have accused Israel of “institutionalized racism” while at least one member has ties to a Palestinian activist who has previously called for the “eradication of Israel.”
After traveling to Honduras as part of the Witness for Peace delegation, I’ve returned home with a heavy heart and deep concern for the electoral process and human rights crisis the people of Honduras are enduring.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 30, 2017
Why are ties to this group particularly troubling?
The love of Venezuelan socialism and the hatred toward Israel come at a time when the troublesome Omar has had to defend against several anti-Semitic tweets and the railroading of a Jewish special envoy to Venezuela.
In 2012, Omar claimed Israel had “hypnotized the world” and called the nation “evil.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Additionally, she has, on multiple occasions defended the actions of ISIS terrorists who frequently cite religion as a motivation for their attacks.
Omar has made comparisons of Israel to Iran, repeated anti-Semitic tropes, and supported the definitively anti-Semitic BDS movement.
Her words regarding Venezuela are concerning because she is specifically speaking in opposition to current U.S. policy toward the socialist nation.
Omar has accused President Trump of backing a “coup” in Venezuela.
“A US-backed coup in Venezuela is not a solution to the dire issues they face,” she tweeted. “Trump’s efforts to install a far right opposition will only incite violence and further destabilize the region.”
She followed that up with a sophomoric grilling of Elliot Abrams, special envoy to Venezuela, in which she asked his opinion on whether the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador “was a fabulous achievement that happened under [the United States’] watch.”
Abrams responded ‘No,’ to which Omar replied, “I’ll take that as a ‘yes.'”
OMAR: “Do you think [the El Mozote] massacre [in El Salvador] was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?”
ABRAMS: “That is a ridiculous question.
OMAR: “Yes or no?”
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) February 13, 2019
Bernie Supports Omar
Bernie Sanders, who recently announced another bid for the White House in 2020, reached out to Omar “to offer his support amid criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.”
This, despite the fact that prominent liberals, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chelsea Clinton, have blasted her for blatant anti-Semitism.
Why not? They’re two socialist birds of a feather …
— Marc Lotter (@marc_lotter) February 21, 2019
Omar and Sanders don’t hide their anti-American, pro-communism views. Yet they’re given prominent roles in the Democrat party, and one could even someday be leading this country.
This radical thinking and means to make America into the Soviet mold need to stop. The anti-Semitism needs to stop. The Democrats need to stop putting people like this in positions of power.