US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy vows to remove Ilhan Omar from committee for criticizing Israel

Potential next Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy has said he will remove Minnesota Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a decision that stems in part from her criticism of Israel.

McCarthy, in an interview with the “Sunday Morning” program, had promised to remove Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar from the U.S. House of Representatives committees, alongside Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell, if he regained control of the House of Representatives.

McCarthy said, “We will not allow Omar to be present on the foreign affairs committee because of her anti-Semitic remarks,” referring to Omar’s criticism of Israel.

McCarthy further added, “I remember what she said about Israel. I remember what she said about the relationship. I remember it so well that I promised you last year that she would no longer be a speaker at the State Department. I keep that promise.’

Ilhan Omar responded to Kevin McCarthy’s threats to remove her from congressional committees by saying that the Republican Party had attacked her from day one of her election using fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism and through a multi-million dollar advertising campaign .

“The constant stream of hate and threats, including Marjorie Green’s guns and Trump’s promise to take me back to Somalia, has led to hundreds of death threats and plots against me and my family,” Omar said in a statement.

Controversy over Ilhan Omar’s ‘anti-Semitism’

Earlier, Ilhan Omar called for increased congressional scrutiny of the United States-Israel relationship when she launched an attack on the pro-Israel lobby, sometimes citing themes of Jewish control, sparking accusations of anti-Semitism. from Republicans and some Democrats.

According to the Times of Israel, the deputy sheriff, of Somali origin, apologized for some of them, but did not apologize for all the comments that caused this attack on her. Ilhan also supports the Boycott Israel movement.

One of Omar’s tweets was the one where she said McCarthy supports Israel for the money. Ilhan later apologized for that.

Republicans are slated to take control of the House of Representatives in January and nominate McCarthy for president, though 31 Republicans voted against him and McCarthy would need 218 votes to win the position.

Who is Ilhan Omer?

  • Omar moved to Minnesota with her family when she was still a teenager. She lost her mother when she was young, so she was raised by her grandfather and father, the youngest of her seven siblings.
  • All members of her family in Somalia were educated, her father was the director of National Maritime Transport. After the civil war in Somalia in 1991, her entire family fled the country and lived for years in refugee camps in Kenya.
  • In 1995, Ilhan emigrated to Minnesota with her family. She was superior and learned English within three months, and during her studies she worked as a translator when she was only 14 years old.
  • She graduated in 2011 from the College of Political Science and International Studies at the University of North Dakota, USA.
  • She began her career as a nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota from 2006-2009.
  • After completing college, she served as campaign manager for Kari Dziedzic’s 2012 Minnesota Senate reelection campaign.
  • She then worked as a Child Nutrition Awareness Coordinator at the Ministry of Education between 2012-2013.
  • In 2013, she led Andrew Johnson’s campaign for the Minneapolis City Council. After his victory, she worked as a political assistant for him.
  • Omar was attacked by five people in late 2015, the day before she was scheduled to attend one of her party’s conferences.
  • In 2015, she became Director of Policy and Initiatives for the Women’s Organizing Network, in which Omar called on migrant women from East Africa to take on civic and political leadership roles in the country.
  • Omar achieved a historic feat and her name made headlines in the local media after she defeated a Republican candidate to win a seat in the Minnesota State House of Representatives in 2016.

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