Monday, 22 July 2019

Who is Ilhan Omar?

Ilhan Omar is the new US Congresswoman that has Jews and Israel concerned following her anti-Semitic outbursts since entering Congress. Following her insults about Jews and their money, their “dual loyalty,” and her perception that Israel is evil and has “hypnotized the world,” both Jews and Israel have real concerns about the political influence of a Somali-American who is sitting on the influential US Foreign Affairs Committee.
It seems to most observers that Ilhan Omar, who has been joined by Palestinian Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known in the media as ‘The Squad,’ is leading the agenda of the Democratic Party as they collectively storm press conferences with hate speech and to announce radical new policies.  Anyone, including the hierarchy of their own party, who stand in the way of this foursome is accused of being a racist and against “women of color” and minorities. Nancy Pelosi is, figuratively, the head of the Democratic Party, but she and the rest of the leadership are breathlessly trying to keep up with these young radical firebrands, even as they try to appease them by echoing their support of their Socialist policies but stop short of denouncing Omar’s anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Emboldened by the media coverage, and the quivering response of the Democratic establishment, Ilhan Omar announced that she will be joined by Rashida Tlaib, a passionate hater of Israel, in a delegation to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in the near future.
So, who is Ilhan Omar?
The truth is Ilhan Omar is not Ilhan Omar.
In 1995, Ilhan entered the US as a fraudulent member of the Omar family. This is not her genetic family. The Omar family is an unrelated family that illegally gifted her asylum into the United States.
Ilhan’s real family name is Said. Her family fled war-torn, lawless and impoverished Somalia when she was a child. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya, and entered the United States illegally.The Omars allowed Ilhan, her sister, Sahra, and her father, Nur Said, to illegally use their family name to apply for asylum as extended members of the Omar family. 
Ilhan’s biological family split up. Ilhan’s three other siblings, using their real names, managed to receive asylum in the UK. Ilhan’s brother, Ahmed, later used Elmi as his surname.
Until today, Ilhan “Omar” will not reveal the real names of her biological family.Other scandals, hovers over Ilhan “Omar.” That of bigamy and further infringements of immigration and tax laws. She leaves a complicated trail of unusual (an understatement) marital escapades.
In 2002, at the age of nineteen, Ilhan “Omar” married Ahmed Hirsi.  They married, she claims, in the “faith tradition,” meaning an Islamic marriage, in Minnesota. She did not file any official paperwork so she was not legally married to Hirsi, under US law.
Ilhan and Hirsi had two children before they decided to divorce. They divorced in their faith-based tradition. As they were not legally married there was no deed to file divorce proceedings. In other words, she had two children out of wedlock.
It is worth pausing to remind ourselves that this was happening in the United States, not Somalia or Kenya.
A year after her divorce, Ilhan, now aged twenty-six, legally married Ahmed Elmi, aged 23. This was not a faith-based marriage, but a legal marriage.Ilhan describes Elmi as “a British citizen.” It is believed that Ahmed Elmi was her brother who had arrived in the States from Britain, but without proper immigration papers.According to the Star Tribune, Elmi went to high school in St. Paul and later North Dakota State University.
Two years later, in 2011, Ilhan and Elmi divorce in a faith-based ceremony. They did not file papers or apply to divorce legally. In other words, according to US law they were still officially married. In 2012, Ilhan “Omar” returns to Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her two children. They had a third child while she was still legally married to Elmi.
Why did she go through this rigmarole? Was it love? Or was it something else?There are strong claims that the Ahmed Elmi, with whom she remained married for roughly a two-year period, was her British-based brother, and that the marriage was manufactured to enable him to obtain American immigration status. If proven, this would have been the second time that Ilhan “Omar” defrauded the US immigration system.In 2013, Ilhan “Omar” was elected to the Minnesota State House as a Democrat.
In 2014 and 2015, Ilhan and Hirsi filed joint tax returns, but they were not legally married. She was still legally married to Elmi, her brother, with whom she did not file any tax forms.
In 2016, when Ilhan “Omar” decided to run for Congress her campaign released details of her genetic family, but only issued the first names of six of her siblings, with no family name.  Ahmed Elmi/Said was not included on that list.
In 2017, Ilhan legally divorced Elmi. Elmi had returned to live in Britain.
In 2018, before she was elected to Congress, she legally married Ahmed Hirsi.
Ilhan “Omar” has said that tales of her marriages were “baseless rumors” and “crazy internet stuff,” but she refuses to disclose full details of her genetic family including full names, or the identity of her brother, Ahmed, and a politically compliant mainstream media refuse to investigate this intriguing story.
The above timeline was given by her campaign headquarters.
However, Minnesota State found campaign fund violations by Ilhan “Omar” including in the tax documents she filed with Ahmed Hirsi while she was legally married to Ahmed Elmi.
There are also perjury allegations against her.  During her divorce proceedings, she claimed the absence of her spouse as her grounds for divorce.  She claimed, under oath, that she had not had contact with Elmi since 2011, but her social media posts showed them together in London in 2014.
That post was deleted when Ilhan “Omar” began running for office.
There are clearly more questions than answers about Ilhan “Omar’s” honesty. There are clear signs that she broke immigration and tax laws.
Ilhan “Omar” should be thoroughly investigated before she comes to further slander Israel and Jews.
But, if the Democratic Party did not have the integrity to sanction her over her abusive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel language, it is highly unlikely that they will take her to task about her potentially fraudulent behavior going back to the time she set foot on American soil and until today.
She is, after all, the future of the Democratic Party.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.”


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