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No. No evidence has been uncovered that she married her brother. In an official statement by Rep. Ilhan Omar, she stated “Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive.”
What Are Crimes Against Humanity?
There is nothing wrong if you don’t know what crimes against humanity are. The United Nations has an Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. That is a good place to start. Their crimes against humanity definition is provided on the following web page.
Within the provided definition is an exhaustive list of inhumane acts. The common thread between the acts in the list is they intentionally cause great suffering or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.
Who Is Ilhan Omar and Who Is She Not?
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is not new to controversy. As early as 2016, she faced claims her second husband, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, was her brother. To this claim, Omar responded in a statement, “Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive.”
The Latest Ilhan Omar Controversy
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D – Minn) recently drew criticism for comments interpreted by some as drawing an equivalency between the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. In a tweet, she began her post by saying, “we must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.” Following this was the statement, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and The Taliban.” This tweet came after a hearing she participated in as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Shortly thereafter, a group of House Democrats put out a statement calling on Omar to clarify her comments, partly saying, “The United States and Israel are imperfect, and like all democracies, deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups.” Fellow democrats such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib had no problem coming to Omar’s defense, partly saying in a tweet, “Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress.” Omar did eventually clarify her comments, saying “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
Fellow Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others welcomed the clarification by Omar, saying “We welcome the clarification from Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and The Taliban.”
The Issue Is Crimes Against Humanity
Unfortunately, as is so often in politics, the real issues get lost in politicians trying to score political points for their constituents and donors. In this case, the issue at play here is crimes against humanity. There is also the issue of ethics in that we have United States politicians taking money from folks who may be actively lobbying for the interests of a foreign government. Needless to say, that is a conflict of interest that should be addressed. How that relates is when there is enough evidence to suggest these countries have committed crimes against humanity, the investigations get blocked because these politicians fear these lobbyists will no longer support them.
More Info from the Social Media Platforms
- Dem Leaders Look to DeEscalate Omar Drama. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/06/10/omar-back-under-scrutiny-493055. Accessed 12 June 2021.
- About | Representative Ilhan Omar. https://omar.house.gov/about. Accessed 12 June 2021.
- Ilhan Omar Rebuked for Lumping U.S. and Israel with Hamas and The Taliban. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/06/10/ilhan-omar-rebuked-lumping-u-s-and-israel-hamas-and-taliban/7633680002/. Accessed 12 June 2021.
- Jewish Democrats Clash with Ilhan Omar After Comments on U.S> and Israel. https://www.axios.com/ilhan-omar-israel-hamas-democrats-7e778e8d-ba62-4d41-a17e-01235cc9709d.html. Accessed 12 June 2021.
- Ilhan Omar Statement. https://kstp.com/kstpImages/repository/cs/files/Ilhan%20Omar%20Statement.pdf. Accessed 12 June 2021.