Abrar Omeish, A Fairfax County Public Schools school board member, vehemently opposed a 9/11 resolution honoring the victims of the terror attacks. Fairfax County is near the Pentagon, and Omeish lives with her father Esam.
Esam “was a director of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, and hired as its imam by Anwar al-Awlaki, who President Barack Obama later ordered killed by drone strike” reports the Daily Wire. Two of the 9/11 hijackers attended Esam’s mosque. So did the 2009 shooter of the Fort Hood, Texas massacre.
The school board member did not want to honor the victims of 9/11, yet called for a school system “where all pain and trauma is acknowledged as legitimate and worthy of recognition.” The trauma she refers to, is her own, from being a Muslim.
She claimed a moment of silence marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a resolution by the school board, was not “anti-racist.” She added that while 9/11 was “jarring” and a “historic turning point in our nation’s history” she was against the resolution because it failed to address “state-sponsored traumas” to Muslims.
The “state-sponsored traumas” she refers to is “just two years ago, even I was profiled as a threat, in one of the most traumatic experiences of my life.” The Daily Wire notes the incident she speaks of is when she was pulled over by a police officer for running a red light.
Omeish was “removed from her car for repeatedly refusing to show her license” reports the Daily Wire. Nonetheless, the school board meeting became about her traffic infraction, not the terror attacks of September 11.
In June, she gave a graduation speech to a “mainly-immigrant class of high schoolers” and warned them they were entering a world filled with “white supremacy” and encouraged the students to remember their “jihad.”
As for the school board’s resolution, she stated, “I vote against this today because our omission of these realities causes harm. We are elevating a traumatic event without sufficient cultural competence.”
She added, teachers should “share the history and lessons learned from this tragic day with their students and to correct misconceptions and stereotypes about all cultures and religions in a sensitive manner.”