Jewish Organizations Rebuke County School Board Member

Two major Jewish organizations rebuked Abrar Omeish this week, following the embattled school board member’s incendiary anti-Israel rhetoric. On May 13, Omeish wrote that Israel perpetrates “apartheid” and “colonization”; “desecrates the Holy Land” and “kills Palestinians.” To date, Omeish has not retracted her inflammatory words; they can still be viewed on the board member’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) intended to honor Omeish at the organization’s annual meeting, held on May 20. On the eve of that meeting, however, JCRC announced its reversal of that decision:

During conversations between JCRC representatives and Ms. Omeish after the Tweet was posted, the JCRC conveyed the hurt experienced by the Jewish community and offered Ms. Omeish an opportunity to meaningfully amend her remarks. Unfortunately, she has continued to stoke the flames of division and acrimony: She has not taken down her tweet, she has not taken affirmative steps to try to stem the vitriolic, hateful rhetoric on social media triggered by her remarks, and she seems uninterested in being a voice for authentic empathy, grace, and healing.

JCRC leaders took “no pleasure” in their decision. “We cannot in good conscience offer this celebratory award that would have recognized and elevated months of work and partnership because she has spent the last week tearing those efforts down,” they lamented (read the full statement here).

Stop Antisemitism, a national organization based in New York City, echoed JCRC’s statement a day later:

In a separate tweet, Stop Antisemitism noted that dozens of Jewish families reached out with concerns about Omeish. Stop Antisemitism additionally hailed JCRC’s decision “to put what’s right over what’s popular.”

The Fairfax GOP believes that Omeish should apologize and resign, to allow for healing to begin. “Instead of focusing on core educational issues, Abrar Omeish is busy fomenting hatred and division,” Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts said on May 15. “Fairfax County deserves better. Omeish should resign or be removed from the school board.”

Knotts reiterated his concerns during a May 18 interview on WMAL’s Larry O’Connor Show. “We’re talking about our kids here, and the people setting the curriculum to teach them,” Knotts said.

UPDATE (JUNE 29, 2021): Another major, national Jewish organization has condemned Omeish’s bigotry — and the school district’s failure to defend the rights of Jewish students; read more here.

Share This Article:

Newsletter Signup

Sign up to be the first to receive news and events from Fairfax GOP!
Electing Republicans At Every Level


Powered by VOTEGTR

Early Voting is On!

Make a plan to vote!
Get your custom sample ballot and local precinct polling info here:
No thanks. Take me back to the Fairfax GOP home page.

2024 U.S. Senate & Congressional Primary

GOP Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 18

Election Calendar

  • Early voting opens 5/3
  • 5/28 – Deadline to register to vote (otherwise, same-day registration with provisional ballot)
  • 6/7 – Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot​
  • 6/8 - One of two Saturdays open for early voting, and additional early voting locations open.
  • Early Voting ends 6/15
  • 6/18 – Election Day

We need you on our team in '24.

Get active in the effort to take back Fairfax County from the progressives hellbent on raising taxes, coddling criminals, and socializing public schools.
First things first. Are you receiving info about local GOP events and elections?

No problem. We can fix that right now.

Thanks. We won’t overload your inbox, but we will keep you in the loop on important Fairfax GOP info and events.

Do you want to recieve news of events via text msg?
By providing your phone number, you are consenting to receive recurring calls and SMS/MMS campaign and donation messages, including autodialed and automated calls and texts to that number from the Fairfax County Republican Committee. Msg & data rates may apply. You agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Text HELP for help and STOP to stop. Msg & data rates may apply.

The Fairfax GOP is recruiting new members who agree we need to draw a line in the sand and take our county back from the progressives.

Would you consider joining the Fairfax GOP as a voting member so you can have your say on committee business, candidates, and policy resolutions?*
No thanks. Take me back to the Fairfax GOP home page.