In a recent interview with AJ+, embattled school board member Abrar Omeish “doubled down” on her anti-Israel screeds, which many have characterized as hateful and needlessly divisive, if not deeply anti-Semitic, in nature. “There is no chance I am resigning,” Omeish told AJ+, which is owned by Al Jazeera and funded by the government of Qatar.
Omeish created a firestorm of controversy by accusing Israel of “apartheid” and “colonization.”
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.
Gary Aiken, a Jewish father with kids in Fairfax County Public Schools, joined WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall radio program yesterday, to discuss his concerns about school board member Abrar Omeish’s recent attacks on Israel. “Ms. Omeish, like many 26 year-olds, knows the power of social media. It can promote great things, but it can also destroy,” Aiken noted. “We expect our school board members to set a positive example for our kids.”