Embattled school board member Abrar Omeish has again made national and even global headlines — this time for highly divisive, far-left rhetoric during Justice High School’s June 7 graduation ceremony.
“We struggle with human greed, racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, white supremacy, growing wealth gaps, disease, climate crisis, extreme poverty amidst luxury and waste right next door, and the list goes on,” Omeish told graduates. “You are walking into a world that will be uncomfortable when you seek to cause good trouble. And that may seek to intimidate you or make you think the truth is controversial.”
In Arabic, the school board member urged students to remember “jihad.” As Fairfax-based journalist Luke Rosiak noted, “Much of the speech appeared designed to signal that she is unrepentant for a recent tweet in which she called Israel a colonizing state that ‘desecrates the Holy Land’ and ‘kills Palestinians.'”
While Omeish, along with her colleagues on the board, talks endlessly of “social justice,” county students — including students of color — continue to suffer. Even before COVID-19, Justice High School was leaving many of its students behind. The high school’s dropout rate was 11.49 percent in 2019, and 19.42 percent of its students were “chronically absent,” resulting in accreditation “with conditions.” Justice High’s Great Schools rating is abysmally low: 2/10. “This school is far below the state average in key measures of college and career readiness,” Great Schools says.