DALIA AL-AQIDIMay 08, 2021 23:192256
Several candidates in various US states have already begun their campaigns for the House of Representatives and the Senate in next year’s midterm elections.
Islamist “progressive” politicians such as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who adopted and spread the narrative of American “Islamophobia and racism,” seem to inspire others to use the victim card to win votes. And why not? It worked for them.
Rana Abdelhamid, a young Egyptian American woman who is running to unseat Carolyn Maloney, a fellow Democrat, in New York’s 12th congressional district, portrays herself in her campaign video as another victim of hatred in the US. “I was 16 years old when a man grabbed my hijab in a broad daylight and tried to rip it from my head. I felt powerless, abused, and scared,” she says.
In Virginia, another Islamist “progressive” is trying to win another term as a state delegate. Ibraheem Samirah also sees himself as a victim. He says in his election video: “My father traveled to Jordan to care for his ill mother and was denied re-entry to the U.S. by the Bush Administration. My family uprooted and relocated to stay together and fight for my father’s reinstatement.”
Samirah did not tell his constituents who his father and role model was, and why he was not allowed to return to the US in 2003. Sabri Samirah was a spokesman for the Islamic Action Front party and in 2011 he was introduced by Al Jazeera TV as a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. He was also the chairman of the Islamic Association for Palestine, which provided both propaganda and fundraising services to Hamas, according to US court records.
When Ibrahim wanted to praise his father, he simply said that he had learned from him how to properly sacrifice his life for Palestine. One might ask, why would a US politician sacrifice his life for a foreign country?
Islamists are gaining momentum in the US due to the new trend set by the far left, the so-called “progressives,” who are targeting the core of the US under the pretext of defending human rights, justice, and freedom.
Do all Muslim immigrants hate the US? Absolutely not.
Are all Muslim Americans radicals? Absolutely not.
Are secular Muslims uninterested in US politics? Absolutely not.
It is vital for the American voter to comprehend the danger of the Islamists and their agenda, and understand that Islamists are using division and the demand for racial justice to win their votes.
Most Americans are not aware of the huge difference between the terms “Muslim” and “Islamist,” so they place all Muslim immigrants in the same category as Omar and Tlaib, which makes it hard for a non-Islamist to pursue a political career.
While secular Muslims have no proper representation in the US, Islamist politicians are backed by a few large Muslim organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is known for its support of Muslim Democrat and “progressive” politicians.
CAIR’s co-founder and executive director Nihad Awad, who is a big fan of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the “godfather” of the Muslim Brotherhood, does not hide his feelings. He publicly praises the Turkish president for his leadership and support for Islamist movements around the world.
Clearly Awad has chosen to ignore the human rights violations committed by the Turkish regime, the thousands of innocent people thrown in Erdogan’s prisons, and the lack of freedoms in the country that he frequented. It is worth noting that Awad introduced Ilhan Omar to Erdogan during his visit to New York city in 2016, before her bid for public office.
American secular Muslims need to gather themselves under a national umbrella to be more effective and to raise awareness of the danger of the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical groups that are trying to infiltrate the US political arena to serve foreign agendas against the interests of America, its people, and its allies.
It is vital for the American voter to comprehend the danger of the Islamists and their agenda, and understand that Islamists are using division and the demand for racial justice to win their votes. The track records of congresswomen Omar and Tlaib proves that their priorities are focused away from the districts and the constituents they were elected to represent.
Islamists in America need to be canceled, abolished, and defunded.
• Dalia Al-Aqidi is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. Twitter: @DaliaAlAqidiDisclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Arab News’ point-of-view