Minneapolis (SD) -Ilhan Omar, a member of the United States House of Representatives, has expressed concerns about the impact on her family’s life after receiving threats stemming from her criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Ilhan, who is a Somali-American, represents Minnesota, issued a statement revealing the Islamophobic rhetoric and threats she has received, which have affected her and her family.
Ilhan stated that she and other American Muslims have become the targets of hate-filled messages due to their vocal opposition to Israel’s actions in Gaza.
She highlighted the inflammatory comments made by right-wing lawmakers, including her colleagues, as well as from pro-Israel advocacy groups.
A voicemail message sent to Ilhan’s office informing her that far-right extremist groups are actively monitoring her family.
Those who contacted her alleged that they had obtained all of Ilhan’s home addresses, as reported by US Media. In a strongly worded statement concerning the conflict in Gaza, Ilhan explicitly condemned Hamas’s attack on October 7th.
However, her stance, alongside other progressive members of Congress, has led to criticism, particularly from those who support Israel. Ilhan’s ordeal underscores the broader issue of the heightened tensions and polarization surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both within the United States and internationally.
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