Yemeni bodega owners call for New York Post boycott over Omar cover

A coalition of more than 1,000 Yemeni-American bodega owners have announced a boycott of the New York Post after the tabloid ran a cover using images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to blast Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProtesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death block LA freeway Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Appeals court rejects claims that Facebook, Twitter suppress conservative views MORE (D-Minn.)

In a statement, the Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA) said it “strongly condemn[ed]” the cover, describing it as an “editorial decision to provoke hatred and fear.”

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“Omar is an American who represents and serves this country as an unapologetically Muslim American,” the YAMA wrote. “Taking her words out of context is unacceptable. This action aims to harm Rep Omar and her family and other people of the Islamic faith.”

YAMA leaders said they were not yet sure how long the boycott would last. “It’s not the first time that the New York Post basically spreads hate and fear in their newspapers,” YAMA Director of Advocacy Ayyad Algabyali told the Guardian. “This might be for good.”

Last week, conservatives resurfaced a speech from last month that Omar made to the Council on American Islamic Relations in which she said Muslim civil rights groups were necessary due to some people equating all Muslims with the 9/11 hijackers.

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.

Conservatives have accused Omar of minimizing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP lawmakers call for new sanctions on senior Chinese officials Michigan suspends license of barber who vowed to keep his shop open 'until Jesus comes' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Hurd says China engaged in global disinformation campaign; US unemployment highest since Great Depression MORE (R-Texas) and “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, who questioned whether Omar was “an American first.” President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes MORE escalated the attacks, tweeting a video of the attacks intercut with Omar’s speech.

 

Omar’s allies have said she was taken out of context and accused her critics of inciting violence against her, which conservatives deny. Democrats note that a New York man was recently arrested for allegedly threatening to murder her and that she was a stated target of a Coast Guard official who included her on a “hit list” along with liberal media figures and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRecovery First: The American comeback shouldn't hinge on warmed-over policy agendas Ocasio-Cortez blames 'political power' of police for lack of accountability following George Floyd's death The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama MORE (D-N.Y.).

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (D-Mich.), who, with Omar, is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, said the Post cover was "evoking painful imagery to spread hate."

The YAMA was formed in the wake of President Trump's 2017 ban on travel from several Muslim-majority nations. More than 1,000 retailers announced they would shut down for eight hours in protest of the order, which included Yemen. 

News Corporation, the Post’s parent company, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.