Ilhan Omar tells Muslim group to 'raise hell' over discrimination

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Black lives and the CBC: What happens to a dream deferred? MORE (D-Minn.) told attendees at a Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) event in Los Angeles to “raise hell” against discrimination Saturday, according to the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif.

“I say raise hell, make people uncomfortable,” Omar said, according to the publication. “Because here’s the truth. For far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of living as second class citizens and I’m tired of it.”

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“Muslims are told that we should not bother anyone, not make any kind of noise, be a good Muslim,” Omar said, according to the publication. “But no matter how much we have tried to be the best neighbor, people have always worked on finding a way to not allow for every single civil liberty to be extended to us.”

Omar is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, along with fellow freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (D-Mich.). 

At least 1,000 protesters gathered outside the speech, carrying Trump paraphernalia, Israeli and American flags and signs juxtaposing Omar with a swastika, according to the Press-Enterprise.

Omar has attracted controversy in recent months over her criticism of pro-Israel lobbying groups and her suggestion that they promote allegiance to a foreign country, as well as a since-deleted tweet saying politicians' support of Israel was "all about the Benjamins," which critics said invoked anti-Semitic stereotypes of "dual loyalty" to America and Israel.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBack to the future: In January 2021 America needs to rejoin the world and start leading again Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kong's freedom, remember America's revolution MORE, while not naming Omar, lamented “anti-Semitic language … even in the great halls of our own Capitol” last week, while the same weekend as Omar’s speech, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse to vote on removing bust of Supreme Court justice who wrote Dred Scott ruling Black Caucus unveils next steps to combat racism Democrats expect Russian bounties to be addressed in defense bill MORE (D-Md.) told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference “when someone accuses American supporters of Israel of dual loyalty, I say: Accuse me.”