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U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) takes part with Democratic leaders (including U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left) during the announcement of the introduction of the Equality Act at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2019.
(photo credit: LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS)


Evangelical leader Laurie Cardoza-Moore hand-delivered letters and petitions containing “tens-of-thousands” of signatures to both of the Capitol Hill offices of Nancy Pelosi an Attorney-General William Barr Thursday, in order to remove Ilhan Omar from Congress, demanding a full investigation into Omar’s connections with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cardoza-Moore, currently sits as the President of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) and as a Special Envoy to the United Nations for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC). She also hosts a Christian-Zionist telivision program called Focus on Israel, a show that reaches over two billion viewers spanning across two-hundred nations.

Cardoza-Moore met with a number of Washington lawmakers this week, in addition to Pelosi and Barr, to forward her agenda to remove Omar and affiliated antisemitic and anti-American parties from Congress.

“Ilhan Omar is a self-professed antisemite and a danger to our great country. She is making a mockery of all Americans by sitting in the House of Representatives while publicly raising money for organizations that seek the destruction of our republic,” according to Cardoza-Moore. “We the people demand that a thorough investigation is carried out to ascertain her connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and its American affiliates. Until such time, it would only be appropriate that she stand down from office.”

Cardoza-Moore refers to 18 U.S. Code § 2385. “Advocating overthrow of Government,” for government justification in removing Omar.

The penal code reads: “Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof-Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned…”

The Evangelical leader has championed the removal of Omar from Congress for quite some time now, and has also cited Omar’s relationships with Muslim Brotherhood affiliated groups such as Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) and the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for additional reasoning for removing, cementing her positioning on the Minnesota representative.

According to a report from the Middle East Forum, the founder of Islamic Relief, Hany El-Banna, has ties with a number of organizations affiliated with the Muslim Bortherhood and Hamas, and once sat as the trustee for the Muslim Aid charity accused of funneling money to Hamas.

CAIR in its own right has been known for supporting terrorist organizations that have acted against Israel and the United States, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

FBI investigators uncovered evidence establishing CAIR’s place in the “Palestine Committee,” which was a Muslim Brotherhood-created network aimed at helping Hamas in the United States, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. In 2009, US District Court Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there is “at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas.”

Moreover, the group was officially designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, placing it in the company of al-Qaeda, Islamic State and others.

“CAIR and Hamas are one in the same,” Cardoza-Moore has claimed in the past. “Ilhan Omar openly fund-raising for CAIR means she is not just a rabid antisemite, but a real threat to our national security.”

Just last month Omar was scheduled to speak alongside Yousef Abdallah at a CAIR event. Abdallah has advocated for violence against Jews and expressed antisemitic sentiments on his social media pages in the past.

Hours after The Jerusalem Post reported that Omar would give the keynote address at an Islamic Relief USA dinner alongside an official from the organization known for his antisemitic comments, the congresswoman’s PR team began pushing back, and the event’s marketing materials and online invitations were changed. 

As the media reports surfaced, Abdallah’s name was removed from publicity for the event. Then, a spokesman for the congresswoman, Jeremy Slevin, began posting on social media claiming the articles were inaccurate.

“Yousef Abdallah will not be speaking or attending the event with Rep. Omar and was never scheduled to do so,” Slevin wrote. “Please correct.”

The Post responded by sending Slevin copies of the original event itinerary from the Eventbrite website, as well as a screenshot of the original flyer that listed the two speakers.

“While she has already established her credentials as a vehement anti-Semite, Ilhan Omar is far worse than that. Omar may be in violation of a federal statute for fundraising for two Muslim Brotherhood charities that seek to destroy America.  Omar’s anti-Semitic comments do not reflect the values of Americans,” said Cardoza-Moore. “How can a representative of the United States raise money for terrorist groups that seek our demise and equally serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, or for that matter, as a member of Congress?”

“Omar has gotten a free pass from the leadership of her party, but we the people will not be silent until she is removed from Congress. We are calling on each and every American to join this initiative by visiting our website at PJTN.org to sign the petition as well,” added Cardoza-Moore. “Omar recently accused Jewish lawmakers of dual loyalty to Israel… my question to Omar, is where do your loyalties lie?  Do they lie with the jihadi groups you’re raising money for or to the Constitution you swore to protect? Americans demand a response!”


Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman and Ilanit Chernick contributed to this report.


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