“It has become commonplace for Leftists to assert that ‘white nationalists’ are a greater threat to Americans than Islamic jihadis,” writes Robert Spencer on Jihad Watch.
By World Israel News Staff
Amid the controversies surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Muslim congresswoman who favors boycotting the State of Israel, a 2018 interview with Al-Jazeera has resurfaced from before she entered Congress in which she says that Americans “should be more fearful of white men across our country” than Muslims “because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country.”
“And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe – Americans safe inside of this country – we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men,” said Omar in the interview, as reported by Fox News on Wednesday.
“It has become commonplace for Leftists to assert that ‘white nationalists’ are a greater threat to Americans than Islamic jihadis,” writes Robert Spencer on the Jihad Watch website, in an article in response published on Thursday.
The argument, Spencer writes, stems from a study conducted by the New America Foundation which, he says, “ignored the many, many foiled jihad plots, and the fact that jihadis are part of an international movement that has killed many thousands of people, while right-wingers and white supremacists are not.”
The study is also “based on the number of those killed by jihadis and by right-wing extremists since September 12, 2001, leaving out 9/11,” he adds.
Even so, Spencer writes, “Counting the Orlando jihad massacre, which took place after the study was published, but leaving out 9/11 as the NAF study did, the death toll stood at 76 killed by Islamic jihadis, and 48 by purported right-wing extremists (I repeat ‘purported’ because to get to its count of 48, the NAF counted as ‘right-wing’ attacks killings that were perpetrated by people who were obviously deranged psychopaths devoid of any ideology).”
Regarding the 9/11 attacks, Omar has been challenged about comments she has made about Al-Qaida, in particular at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fundraiser earlier this year where she referred to the horrific September 11 attack as “some people did something.”
Omar had said that “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.”
CAIR has been accused of being linked to Hamas and has argued that Israel is worse than ISIS.