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Ilhan Omar, Chair of the House Marital Affairs Committee

Have you ever married a sibling? Like, say, a Somalian Muslim immigrant, who wears a kerchief over her head to connote deep religious integrity and modesty, marrying her brother?

What is that like? I mean, really. Can you imagine the quarrels at home?

“You know what I hate most about you?”


“I hate your parents. They are the worst Satanic in-laws a man ever could be stuck with!”

“Well, the people you are calling Satanic are your parents, too.”

“Don’t you dare speak that way about my parents! I’m talking now about your parents!”

“My parents are just watching out for me. They warned me not to marry you. They had a private detective check you out, and they told me you’re no good. But I didn’t listen to them.”

“Well, all I can say is that now I understand the difference between in-laws and out-laws.”

“And what’s that?”

“Outlaws are WANTED.”

And then the arguments about the siblings. “I hate your sister. She has a big mouth and is so self-obsessed. All she talks about is herself.”

“She’s your sister, too.”

“Oh? So you’re gonna start that again?”

I am proud of Speaker Kevin McCarthy for kicking Ilhan Omar’s keister off the House Foreign Affairs Committee. If Steve King of Iowa could not sit on any House committee, and if Marjorie Taylor Greene could be denied her right to sit on committees, and if Paul Gosar was also denied the right, the day long was overdue to let Brett Maher of the Cowboys place-kick Ilhan Omar’s derriere as far as he could, no matter where it lands, be it J Street, her Minnesota district, or Somalia. She is a disgrace to America, even if one American congressional district is populated by a majority of Jew-haters who can overlook inbreeding.

Greene tweeted some profoundly foolish things belying ignorance before she gained the opportunity to leave a bubble and learn facts, to self-assess, and even to apologize publicly. Paul Gosar and she both belonged on House committees to serve their constituents. The Democrats had no right to ban them from all possible committee assignments. Likewise, the Democrats had no right to ban Jim Jordan from the Jan. 6 Committee and to deny McCarthy the right to name his Republican candidates for that committee. Instead, Nancy Pelosi ran roughshod over all rules of comity and instead appointed Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger as her pet Republicans.

The entire Democrat caucus stood behind Pelosi’s tyrannical effort at one-party rule. Had even a few decent ones told her that they cannot back those decisions, she would have been compelled to retreat for lack of numbers. But they stood behind her, establishing a new precedent that hopefully will end when some kind of collegiality returns to Congress. The only good thing that came from Pelosi’s tyranny — and it is a very good thing — is that she thereby killed the political career of former Rep. Adam Kinzinger and obliterated Liz Cheney. If Pelosi had not done so, elevating Cheney as her Republican ploy, the GOP mainstream would have remained unaware of how bad she is. Then, when McCarthy later would prove unable to rally a majority to elect him as speaker, Liz Cheney almost surely would have emerged as the perfect compromise candidate: woman, token lesbian, solid right-wing Wyoming no-nonsense fighter. Instead, Pelosi exposed the RINO — just in the nick of time.

Back to Somalian Brotherly Love.

Can you imagine the headlines if it turned out that George Santos had married a sibling? Or Jim Jordan? Remember all the filthy and disgusting leftist implications that Trump had a thing for Ivanka merely because he described her as beautiful?

We know this: Ilhan Omar married some guy named Ahmed Hirsi in a Muslim ceremony in 2002. They had two kids and then split in 2008. She married Ahmed Elmi in 2009. Although she is so religious that she covers her hair as a modest and pure Muslim woman, and she speaks of herself as a Muslim, she was married by a Christian minister. Elmi is the brother. She then had another child with Hirsi while married to Elmi.

But let’s not stop with Bro. There’s one Tim Mynett. We are talking foreign affairs here — and domestic. Here’s the scenario:

You arrive in America from some dirt-poor crummy wasteland country. You have no money to speak of. You wear a scarf because you are oh-so-religious, oh-so-pure, oh-so-sexually modest. Eventually, you marry someone beside or alongside your brother. Big o’ her, if not bigamy? And then you get elected to Congress because you are in a district that is 1/435th of America, with a concentration of Jew-haters and anti-American ingrates who really can love a person who compares America (and Israel) to Hamas and the Taliban. And now, as a congresswoman, you need campaign funds to pay for political consultants. And you also would not mind becoming really rich. So you hire a guy to do your public — uh, relations — and you pay his company nearly $1 million for consulting and ad buys. And it’s not your money but that of your campaign donors. But he’s your employed consultant.

But even though you are married — maybe to one guy, maybe to two — you start sleeping with the consultant. So, when the scarf is down, filed in the box labeled “Religious Piety,” it is adultery time — sexual congress while in Congress. Meanwhile, that guy is married, too — and he has a 13-year-old. So he’s committing adultery. The love birds finally decide to divorce their spouses and marry each other. And all the wealth transferred to him from her campaign funds now becomes part of her life, too. Who says that grime does not pay?

For a religiously devout woman who rues that America is not more like Somalia, the hole where she grew up to hate Jews, welcome to the American Way.

In an era when a Steve King and a Marjorie Taylor Greene and a Paul Gosar can be denied committee assignments, this ethically repulsive and morally repugnant hater does not belong on the House Foreign Affairs Committee or on any committee. OK, maybe a Marital Affairs Committee. The issue transcends her First Amendment right to hate Jews and to accuse us of every stereotype the German Nazis used. She, the foreign affairs expert who referred to 9/11 as the time “some people did something.”

So here’s my take. There was a Seinfeld episode where Jerry’s dentist, Dr. Whatley, converts to Judaism. Soon, the dentist is telling Jerry all sorts of Jewish jokes, the kinds only Jews can tell other Jews. Jerry is upset and complains to Dr. Whatley’s former priest: “I am convinced he converted to Judaism just for the jokes,” Jerry kvetches. The priest inquires: “And this offends you as a Jew?” Jerry responds: “No. This offends me as a comedian.”

I react on two different levels to Speaker McCarthy’s punting Ilhan Omar’s Jew-hating immoral patoot from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. As a Jew, I am offended that it took so long to dispatch her. I am offended that Pelosi would not do it and that so-called “Jewish” Democrats like Jerold Nadler and Ted Deutch and Brad Sherman did not stand up to her as they do when brazenly criticizing the prime minister of Israel. I am offended that, even now, not one Democrat joined in voting Omar off, even though they imposed worse sanctions on Greene and Gosar, banning them from all committees, not just one. And this is why some 90 percent of Orthodox Jews now are Republican. We who observe Judaism, live Judaism from kosher diets to Sabbath observance, and who dress publicly as Jews (with such garments as yarmulkas) are on the front line of encountering anti-Semitism. So good riddance.

And as a conservative Republican, I have awaited some GOP backbone in Washington. For decades, Democrats have broken all rules of civility and rubbed Republican noses in the mud. Look at how they abused and brazenly lied about Robert Bork, Clement Haynsworth, G. Harrold Carswell, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh. They unfairly denied Greene and Gosar committee seats and denied the GOP its right to name its representatives to the Jan. 6 Committee. If they had the votes, they were ready to dispense with the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, and add Puerto Rico and D.C. as states.

However, whenever the tables turn, and Republicans can reciprocate, Democrats and their left-wing media stooges lecture: “Don’t you dare retaliate. You’re too good for that.”

The time has been long overdue for the GOP to demonstrate — not by words but by deeds — that, no, we are not too good for that. You throw our people off committees? Well, we will throw your Jew-haters and liars and intelligence risks off committees. Let Swalwell sleep with Fang Fang; at least it’s not his sister’s fangs clawing into our national intelligence. But get him and the deeply dishonest Schiff off Intelligence. You attack our judges? We will call out yours. And we will keep reciprocating until you return to the rules of comity, civility, and decency. Until then, we will be just as you are — with only one exception:

We won’t sleep with our siblings.


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Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., is Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values (comprising over 2,000 Orthodox rabbis), was adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools for nearly 20 years, and is Rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. He was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before practicing complex civil litigation for a decade at three of America’s most prominent law firms: Jones Day, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. He likewise has held leadership roles in several national Jewish organizations, including Zionist Organization of America, Rabbinical Council of America, and regional boards of the American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation. His writings have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Federalist, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, and Israel Hayom. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit. Other writings are collected at
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