Muslim candidate Ibraheem Samirah is the Democratic nominee for Virginia House of Delegates in the 86th District. He has publicly stated that “giving money to Israel is worse than giving money to the Ku Klux Klan.”
Big League Politics His election takes place later this month, on February 19th. Samirah is up against U.S. Air Force veteran Gregg Nelson in the special election.
Ibraheem Samirah, the Democrat nominee in Virginia’s 86th district House of Delegates election on February 19th, issued a statement Friday evening apologizing for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic social media posts that were published this week.
Samirah, a Muslim born to Palestinian refugees, said that giving money to Israel is worse than giving money to the Ku Klux Klan and wished for the late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon to “burn,” in addition to other hateful screeds.
Samirah is a rabid Israel hater who speaks of the “Israeli occupation” and recently vowed to “avenge” the deaths of Egyptian protesters, according to his own social media posts. Taking from the playbook of his statewide elected idols, Samirah blamed his “impassioned” college days for his actions.
“This slander campaign is using my 5-year old Facebook posts from my impassioned college days, posts that upon reflection and with the blessing of time, I sincerely regret and apologize for. I am so sorry that my ill-chosen words added to the pain of the Jewish community and I seek your understanding and compassion as I prove to you our common humanity,” Samirah stated.
Samirah’s Republican opponent, Air Force veteran Gregg Nelson, is not buying it. This is simply inexcusable on all levels. Antisemitism has no place in our Commonwealth. Especially from individuals in office or seeking office,” Nelson stated.
Samirah has agitated for the BDS movement, which he worked for as the co-founder of American University’s Israel-hating Jewish Voice for Peace chapter.
“This begs me to ask the question: What does my family have to do with a Holocaust that occurred thousands of miles away and henceforth, why does my family have to lose their property rights because of its occurrence? The documentation my grandfather holds is valid in the international courts at the Hague, but Israel does not recognize them nor most international law for that matter,” Samirah wrote in 2014.
“Theres a huge need, within Israel, to cover up its illegal occupation and crimes, hence why its being sanctioned by the world through the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement, a hot and coming movement thats been on the rise for 10 years now. This is all not irrelevant!”
“I do not know what other message God is sending me other than that I am not dead because I am to avenge for the murders of innocent protesters not just in Egypt, but in the entire world,” Samirah said, referring to anti-Sisi Egyptian protesters.
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— Virginia Political Memes (@VApoliticalmeme) February 7, 2019