(ConservativeSense.com) – A school board member in Fairfax County, Virginia, has described the US victory at Iwo Jima as “evil” and said it should not have happened.
Abrar Omeish, who was elected to the school board in 2019, said Iwo Jima “unfortunately happened” and “set a record for really what, I hate to say, human evil is capable of.” She said she had been approached by members of the local community regarding Japanese remembrance day and said this should cause us to reflect on our history. She then mentioned Holocaust remembrance day in an apparent comparison between the systematic murder of millions of Jews and the US battle in Japan.
The Battle of Iwo Jima took place in 1945. US forces landed on the island and eventually took control of it from the Imperial Japanese Army. The island was strategically significant because it was the site of two major military airfields used by Japan. A photo taken following the US victory, of servicemen raising the American flag, became an iconic symbol of US efforts in World War II.
Omeish has stoked controversy in the past with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric. In a post on Twitter, she accused the Jewish state of colonization and apartheid, as well as the desecration of the “holy land.”
Fairfax County School Board has similarly been forced to apologize when a teacher used antisemitic tropes in an art project in 2019.
The creep of anti-Americanism and antisemitism into US schools has been ongoing for some years. It is having the effect of reducing patriotism across the country. In 2020, a Gallup poll found the lowest levels of pride in America ever recorded. The poll revealed that 42% are “extremely proud” to be Americans – the lowest since polling on the issue began in 2001. Among those aged 18 – 34, patriots are a minority. Only 4 in 10 from that age group say they are proud to be Americans.
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