Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a progressive member of the so-called “Squad” who has been said to have a “problem with Jews,” drew the ire of a Somaliland official and colleagues in the U.S. Congress last week for a talk in which she appeared to adopt a Somalia-first approach.
“We were profoundly surprised, even shocked on discovering the remarks,” Rhoda Elmi, deputy foreign affairs minister of Somaliland, wrote on social media. “The language she employed was regrettably unbecoming of both the office she holds and the constituents she represents
Omar says that she was misquoted, and that rather than saying—as Elmi suggested—that “As Somalis, one day we will go after our missing territories,” she actually said that no one will take Somalia’s “sea.”
Somaliland declared its independence from Somalia in 1991 but most countries, including the United States, don’t see it as independent.
Scholars told JNS that the progressive, Mogadishu-born Democrat is acting inconsistently when she denounces the Jewish state for “occupying” Palestinian areas but insists that Somaliland doesn’t have the right to be independent of Somalia