Abrar Omeish, a member of the Fairfax County School Board, opposed a resolution recognizing the 9/11 victims in September 2021, and he now opposes a moment of silence for the victims of the Hamas attacks.
Esam Omeish, Omeish’s father, was the director of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, which employed Anwar al-Awlaki as its imam and eventually ordered his drone assassination by President Barack Obama.
Two of the 9/11 hijackers as well as the shooter in the 2009 Fort Hood, Texas, attack were present at the mosque.
“It might seem simple. Aggressors attacking families in a state, seeking vengeance.” Omeish said.
“We often sympathize with and humanize the side that we relate to, the side that looks more like us which our biases guide us towards.” she said.
“But doing so obscures the root of the violence. Centuries of human history teach us that escalations happen when problems are ignored, realities are denied and voices are censored. When one narrative dominates from the world stage all the way to our classrooms.” she added.
A school board motion calling for a moment of quiet to commemorate 9/11’s twentieth anniversary was opposed by Omeish in 2021.