Bodega Owners Launch Boycott of NY Post Over Ilhan Omar Headline

Protesters at the White House during an anti-AIPAC demonstration showing support for Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Bodega operators throughout New York City are removing the NY Post from their newsstands because they object to a cover the newspaper ran last week.

In fact, the Yemeni American Merchants Association went so far as to laughably suggest that it could lead to violence against Muslims.

The issue in question referred to Jew-baiting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s gaff in which she all but dismissed the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks.

“On the subject of Islamophobia and “the discomfort of being a second-class citizen,” Omar explained that “CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” notes the Gothamist web site. “Which is to say, Muslim Americans en masse shouldered the blame—and, according to the FBI, the escalating incidence of violent bigotry—for actions perpetrated by a fringe terrorist group, simply by virtue of their faith.”

The Post used Omar’s quote over a photo of the exploding towers, with the headline: “Here’s Your Something.” This was exacerbated a day later when President Trump tweeted a video of the 9/11 attacks together with Omar’s insensitive quote.

Omar speciously responded by claiming she was seeing an increase in death threats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rushed to Omar’s defense, breathlessly telling reporters, “The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger.”

Of course, this is not the first time Yemeni merchants have yowled over what they claimed was unfairness. Less than a year ago, hundred owners of bodegas, grocery stores and other shops owned by Yemeni immigrants closed for eight hours to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order that limits entry for refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Days later, President Trump told local TV station KSTP during a visit to Minnesota that Omar was “extremely unpatriotic and disrespectful to our country. She is somebody that doesn’t really understand, I think, life, real life, what it’s all about. It’s unfortunate — she’s got a way about her that’s very, very bad, I think, for our country.”

When asked by KSTP if he had any second thoughts about tweeting the video, the president said, “No, not at all. Look — she’s been very disrespectful to this country. She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel.”

Only a week ago, Omar condemned one of President Trump’s most trusted advisers, Stephen Miller – who is Jewish – of being “a white nationalist.” Her tweet continued, “The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.”


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