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Rep. Ilhan Omar to headline fundraising event for organization with ties to terrorism, Islamic extremism

One country has even designated the organization a terrorist group

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Amid outcry over her apparent anti-Semitic biases, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is scheduled to headline a fundraising event next month organized by a group with ties to Islamic extremism.

What are the details?

Fresh off her latest controversy for using an anti-Semitic trope on social media, Omar was announced as the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Valley Banquet fundraiser for the Los Angeles chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations on March 23.

According to a bulletin for the event, tables are selling for $500.

CAIR is a controversial organization with known ties to extremist groups. In 2008, the group was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Case, in which the HLF and five of its leaders were convicted of providing material support to Hamas, a Palestinian extremist group recognized as a terrorist organization.

The United Arab Emirates has also designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

Conservative Review has more on who will address the CAIR event alongside Omar:

She will deliver her address alongside CAIR-Florida director Hassan Shibly, according to a CAIR flier promoting the event. Shibly is a dedicated Islamist and bigoted gay basher. A fan of radical clerics, he has routinely refused to categorize U.S.-designated terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, according to the Clarion Project. Moreover, Shibly regularly takes to social media to demonize the U.S. military as equivalent to the jihadi terrorists that they are fighting.

The director of CAIR-Los Angeles is Hussam Ayloush, who, like many CAIR executives, has disturbing Islamist views. Following the tragic San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Ayloush suggested that the United States was "partly responsible" for the ISIS-led attack on innocents in California. "Let's not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism," he added. Ayloush has in the past described U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a campaign to instill "fear of the Muslims."

What happened last week?

Omar last week apologized after she suggested the Republican Party's near unanimous support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins." She later doubled down, claiming the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, pays Republicans to support Israel.

Her comments generated widespread backlash from both sides of the aisle. Later acknowledging the anti-Semitism in her comments, Omar appeared to double down in her apology, condemning the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics," again targeting AIPAC.

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