Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) mocked pro-Israel activists during a speech Saturday at a fundraising event for the Council of American-Islamic Relations at the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, more than 1,000 people protested outside the event, waved American and Israeli flags, and accused Omar of anti-Semitism. The demonstrators also held banners that read, "CAIR hates Jews," "Ilhan hates Israel," and "Burn the Koran."
Hundreds outside the Woodland Hills Hilton right now protesting Rep. Ilhan Omar's appearance at a CAIR fundraiser tonight. Crowd's going wild for a bride walking out of the hotel pic.twitter.com/bJgOsdrrLE
— Ariella Plachta (@AriPlachta) March 23, 2019
Omar referred to the protestors as "very fascinating people" who are angry about a "Muslim woman who is in Congress."
"I don't think any of them realize that people like myself and many of the people in this room could care less about what they have to say," she added.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) mocks the "very fascinating" pro-Israel demonstrators who were protesting her yesterday: "But I don't think any of them realize that people like myself and many of the people in this room could care less about what they have to say" pic.twitter.com/k9ZkluGJmW
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 24, 2019
The Congresswoman also blamed President Donald Trump for the recent mass shooting in New Zealand that left dozens dead.
"We all kind of knew that this was happening," she said. "But the reason I think that many of us knew that this was going to get worse is that we finally had a leader in the White House who publicly says Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is OK to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying."
Omar has been the center of controversy over her repeated comments about Israel and the Jewish people.
In 2012, the Somali-born congresswoman tweeted, "Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel."
Last month, she appeared on a news program and accused Israel of not being a real democracy because it is a Jewish State. She also wrote that US support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins baby" and implied that Jewish organizations like AIPAC have bribed American lawmakers.