Ilhan Omar Says She Is ‘Enormously Proud’ Of Daughter After Arrest, Suspension

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said on Friday that she was “enormously proud” of her daughter after she was arrested on Thursday for participating in an anti-Israel protest at Columbia University, causing unrest on the school campus.

In a post to X, Omar wrote, “I am enormously proud of my daughter @israhirsi. She has always led with courage and compassion, from organizing a statewide school walk out on the 20th anniversary of Columbine at the age of 15, to leading the biggest youth climate rally at our nation’s Capitol at 16, and now pushing her school to stand against genocide.”

“Stepping up to change what you can’t tolerate is why we as a country have the right to speech, assembly, and petition enshrined in our constitution,” she added.

As seen in photos that surfaced on X, Hirsi was placed in zip ties or flex cuffs and taken to the NYPD vehicle after she refused to leave the “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” set up by anti-Israel protesters at Columbia University’s main lawn.

Hirsi had been one of over 100 students who were arrested at the campus encampment on Thursday. She was later released from jail shortly after her arrest. However, sources told Fox News that she will face trespassing charges.

In addition to her arrest, Hirsi was also suspended from Barnard College, which is Columbia’s partner school, for her participation in the protest.

She announced this in a post on X, writing, “I’m an organizer with CU Apartheid Divest @ColumbiaSJP, in my 3 years at @BarnardCollege i have never been reprimanded or received any disciplinary warnings. I just received notice that i am 1 of 3 students suspended for standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide.”

Amid all the criticism she got, Hirsi received support from other members of the far-Left Squad like her mom, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) challenging the school’s decision.

“What is going on here @BarnardCollege @Columbia? How does a student with no disciplinary record suddenly get to a suspension less than 24 hours after a nonviolent protest? What merits asymmetric crackdowns on Palestinian human rights protests?” she wrote.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wrote, “From UM to Vanderbilt to USC to Columbia, students across our country are being retaliated against for using their constitutional rights to protest genocide. It’s appalling.”

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) also weighed in to accused the school of participating in “political reprisals.”

“The day after @IlhanMN questioned Columbia leadership’s commitment to free academic expression, the school suspended her daughter? It’s clear what is happening here. Our educational institutions should not be in the business of political reprisals,” he wrote.

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