At Least Omeish’s Commencement Speech Wasn’t Boring

by Kerry Dougherty

Remember your high school commencement address?

Of course you don’t.

It was delivered by some semi-important person from your community who read a boilerplate speech off 3×5 file cards. An unwritten rule of graduation speeches declared that speakers must expound on three things: “milestones,” “success” and the “future.” So, as he or she prattled on, you either dozed or daydreamed about the parties you were heading to as soon as you could ditch your cap and gown.

You were lucky.

Much luckier than the 505 graduates at Falls Church “Justice” High School last week. The school formerly known as J.E.B. Stuart High School.

At their June 7 graduation, students were treated to anti-Israel firebrand Abrar Omeish, a member of the far-left Fairfax County School Board, who made news last month when there was a demand for her to resign over a nasty anti-Israel tweet:

Eid Mubarak! Congrats on 30 days of worship! Hurts my heart to celebrate while Israel kills Palestinians & desecrates the Holy Land right now. Apartheid & colonization were wrong yesterday and will be today, here and there. May justice + truth prevail.

Omeish generated national outrage over her Tweet but she didn’t back down. Perhaps she’s hoping to use her position on school board as a stepping stone to Congress where she can join The Squad.

Undaunted by criticism, Omeish ranted her way through a graduation diatribe on June 7 that she gave in multiple languages claiming — among other things — that Virginia was built on land stolen from the Manahoac people.

There was more. Of course there was more.

For extensive excerpts of this nutty speech, go to Luke Rosiak’s piece on The Daily Wire.

‘We struggle with human greed, racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism, white supremacy, growing wealth gaps, disease, climate crisis, extreme poverty amidst luxury and waste right next door, and the list goes on.”

Lovely sentiments to be spreading to an audience with a very high number of children who are immigrants to the U.S. from a variety of countries.

Omeish frequently lapsed into Arabic and other languages. I heard the word “jihad” during one of her Arabic detours. The Daily Mail was able to translate:

But when she repeated the speech in Arabic, she told students to remember their ‘jihad’ – meaning holy war waged on behalf of Islam, according to Merriam Webster.

Great. Just what we want graduating from Virginia’s high schools. A bunch of brainwashed jihadis.

The Mail provided a little Omeish family background.

Her Libya-born father Esam Omeish, a surgeon, was forced to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration in 2007 when video emerged from the year before, showing him condemning Israel and advocating ‘the jihad way.’

In the recording of the Justice High school speech that I watched, the cameras were fixed on the speaker. There was no way to know how many — if any — parents marched up to their offspring, yanked them from their seats and dragged them away from this appalling claptrap.

At the very least, Omeish’s speech was inappropriate. Then again, her antagonistic attitude toward America and Western values is emblematic of what the left is doing to school children.

There’s only one way to get this poison out of the schools: Vote it out.

And bring back boring commencement speeches.

This column is republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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24 responses to “At Least Omeish’s Commencement Speech Wasn’t Boring”

  1. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    Yes! Now that’s diversity right there. I am all in for people getting to hear the truth about all cultures. Let all people speak. And let all people decide what they want to hear, teach their children, and practice as a society.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      $#!t. Bang on!

  2. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    There are a lot of 5th columnists that have been imported into the country by the communist democratic party. Time to round them all up and ship them back to their country of origin.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      What? No killing, no torture, just deport? You guys are slipping! “Welcome to America where you are free to think like me.”

      1. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        Says the poster who chastises anyone who doesn’t agree with his pickled deluded mind.

    2. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
      Dick Hall-Sizemore

      You are out of luck. She was born in the United States. She is already in her country of origin.

  3. Matt Adams Avatar
    Matt Adams

    She’s free to speak her mind, as are those who disagree with her sentiments. Probably wasn’t the best platform for her speech, but that’s as the school decided.

  4. dick dyas Avatar
    dick dyas

    I might see this nut job speaking at W&L High School ( oops, Washington High School), but not at the more upscale Jeb Stuart ( oops, again).
    I bet there were a lot of uncomfortable parents sitting in the heat. That’s what you get when you ignore your civic duty of oversight.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      That “discomfort” you’re feeling is called “guilt”.

  5. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    We should have more speakers from fringe groups in public spaces. No censoring, let them speak. Most people “think” they know the positions of these groups. And they vote based on what they “think” and not the truth.

  6. Steve Gillispie Avatar
    Steve Gillispie

    Thanks for this confirmation of rot in our educational systems and those responsible for overseeing them.

    Not much different than what they are being taught in the classrooms in high school and universities, of course without an alternative viewpoint.

    Maybe there’s a positive in that parents and taxpayers got a good first-hand look at the Islamist agenda and what is passing as “education” and “inspiration” today.

  7. She can say whatever she wants, but commencement addresses should focus on the graduates and should celebratory, not an opportunity for the speaker to promote an agenda.

  8. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive


    Hmmm, jihad, eh? Imagine that. And, in a country that declares a war every other year, e.g., War on Povery, War on Drugs, War on Crime, Terror, War, Housing Shortage, Medical Costs… War on War Metaphors… and finally a War on Voting.

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      You do a disservice to all those innocents who have died as a result of “jihad” when you compare it to metaphorical failures by the US Government you seek to entrust with more power.

      Your anti-Semitism is noted.

    2. dick dyas Avatar
      dick dyas

      You should immediately migrate from America. To any where

      1. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        “What? No killing, no torture, just deport? You guys are slipping! “Welcome to America where you are free to think like me.””

        What paragon of American ideals you are.

  9. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Monday already? Here’s a bet, my $ to your dime that read in sequence the two comments are self-contradictory.

    No innocents were killed in the War on Drugs, or Crime, nor were there ever any innocents ever the victims of illegal renditions. All Guantanamo prisoners are guilty.

    BTW, the Discus “blocking” works to some extent, but not nearly enough.

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      “Nancy Naive • a minute ago
      Monday already? Here’s a bet, my $ to your dime that read in sequence the two comments are self-contradictory.”

      It’s 1013 on a Monday morning and you still can’t form a coherent thought. Maybe it’s not the booze, maybe you just had a stroke.

      Edit: Learn what “contradictory” means, as my comments are not. I can be for allowing people to express their opinions and pointing out those very opinions are in a word anti-Semitic.

  10. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    Here is another definition of jihad, a little bit more authoritative than the Daily Mail:

    Jihad, (Arabic: “struggle” or “effort”) also spelled jehad, in Islam, a meritorious struggle or effort. The exact meaning of the term jihād depends on context; it has often been erroneously translated in the West as “holy war.” Jihad, particularly in the religious and ethical realm, primarily refers to the human struggle to promote what is right and to prevent what is wrong.

    1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      Omeish’s father is a former president of the Muslim American Society which has been tied to funding terrorism. He was also on the Virginia Immigration Board and then removed from the board due to a video that endorsed jihad against Israel. He served on the board of the Dar al Hiraj mosque in Falls Church. 2 9/11 hijackers attended this place as well as the Fort Hood shooter. Al Queda recruiter Al-Awaki was the iman. Not exactly a girl scout resume.

  11. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Omeish could adapt the words to General Stuart’s favorite song “Jine the Cavalry” to “Jine the Jihad”. Cool new fight song for Justice High. Fairfax voters deserve every minute of Omeish’s school board tenure. That is what you get for being asleep at the wheel of education matters for the last 20 years.

  12. DJRippert Avatar

    “Omeish frequently lapsed into Arabic and other languages.”


    Sounds like she’s mentally unstable.

    I wonder what the liberals on this blog would say if an evangelical gave a speech and suddenly started speaking in tongues?

    1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      Very talented too. Omeish is paid $32,000 for this part time gig.

    2. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
      Baconator with extra cheese

      I ask my left leaning friends all the time why they have such disdain for evangelicals but yet seem to fawn over Muslims. It is odd to say the least. Evangelicals can, in my opinion, show serious levels of intolerance, but a large portion of the Muslim world outright act violently towards gays, women, and infidels.
      As a staunch atheist I put them both in the same boat, but my leftist friends seem to fawn over the righteousness of their complexion.

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