Muslim journalist Dalia Al-Aqidi, who is running as a Republican to unseat incumbent Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, will travel to Israel in support of Jewish people in the wake of the attack by Islamic militant group Hamas in October.
Dalia Al-Aqidi has previously covered warzones and other terrorist organizations and said she felt the need to convey the reality of Israelis to her home district in Minnesota in contrast to Omar’s critical approach to the Jewish state.
“Minnesotans need somebody to convey their message — they are not represented by Ilhan Omar,” Al-Aqidi told The Daily Wire in an exclusive interview with the outlet. “The 5th District is not anti-Semitic. So I came to tell the Jewish people, to tell the Israelis, that I feel your pain. I’m with you. We are with you. And it’s not only your fight, it’s our fight. It’s the fight between good and evil.”
Al-Aqidi said she traveled to a kibbutz after a Hamas attack and described the scene she witnessed.
“’I’ve covered war zones and I’ve covered terrorist attacks,” Al-Aqidi added. “I’ve seen what ISIS has done, and I’ve seen what Al Qaeda has done. Combine the actions of Al Qaeda and ISIS and put it in Nir Oz kibbutz. That’s what I’ve seen.”
Al-Aqidi criticized Omar along with other progressive House Democrats and members of The Squad who have called for a ceasefire from Israel amidst military conflict.
“There’s only one way to stop the bloodshed. Number one, release the hostages right away. Number two, surrender,” she said. “If Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib really would like to stop the bloodshed … they should pressure their Hamas friends to do so.”
The Muslim journalist, who was born in Iraq, said she is wearing the Jewish Star of David around her neck until all hostages are returned by Hamas.
“I’m wearing the Star of David and saying I’m not going to take it off until every hostage comes back to their cities and villages,” she said. “It’s about taking a stand. It’s not a political stand, it’s taking a stand.”
Al-Aqidi said Omar, who has represented her district in Minnesota since 2019, is “dividing her district.”
“The only goal Ilhan Omar has is to serve herself. That’s it,” she added.