A Virginia Democrat with a history of anti-Israel activism and anti-Semitic comments was sworn in as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates Wednesday.
Ibraheem Samirah, a 27-year-old dentist, won a special election Tuesday to replace Democrat Jennifer Boysko, who was elected to the state Senate. Samirah defeated U.S. Air Force veteran Gregg Nelson, a Republican, in the race.
The Democrat entered the election as a heavy favorite in the Northern Virginia district, but the race became more complicated after Virginia’s top three government officials, all Democrats, drew scrutiny for past misconduct. The state’s governor and attorney general admitted to donning blackface. Its lieutenant governor was accused by several women of sexual misconduct.
Samirah faced a scandal of his own after Big League Politics shed light on posts he made on his Facebook page in 2014. The posts, expressing anti-Israel sentiments, led Nelson to accuse his opponent of anti-Semitism.
Samirah, who was born in the United States but calls himself a “second-generation Palestinian refugee,” co-founded a chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace while a student at American University. read more