Anti-Israel activist Rasha Mubarak has been moving quickly up the ranks within the Democratic Party. In the past four months, she has been: named to the Board of Directors of the Florida Young Democrats (FYD), elected FYD National Committeewoman, and given the award for ‘Florida Young Democrat of the Year.’ Now, she has been appointed by the Mayor of Orlando to his new Committee on Multicultural Affairs. However, a recent FrontPage Magazine article by this author exposing Mubarak’s radical behavior against Jews may have, at least temporarily, hindered her momentum, as according to Mubarak, she was forced to do “damage control.”
Rasha Ahmad Mubarak has one main goal in life and that is to destroy Israel. To do this: she joins Hamas-linked groups, such as CAIR and Islamic Relief; she leads hate-filled, anti-Israel rallies; and she attaches herself to the Democratic Party, painting herself as a Progressive, while using the Party to attack the Jewish state. Indeed, Mubarak was just a speaker at the 2019 national convention of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), where provocative issues, such as open borders and the Green New Deal, were being adopted and where, in front of the audience, Mubarak branded Israel’s government “repressive” and “anti-Democratic.”
In December 2017, Mubarak organized the ‘HANDS OFF JERUSALEM RALLY FOR PALESTINE,’ co-sponsored by CAIR, the Young Democrats of Orange County (YDOC), which Mubarak was President of at the time, and the Seminole County Young Democrats (SCYD). A video from the rally caught Mubarak’s uncle, Orlando real estate investor Said Lutfi, referring to Jews as “the crappiest piece of s**t on this planet,” “baby killers” and “Jesus killers.” In September 2018, Mubarak did a live streamed video with then-FYD President Jake Sanders to discuss BDS, the bigoted movement to boycott Israel.
Mubarak’s rhetoric towards Jews is no less troubling. This past May, when Hamas launched more than 600 rockets into Israel, leading to the deaths of four civilians, Mubarak tweeted against anyone who would dare defend Israeli retaliation. In November 2012, she wrote on Twitter, “#LiesImTiredOfHearing Israel has the right to defend herself.” And at the end of the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict, along with photos of a jubilant Hamas, who had, bizarrely, just declared victory, Mubarak tweeted, “Thousands of people celebrating in the streets of Gaza for the victory. Alhamdulillah. #VictoryForGaza.”
In November 2014, Mubarak was a featured speaker at the Al-Awda 12th annual convention, held in Fort Lauderdale. Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, is a US-based activist group, which opposes Israel’s right to exist. Participating, along with Mubarak, were then-Chair of Al-Awda, Anas Amireh, who advocates Palestinians use cars as weapons and refers to Israel as the “Zionist enemy,” and then-Vice Chair of Al-Awda, Abbas Hamideh, who told Jews, in October 2015, “Rest assured Zionism will be eradicated and if you’re lucky you’ll be sent back to Europe where you belong...” Hamideh says peace with Israel only means “surrender.”
Much of the above was reported by this author, last month, in a FrontPage Magazine piece, titled, ‘ISLAMIST JEW-HATER NAMED FLORIDA YOUNG DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR.’ It seems the information had a negative effect on Mubarak, as she wrote on social media, two days later, that she missed an important photo op, because she had to do “damage control” regarding what appears to be the article.
The photo op was a group photo for a new committee set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor Dyer’s Committee on Multicultural Affairs, which Mubarak and 16 others had been appointed to. Mubarak stated, “I missed the group photo – as I was dealing with damage control re: right wing racist and Islamophobic attacks.”
According to the City of Orlando official website, “This appointed committee is comprised of 17 community leaders that represent diversity in race, gender, age, religious beliefs, national origin, cultural background, profession, sexual orientation and gender identity.” Following the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary, Mubarak is the fourth name on the website’s list of committee members. Surely, this was a significant honor for a fringe character like Mubarak. As for Mayor Dyer, he has no qualms about associating with radical Muslims.
Two years after Dyer became Mayor in 2003, he issued a letter of support for a May 2005 fundraising banquet CAIR was holding in Orlando, writing, “I… applaud your organization’s mission of enhancing communication among communities and offering a voice for Muslims in the United States.” The group was looking to raise money for the opening of an Orlando CAIR office and chapter. Years later, in September 2015, Mubarak would become the head of this chapter, replacing Ahmad Saleem, who had been arrested for soliciting sex from an individual he believed to be a 12-year-old girl.
As the Democratic Party has moved further to the left, criticism of Israel has become more acceptable within Party circles. Yet, Mubarak goes far beyond this criticism, attacking the Jewish homeland every chance she gets, drifting far into anti-Semitic territory by questioning Israel’s very right to defend herself (a prerequisite to Israel’s existence).
Are the Democratic Party and Buddy Dyer, who happens to be a Democrat himself, going to continue to ignore such obvious and dangerous bigotry and incitement? Will they continue to embrace Rasha Mubarak, as she uses them to legitimize her disturbing behavior?
Both the Democratic Party and Dyer must understand that, in doing so, they are not only embracing Mubarak, but they are also embracing the extreme hatred that goes along with her. Moreover, any idea of the Committee on Multicultural Affairs promoting diversity and “ensuring all residents feel welcomed, respected and accepted,” as the Mayor’s office states it does, will be rendered a despicable farce.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.