A personnel of nan Fairfax County School Board called nan Battle of Iwo Jima "unfortunate" and "evil" during a schoolhouse committee gathering connected Thursday.
School committee personnel Abrar Omeish was discussing nan Day of Remembrance – an observance time for victims of Japanese-American internment during World War II. The time coincides pinch nan U.S. penetration of Iwo Jima, which was connected February 19, 1945.
"Just a fewer days agone was Japanese Day of Remembrance," Omeish said during nan meeting. "Something for america to surely bespeak on… nan days when, you know, Iwo Jima unluckily happened and group a grounds for really what, I dislike to say, quality evil is tin of."
The Battle of Iwo Jima – which lasted from February 19 to March 26 – was a important triumph for nan U.S. during World War II. Nearly 7,000 American service-members mislaid their lives while trying to seizure nan land from imperial Japan.
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Flag raising connected Iwo Jima. From left, PFC Ira Hayes, PFC Harold Schultz, Sgt. Michael Strank (KIA), PFC Franklin Sousley (KIA), PFC Harold Keller, Cpl. Harlon Block (KIA). Other work members person been identified arsenic nan emblem raisers complete nan years. These six Marines person been identified arsenic of nan astir caller investigation by nan Marine Corps successful 2019. (Photo by: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
It is nan taxable of Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph "Raising nan Flag connected Iwo Jima." which depicts six Marines raising nan American emblem atop Mount Suribachi.
It is unclear why Omeish said nan conflict was an illustration of quality evil.
Omeish did not admit immoderate correction successful what she said successful a connection aft her remarks.
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Abrar Omeish poses for a image successful her location successful Fairfax, VA connected June 1, 2019. (Will Newton for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
"There is nary logic to warp what was said and reference much into it simply reflects biases forced successful by nan listener," Omeish said to nan Washington Free Beacon.
The 28-year-old schoolhouse committee personnel has made arguable statements successful nan past. A Fairfax County genitor said that she upset Jewish parents by referring to Israel arsenic an apartheid state.
"This caused immense outrage among complete 250,000 Jewish Americans present successful Northern Virginia and it sparked outrage crossed each governmental lines and location were calls for her to apologize. She offered nary apology. She doubled down connected it," parent Gary Aiken told "Fox & Friends First" past year.
Omeish besides delivered a politically-charged reside to Justice High School students successful 2021, informing them that they were entering an unfair capitalist world.
A Fairfax County schoolhouse autobus sits successful a depot, a time aft it was announced nan region would statesman nan schoolhouse twelvemonth each online, successful Lorton, Virginia. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
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"Our world is overwhelmed pinch need. We struggle pinch quality greed, racism, utmost versions of individualism and capitalism, White supremacy, increasing wealthiness gaps, disease, ambiance crisis, utmost poorness amid luxury and discarded correct adjacent door. And nan database goes on," Omeish said.