Kaine Facing Questions About State Appointee

September 27, 2007

Governor Kaine is facing some questions about a Muslim man he appointed to the State Commission on Immigration, after the surfacing of some online videos apparently showing the man comdemning Israel and advocating for what he calls "the jihad way."

In one video, Muslim American Society president Esam Omesh is shown at a rally last year in Washington denouncing the invasion of Lebanon during that time by what he called the "Israeli war machine."

Omesh also allegedly accuses Israel of genocide and massacres against Palestinians and said the "Israeli agenda" controls Congress.

In a separate, undated video, Omesh tells a crowd of Washington-area Muslims that, "the jihad way is the way to liberate your land."

A caller asked Kaine about the Omesh appointment on his monthly radio show today. Kaine said he was unaware of any video of Omesh and would check it out.

Omesh was among 10 appointments Kaine made on August 2nd to a 20-member panel created this year by the General Assembly to assess
the benefits and costs of immigration and the effects on federal immigration policies on the state. The commission met in Richmond for the first time Tuesday.

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