Controversial Kaine Appointee Resigns

September 27, 2007

The controversial Kaine appointee shown in online videos denouncing Israel and praising "the jihad way" has resigned his appointment to Virginia's Commission on Immigration.

"We must not forget those who have led us into this war. We must prosecute those that are responsible for this war.," said Esam Omeish at one rally.

The videos appear on YouTube and show Muslim American Society
president Dr. Esam Omeish at a rally in Washington last year denouncing the invasion of Lebanon during that time by what he
called the "Israeli war machine."

"The deliberate targeting of civilians through the barbaric, indiscriminate, disproportionate Israeli war machine is indeed criminal and must end now," said Omeish.

A caller to Kaine's program today on the Virginia News Network in Richmond asked the governor about the Omesh appointment and the
video.

"That is news to me, what you say, and it's something we will check out," Kaine told the caller, identified on the air only by the name Kent.

Many political experts say after online incidents like this one, Youtube may be another way to screen potential employees and board/commission members.

"Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet
I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which
concern me," Kaine said in a press statement announcing the
resignation.

Kaine said Omeish resigned because he did not want the
controversy to distract from the work of the 20-member commission
appointed to study the effects of immigration and federal
immigration policies on Virginia.


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