It is confirmed, the Somali ‘Jesse Jackson,’ Omar Jamal, is leaving Minneapolis to take a position at the United Nations. This is one of those American (Somali “refugee”) rags to riches stories—you know—someone originally convicted of immigration fraud for getting into the US illegally and in a few short years he is representing Somalia at the UN. (Makes you wonder what citizenship he holds, doesn’t it?)
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has announced his replacement.
A Minneapolis social studies teacher who once served as a chief of staff to a Somali president has been appointed director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center in St. Paul.
Dahir Mirreh Jibreel, 56, replaces Omar Jamal, who has taken a job with the Permanent Mission of the Somali Republic to the United Nations in New York City.
Jibreel will begin work immediately.
The Somali Justice Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization whose primary role is to advocate for the local Somali community “on a variety of issues,” Jibreel said.
He takes over as Minneapolis police continue to investigate last week’s triple homicide, in which two of the victims were Somalis and the two suspects arrested over the weekend are believed to be Somalis.
An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 Somalis live in the Twin Cities area, making it home to the largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S.
“We will start our own mission and our own program and our own goals for the organization and we will start fresh,” Jibreel said.
Readers who wish to peruse all of our coverage of Jamal’s career need only type ‘Omar Jamal’ into our search function for your reading pleasure. Jamal has been involved in talking to reporters on so many issues I can’t name them all. He dashed off to NYC to defend the Somali pirate, he was right there in Denver talking to the authorities about the Canadian Somali who was found dead in a hotel room with enough cyanide to kill hundreds just before the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Not a terrorist, just a nut, Jamal told the FBI. And, and he was right in the middle of the Somali missing youth case (gone to Jihad every one) from the beginning.
Funny thing is, I don’t find any record of The Somali Justice Advocacy Center being anything more than a one-man operation. Granted it is filed with the State of Minnesota as a non-profit, here. Looks like $35 and a simple form will get you filed. But, Guidestar lists the address as Jamal’s and has no supporting documents—no IRS Letter of Determination, no Form 990’s. So what is up with that? Who funded Jamal? Who is funding the new guy? Does anyone know?
Bottomline, come up with a group name, file with the state and then tell reporters , law enforcement, etc. that you represent your community. It is as simple as that!
I wonder if the new guy is planning on applying for an Ethnic Community Based Organization grant from the ORR? Those federal grants are not available to anyone who has been convicted of a crime!