FREE SPEECH ZONE | Omar Jamal at the UN: A Slap in the Face or Pure Naiveté?

Earlier this week, Omar Jamal became the newest attraction at the Somali Mission in New York, representing Somalia at the United Nations. He joined two dysfunctional diplomats: Dr. Elmi Du’ale, the reclusive, frail and soft-spoken ambassador, and Idd Beddel, a flamboyant diplomat who is famous for pouring a hot coffee at a fellow coffee shop warrior (fadhi ku dirir) at a Starbucks in suburban Washington.  FREE SPEECH ZONE The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Mr. Jamal, who in 2005 was convicted for immigration fraud and is pending deportation, is a media magnet known for his Islamophobic outbursts at major US cable networks. Since the early 2000s, Mr. Jamal was a lightning rod among the Somali community in the United States, particularly in Minnesota, where he chaired himself at a one-person nonprofit organization dubbed “The Somali Justice Advocacy Center.”Lest you’re fooled by the name, there’s nothing judicious about Mr. Jamal: a college dropout from Toronto with unbeknown past in Europe, Jamal had once described Minneapolis as “a slaughterhouse for Somalis” after the city’s police shot a machete-wielding, mentally ill Somali man. Continue Reading