Hundreds of bodega owners are boycotting the New York Post over a cover targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
“The New York Post has a history of attacking Muslims and vilifying Muslims,” Youssef Mubarez of the Yemeni American Merchant’s Association (YAMA) explained. “And when we saw the cover against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, I mean, we were outraged.”
A recent New York Post cover depicted the 9/11 attacks along with a partial statement made recently by Omar. The congresswoman referenced the attack as “something” done by “some people” and the NY Post alleges she belittled the seriousness of the attacks.
YAMA was started after Trump’s January 2017 travel ban that promoted approximately 1,000 Yemeni bodega owners to strike. The association represents Yemeni Americans who own up to 5,000 businesses in New York. In an open letter, YAMA said its members who run bodegas will stop selling copies of the Post unless they apologize to congresswoman Omar, fire Editor-in-Chief Stephen Lynch, and add nuance to its reporting on Islamophobia.
“The average Yemeni deli, I mean there’s a lot, depending on which borough, probably sells around 20 copies a day,” said Mubarez.
“Whatever they don’t sell obviously just gets returned back to the Post, so we want everyone who delivers to Post to get a whole package back at the end of every single day.”