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December 4, 2016 4:15 am

Keith Ellison’s Disinformation Campaign

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Confronted by his own words and facing a direct threat to his bid to become the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, Congressman Keith Ellison flagrantly lied in a prepared statement on Thursday.

Two days earlier, the Investigative Project on Terrorism released audio of Ellison during a 2010 political fundraiser, criticizing what he saw as the inappropriate and disproportionate influence Israel carries over American foreign policy.

“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million,” said Ellison, D-Minn. “Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”

In a statement on Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that it found Ellison’s comments “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.” That’s because, “whether intentional or not, his words raise the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government, a poisonous myth that may persist in parts of the world where intolerance thrives.”

In an open letter to the ADL, Ellison falsely claimed that “the audio released was selectively edited and taken out of context.” He also claimed that he was merely “responding to a question about how Americans with roots in the Middle East could engage in the political process in a more effective way.” And then he chose to attack the messenger.

None of Ellison’s comments are true.

We have released the full audio of his remarks (click here to hear them and to read a complete transcript) to show that no edits were made, and to show the full context of his remarks. Ellison should also explain this other clearly antisemitic comment he made: “But it makes all the sense in the world when you see that [Israel] has mobilized its diaspora in America to do its bidding in America.”

As we reported, Ellison’s 2010 comments came during a fundraiser for Esam Omeish’s state assembly campaign. Omeish is a former president of the Muslim American Society (MAS), a group created by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States. In 2007, Omeish was forced to resign from a Virginia immigration panel after the IPT produced a video of him praising Palestinians in 2000 for learning that “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land.” A second video, shot two months earlier, shows Omeish congratulating “our brothers and sisters in [Palestine] for their bravery, for their giving up their lives for the sake of Allah.”

Just this week, Omeish posted a paean to the Muslim Brotherhood on Facebook.

Nihad Awad, the only executive director the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has ever had, also attended the Omeish fundraiser. Court records show that Awad was a member of the Palestine Committee — a Muslim Brotherhood-created Hamas support network in the United States. So was CAIR, the organization he leads.

Awad attended a pivotal 1993 gathering of committee members in Philadelphia, which convened to discuss ways to “derail” the US brokered Oslo Accords.

Palestine Committee members opposed Oslo because it included recognition of Israel’s right to exist and because it empowered the secular Fatah movement over the Islamists in Hamas. We know this because the FBI secretly recorded the meeting.

Six months later, Awad appeared in Miami, where he publicly stated that, after some research, “I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO.”

When Keith Ellison stands before Omeish and Awad and asks whether it makes sense that America’s Middle East policy “is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people,” or when he says “that country [Israel] has mobilized its diaspora in America to do its bidding in America,” the context seems pretty clear.

Democrats should choose the candidate they think can best lead their party to success in the future. They might decide Ellison fits that description.

But they do so armed with greater understanding of Ellison’s true feelings toward an issue pivotal for a lot of voters of all political persuasions.

Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism ( where this article first appeared.

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  • aj nitzberg

    problem: it won’t. I know my family is ‘in the tank’ for whatever nonsense comes out of the Dems.

  • Kish Mirtuches

    from your mouth to Hashem’s, may it come to pass if Ellison is selected

  • Kish Mirtuches

    unlikely leftists will get upset and change parties

  • jas

    Pretty sure, that as far as influential people are concerned, the Left FAR outnumbers those on the right that are anti-semites.

  • taxpayer22

    Keith Ellison is on record as defending Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism since at least 1989, under the alias of Keith Hakim. , Ellison apparently saw no reason to rethink his position. In fact, he continued to identify with Farrakhan and work actively for the Nation of Islam for years .

  • This person, Rep. Keith Ellison, seems to be the typical anti-Semitic black
    American. A typical exemplar of the anti-Semitic “Nation of Islam”.

    As a Jew and non-American, I do not understand why some black Americans hate Jews and Israel. Ultimately, Islamic Arabs enslaved Africans and sold them to the USA. But they adore the Islamic ideology.

    His malicious language has the very same wording the Islamists are using to defame and demonize Israel and Jews. He is, without respect, an Jew- and Israel hating scumbag.

    • Kish Mirtuches

      many blacks don’t comprehend and are ignorant, many are not focused on anything but themselves, you hardly see them out in public as political activists, they don’t have solid political power, they likely perceive Jews as capable of taking care of themselves, they haven’t mastered the US system so they look for radical ideology like some forms of Islam, they are plain and simply jealous of Jewish success. this is the majority, but there are many positive exceptions.

    • aj nitzberg

      ellison is with the nation of islam. he was a member b/fore entering politics.

  • Democrats will most likely choose Congressman Ellison to lead their party. If Rep. Ellison leads the Democratic Party, Jewish Democrats will be left in a party that was completely hijacked by left-wing ideologues. And the amoral 2016 Democratic Party is unrecognizable from the days of Presidents Andrew Jackson and John F. Kennedy.

  • Holy Shirt

    For Omeish’s paean, loyal American Democrats owe Ellison their pee-on.

  • Efram Paul

    He has also met with terrorist groups, recently, in Israel. If the Democrats do this, they are saying in no uncertain terms, “Jews not welcome.” As for Schumer, he has made his choice clear.

  • jas

    “Does that make sense? Is that logic?
    It does when those 7 million are in line with American values and not terrorist ones. But we all know what leftists prefer.

    • Anton Klotz

      What’s a “leftist?”