Ellison’s Name Disappears From Islamist Convention Program After IPT Report
After being featured on a list of speakers for an upcoming national convention hosted by two Islamist groups, US Rep. Keith Ellison’s name no longer appears on the convention program.
Ellison, a candidate to be the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, was scheduled to speak Tuesday at the annual Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) convention in Chicago.
An earlier program titled Ellison’s speech, “Our Voice Will Be Heard.” That talk still appears in the program, but the guide now identifies former Muslim Students Association (MSA) President Altaf Husain and an individual named Anthony Whitmore as the speakers.
Ellison’s office declined to comment when the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) asked if he still planned to speak at the event.
On Monday, IPT reported that the MAS-ICNA conference also will feature Ali Qaradaghi, secretary general of the pro-Hamas International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). The article also disclosed a 2010 email in which liberal Muslim scholar al-Husein Madhany described MAS as a “national security threat” due to its ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ellison’s DNC candidacy was rocked by a November 30 IPT report that included a 2010 recording in which Ellison described American foreign policy as disproportionately influenced by Jews.
“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people,” Ellison said. “A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. 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?”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) retracted its endorsement of Ellison after the IPT’s report, calling his remarks “deeply disturbing and disqualifying” and said that they “his words raise the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government.”