U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s 2010 comments about Israeli political influence, first reported on November 29, 2016, by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), prompted Ellison with his disinformation campaign to respond and complained on Twitter that IPT did not release the full audio of his statements.
Ellison’s response in a letter to Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who had second thoughts of endorsing Ellison, complains that the audio, released by IPT was selectively edited and taken out of context. Ellison used the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center to make his case that IPT is anti-Muslim extremists, which is far from the truth.
As a result, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), on Friday, released the entire audio and transcript to prove that Ellison flagrantly lied with his response on Thursday.
IPT released the full audio of his remarks (click here to hear them and to read a complete transcript) that will show no edits were made and to show the full context.
Let him also explain this and other clearly anti-Semitic comments he made such as: “But it makes all the sense in the world when you see that that country 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 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 Awad was a member of a Muslim Brotherhood created Hamas support network in the United States called the Palestine Committee. So was CAIR, the organization he leads.
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. They do so armed with greater understanding of Ellison’s true feelings toward an issue pivotal for many voters of all political persuasions.
When Democrats bring up the past of present, former or potential Republican candidates, they forget that it works both ways.
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