Keith Ellisonís Disinformation
By Steven Emerson
his own words and facing a direct threat to his bid to become the next
Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison flagrantly
lied Thursday. We are releasing the full audio and transcript to prove this.
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
"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
Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said
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.
Ellison's comments are true.
released the full audio of his remarks (click here
to hear them and to read a complete transcript) to show no edits were made
and to show the full context. Let him also explain this other clearly
anti-Semitic comment he made: "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."
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.
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.
1993 gathering of committee members in Philadelphia, convened to discuss
ways to "derail"
the U.S. brokered Oslo Accords.
Committee members opposed
it 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.
He has never
explained why he
joined the others present in referring to Hamas in the agreed-upon, yet
crude code of reversing the spelling and speaking about "Samah."
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.
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 a lot of voters of all political persuasions.