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    http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/17/democrats-must-scrutinize-keith-ellisons-anti-semitic-past-and-ties-to-radical-islam/

    Meet Keith Ellison, the future of the Dim party.

    Despite the furor over Trump aide Steve Bannon’s alleged anti-Semitism, there’s been virtually no media attention paid to the man likely to become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, Cong. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

    The man poised to head the Democratic Party was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam well into his 30’s who publicly spewed anti-Semitism and later in life as a Congressional candidate knowingly accepted $50,000 in campaign contributions given and raised by Islamic radicals who openly supported Islamic terrorism and were leaders of front groups for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    And once in office as a Congressman, Keith Ellison more than hinted that 9/11 was an inside job carried out to create pretext for war against Muslims – a trope often pushed by anti-Semites who claim Israeli or “Mossad” complicity – by comparing 9/11 to the Reichstag Fire, the infamous 1933 arson of the German Parliament building, which the Nazis pinned on Communists and thus used to gain majority control of the government and establish Nazi Germany.

    To be clear, Ellison has never genuinely repudiated his past anti-Semitism or his close association with the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or its co-founder, Nihad Awad, who has publicly supported Islamic terrorism.


    Because Ellison’s record has received precious little attention in the mainstream media – especially compared to the ad nauseum repetition of a few nuggets about Bannon – it seems necessary to give a highlight reel that demonstrates the judgment and decisions of the man poised to run one of the two main political parties in America.

    Though Ellison acknowledged in a deeply dishonest letter of “apology” to the local Jewish community during his run for Congress in 2006 that he had been “involved” with Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, he falsely minimized his past role as a leader in the religious organization rife with overt anti-Semitism and hateful bigotry.

    For nearly a decade, from law school through his first run for state representative in 1998, Ellison openly identified with the Nation of Islam. This was not simply a question of religious observance. He was dedicated to slamming “Zionism” and Jews, while repeatedly and vocally defending Farrakhan. As a law student and proud NOI member in 1990, Ellison helped sponsor a speech titled: “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?,” according to the respected Scott Johnson of Power Line Blog, who also noted that “Ellison reject[ed] the appeal of Jewish law students to withdraw sponsorship of the lecture.” In 1995, Ellison wrote in a local Minneapolis newspaper under his nom de guerre, “Keith X Ellison,” a stirring defense of repugnant and unabashed anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam, stating emphatically, “Farrakhan is a role model for Black youth.” He even went the extra step of denying decades of evidence, saying, “[H]e is not an anti-Semite.”

    But that was just the warm-up for Ellison’s own anti-Semitism. In 1997, a local Minneapolis “anti-racism” panel was embroiled in controversy because one of its members, Joanne Jackson, had reportedly said, “Jews are the most racist white people I know.” Even though she later denied making the comments, Ellison rather curiously stepped forward to defend her at a public hearing after she had disavowed her anti-Semitic comments.

    Although in his May 2006 letter of apology to the Jewish community Ellison claimed that “at no time did I ever share [the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan’s] hateful views or repeat or approve of their hateful statements directed at Jews,” he actually did espouse anti-Semitism – and quite publicly, at that. According to a news story at the time, the local paper of record, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reported that at the public hearing, Ellison “read a statement supporting Jackson.”

    Acting as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, a 33-year-old Ellison read aloud that he was there to “support the truth” of her alleged comment that “Jews are the most racist white people.” One of his pieces of evidence was that “in some Black areas, some exploitative shopkeepers are, yes, Jewish.”

    It should be more than a little concerning that he felt the need to defend and expound upon the anti-Semitic remarks attributed to a woman who subsequently disclaimed any connection to them.

    Perhaps if Ellison’s troubling judgment ended in the 1990’s, that would be one thing. But if anything, he continued exhibiting tight bonds right up until entering Congress with people whose views are, if anything, more disturbing than Farrakhan’s.

    In his 2006 campaign that ultimately won him his first term in Congress, Ellison received roughly $50,000 campaign contributions that were given or raised by officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was spun off of Hamas front group Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Several senior CAIR employees have been jailed and convicted for ties to terrorism, and IAP apparently shuttered in 2004after its was found liable in a 2004 civil court case of supporting terrorist organization Hamas.

    This was not casual or incidental contact. Ellison had a nearly two decade-long friendship at the time with CAIR co-founder Nihad Awad, who declared in a 1994 speech at Florida’s Barry University, “I’m in support of the Hamas movement.” Hamas, of course, is a recognized terrorist organization dedicated to the mass murder of Jews and destruction of Israel. Awad’s CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad, explained his bizarre support for terrorism at the 1999 conference of IAP (both he and Awad were senior officials there before starting CAIR in 1994) by praising suicide bombers who “kill themselves for Islam”: “Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam, that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam.” (Transcript provided by the Investigative Project.) Ahmad glorified suicide bombers at a youth session, meaning he was addressing teenagers and perhaps even younger children.

    Awad headlined a Minneapolis-area fundraiser before the September 2006 primary that, in a call at the time with this journalist that the campaign estimated raised upwards of $20,000, and he was the only speaker besides Ellison himself. A month prior, Awad also bundled $10,000 in contributions for the campaign (including his own $2,000 check). The month after my September 2006 reporting about this financial support from Awad and CAIR officials, Ellison travelled to Florida for yet another CAIR-hosted fundraiser, which netted over $20,000.

    Ellison also received $500 from Esam Omeish, former president of the Muslim Brotherhood front group, Muslim American Society, who has publicly defended the “moderate” views of the Muslim Brotherhood and who reportedly pushed for the hiring at his local Northern Virginia mosque the radical cleric Anwar al-Alwaki, who later took refuge in Yemen as a spiritual leader of and recruiter for al Qaeda. (Al-Alwaki in 2011 famously became the first American targeted and killed by a drone strike.)

    Ellison did not put his radicalism behind him, however, once being elected – despite backing in positive press as the first Muslim Congressman. In video footage that can be found on any number of websites, Ellison winkingly promoted the dangerous libel that 9/11 was an inside job, with the implication that it was done to justify war against Muslims.

    Analogizing 9/11 to the 1933 arson of the German Parliament building believed by many to have been set by the Nazis but blamed on the Communists in order for Hitler’s party to purge his political opponents and seize majority control of the government, Ellison told a gathering of several hundred Atheists, “It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that.” He explained, “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”

    Disturbingly, the atheists in attendance cheered his shocking reference to the Nazis, which essentially painted Bush as Hitler and Muslims as being subsequently victimized after 9/11 the way that Communists were by Nazis after Reichstag.

    To make clear that he was suggesting 9/11 was a giant conspiracy, he sarcastically states that he’s not claiming as such, because “you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box – dismiss you.”

    While Islamists are not the only “truthers” who believe that 9/11 was a massive conspiracy, one of the greatest recruiting tools employed by Islamic terrorists over the past 15 years has been the libel that the largest terror attack ever on U.S. soil was carried out by some combination of the George W. Bush Administration and Israel in order to launch wars against the Muslim nations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether Ellison picked it up from Islamist propagandists or from secular Leftist radicals who merely want to besmirch America doesn’t matter, of course.

    And yes, he did apologize later having effectively compared Bush to Hitler and suggesting that 9/11 was an inside job, but is it comforting for the Democrats to choose as their leader a man who had to later acknowledge that he believed that Osama bin Laden was, in fact, behind the 9/11 attacks? Even with the apology, don’t Democrats worry about the belief system of a man who could propagate such a hideous libel as a Member of Congress?

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    cont.

    Before what appears to be a coronation of Ellison as head of the DNC is completed, Democrats ought to be asking themselves if they want to be represented by a man who never actually acknowledged, let alone apologized for, his anti-Semitism, who never apologized for his embrace of Islamic radicals, and who possesses the capacity in the first place to suggest 9/11 was a U.S. government plan to murder 3,000 Americans to create pretext in order to launch wars against two Muslim nations.
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    24 Feb '17 13:56
    Originally posted by whodey
    cont.

    Before what appears to be a coronation of Ellison as head of the DNC is completed, Democrats ought to be asking themselves if they want to be represented by a man who never actually acknowledged, let alone apologized for, his anti-Semitism, who never apologized for his embrace of Islamic radicals, and who possesses the capacity in the first place to ...[text shortened]... to murder 3,000 Americans to create pretext in order to launch wars against two Muslim nations.
    He's a perfect fit to head the DNC.
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    24 Feb '17 14:531 edit
    Agreed, and with most of the hate Israel echo chamber we have here at RHP, I think most here are ecstatic he will lead the DNC.

    I reckon we will be in for some more "hope and change" to come. Just think what a better world it will be with Israel in the hands of ISIS or Hamas. 😵
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    24 Feb '17 15:19
    Originally posted by whodey
    Agreed, and with most of the hate Israel echo chamber we have here at RHP, I think most here are ecstatic he will lead the DNC.

    I reckon we will be in for some more "hope and change" to come. Just think what a better world it will be with Israel in the hands of ISIS or Hamas. 😵
    And the Constitution replaced by Sharia Law!😵
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    24 Feb '17 17:32
    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    And the Constitution replaced by Sharia Law!😵
    UTOPIA!!!!!!!!!!
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    24 Feb '17 18:18
    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    And the Constitution replaced by Sharia Law!😵
    You may get your wish. Jeff Sessions has suggested suspending the U.S. constitution and replacing it with a theocratic one.
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    24 Feb '17 18:21
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    You may get your wish. Jeff Sessions has suggested suspending the U.S. constitution and replacing it with a theocratic one.
    Why replace it when you can ignore it?
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    24 Feb '17 19:24
    Originally posted by whodey
    Why replace it when you can ignore it?
    That seems to be Jeff Sessions' thinking as well.
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    Obama’s White House pushed former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to challenge Rep. Keith Ellison in the race for the Democratic Party chair to satisfy the Israel-American billionaire Haim Saban and other party donors, according to Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

    The Democratic Party will elect its new chair Saturday. Ellison is seen as an outsider whose election would foster a sense of empowerment among the party’s Bernie Sanders supporters, while Perez is seen as loyal to the party’s Clinton/Obama wing.

    Noting that Perez’s backers argue that he and Ellison are virtually identical ideologically, Greenwald probed into why establishment Democrats would bother nominating Perez at all.

    Just over two weeks after Ellison announced, the largest single funder of both the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign – the Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban – launched an incredibly toxic attack on Ellison, designed to signal his veto. “He is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual,” pronounced Saban about the African-American Muslim Congressman, adding: “Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party.”

    Saban has a long history not only of fanatical support for Israel – “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel,” he told The New York Times in 2004 about himself – but also an ugly track record of animus toward Muslims. As The Forward gently put it, he is prone to “a bit of anti-Muslim bigotry,” including when he said Muslims deserve “more scrutiny,” and “also called for profiling and broader surveillance.” In 2014, he teamed up with right-wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson to push a pro-Israel agenda. In that notorious NYT profile, he attacked the ACLU for opposing Bush/Cheney civil liberties assaults and said: “On the issues of security and terrorism I am a total hawk.”

    There’s no evidence that Saban’s attack on Ellison is what motivated the White House to recruit an opponent. But one would have to be indescribably naïve about the ways of Washington to believe that such a vicious denunciation by one of the party’s most influential billionaire funders had no effect at all. …

    The DNC headquarters was built with Saban’s largesse: he donated $7 million to build that building, and he previously served as chairman of the Party’s capital-expenditure campaign. Here’s how Mother Jones’ Andy Kroll, in a November profile, described the influence Saban wields within elite Democratic circles:

    No single political patron has done more for the Clintons over the span of their careers. In the past 20 years, Saban and his wife have donated $2.4 million to the Clintons’ various campaigns and at least $15 million to the Clinton Foundation, where Cheryl Saban serves as a board member. Haim Saban prides himself on his top-giver status: “If I’m not No. 1, I’m going to cut my balls off,” he once remarked on the eve of a Hillary fundraiser. The Sabans have given more than $10 million to Priorities USA, making them among the largest funders of the pro-Hillary super-PAC. In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, he vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to elect her. . . .

    “There is no case for Perez that cannot be made for Ellison, while Ellison is able to energize progressives in ways that Perez cannot,” Greenwald wrote. “The question that will be answered on Saturday is whether Democrats have more urgent priorities than denying power to the left.”


    http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/if_ellison_and_perez_are_so_similar_why_did_establishment_democrats_nominat
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    Originally posted by finnegan
    [i]Obama’s White House pushed former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to challenge Rep. Keith Ellison in the race for the Democratic Party chair to satisfy the Israel-American billionaire Haim Saban and other party donors, according to Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

    The Democratic Party will elect its new chair Saturday. Ellison is seen as an outsider whose ...[text shortened]... /eartotheground/item/if_ellison_and_perez_are_so_similar_why_did_establishment_democrats_nominat
    It will be Ellison. Dims are too predictable.
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    25 Feb '17 14:28
    Ed. Note: This article first appeared in The Hill.
    Tomorrow the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will have to choose the direction of the Democratic Party, as well as its likely composition. It will be among the most important choices the DNC has ever had to make.
    There has been powerful push from the hard-left of the Democratic Party, led by senator Bernie Sanders, to elect Keith Ellison chairman. If he is elected, I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting.
    I will become an independent, continuing to vote for the best candidates, most of whom, I assume, will still be Democrats.
    But I will not contribute to the DNC or support it as an institution. My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party. I will urge other like-minded people – centrist liberals – to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected chairman. We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported. The Democratic Party will be leaving us!



    Let me explain the reasons for this difficult decision on my part. Ellison has a long history of sordid association with anti-Semitism. He worked closely and supported one of a handful of the most notorious and public anti-Semites in our country: The Reverend Louis Farrakhan. And he worked with Farrakhan at the very time this anti-Semite was publicly describing Judaism as a "gutter religion" and insisting that the Jews were a primary force in the African slave trade.
    Ellison has publicly stated that he was unaware of Farrakhan's anti-Semitism. That is not a credible statement. Everyone was aware of Farrakhan's anti-Semitism. Farrakhan did not try to hide it. Indeed he proclaimed it on every occasion. Ellison is either lying or he willfully blinded himself to what was obvious to everyone else. Neither of these qualities makes him suitable to be the next Chairman of the DNC.
    Moreover, Ellison himself has made anti-Semitic statements. A prominent lawyer, with significant credibility, told me that while he was a law student, Ellison approached her and said he could not respect her, because she was a Jew and because she was a woman who should not be at a law school. This woman immediately disclosed that anti-Semitic and anti-feminists statement to her husband and friends, and I believe she is telling the


    Ellison's anti-Semitism is confirmed by his support for another anti-Semite, Stokely Carmichael. When there were protests about Carmichael's speaking at the University of Minnesota, Ellison responded that "Political Zionism is off-limits no matter what dubious circumstances Israel was founded under; no matter what the Zionists do to the Palestinians; and no matter what wicked regimes Israel allies itself with — like South Africa. This position is untenable."



    At a fundraiser for his re-election in 2010, hosted by Esam Omeish, who had told Palestinians that "Jihad way is the way to liberate your land," he complained that Jews had too much influence in American politics.
    With regard to Israel, Ellison was one of only a small number of Congress people who recently voted against funding the Iron Dome, a missile system used by Israel to protect its civilians against rocket attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah. His voting record with regard to the Nation State of the Jewish people is among the very worst in Congress.
    Ellison is now on an apology tour, but his apologies and renunciations of his past association with anti-Semitism have been tactical and timed to his political aspirations. He first claimed to realize that Farrakhan was an anti-Semite was when he ran for office seeking Jewish support. His claim to be a supporter of Israel was timed to coincide with his run for the chairmanship of DNC. I do not trust him. I do not believe him. And neither should centrist liberal supporters of Israel and opponents of anti-Semitism.
    The DNC has a momentous choice this weekend. It can move the party in the direction of Jeremy Corbyn's labor party in England, in the hope of attracting Jill Stein Green Party voters and millennials who stayed home. In doing so they would be giving up on any attempt to recapture the working class and Rust Belt voters in the mid-western states that turned the Electoral College over to Donald Trump. Jeremy Corbyn today could not get elected dog catcher in Great Britain.



    I do not want to see the Democratic Party relegated to permanent minority status as a hard-left fringe. Remember what happened when the Democrats moved left by nominating George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis – all good men. The total combined electoral votes for these candidates would not have won a single election. There is no reason to think the country has moved so far to the left since those days that the Democrats can win by pushing even further in the direction of the hard left. The self-destructive election of Keith Ellison will be hard to undue for many years.
    So tomorrow, the Democrats must choose between electing Ellison or keeping centrist liberals, who support Israel, like me and many others in their party. I hope they choose wisely. But if they do not, I have made my choice.
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    25 Feb '17 14:29
    The Dim party has now become the Zionist Holocaust party.
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