With some exceptions—including the Anti-Defamation League and some liberal groups such as J Street and Americans for Peace Now—the organized Jewish community’s outcry against the bid by Minnesota’s Rep. Keith Ellison’s to head the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been pretty much universal.
The reasoning for such unanimous revulsion can be attributed to a range of unpalatable behaviors. Whether it is Ellison’s openly anti-Semitic associations, his misleading criticism of Israel as a human rights violator, or his dogged attempt to block critical funding for Israel’s vital Iron Dome missile defense system, he has been a consistent and an abrasive detractor of the U.S.-Israel relationship. This alone—given that the cornerstone of American support for Israel is bipartisan cooperation, and that Republicans and Democrats are seeking pathways to healing around scant opportunities for consensus—should be enough of a reason to disqualify Ellison from the DNC post.
“Keith Ellison Loves Groups that Undermine America”
Vastly outweighing Ellison’s anti-Israel credentials, however, are his anti-American credentials. Being a convert to Islam does not make Ellison anti-American. But the Minnesota lawmaker, as a visible and a vocal supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, is supporting an anti-American agenda. The Muslim Brotherhood—in its own words, as evidenced in court documents—calls for “destroying Western civilization from within” and replacing that civilization with a supremacist, sharia law-based autocracy. Even Saudi Arabia has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, making it a state-designated terrorist organization.
Ellison also supports the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America, and the Muslim Students’ Association, all of whom—based on well-established public record—are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
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