(JNS.org) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is questioning U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn.) pro-Israel credentials after the revelation of controversial past remarks made by the leading candidate to head the Democratic National Committee.
In a newly released recording of a speech Ellison made in 2010, the Minnesota lawmaker is heard saying that American foreign policy is “governed” by Israeli interests.
“New information recently has come to light that raises serious concerns about whether Rep. Ellison faithfully could represent the Democratic Party’s traditional support for a strong and secure Israel,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
“Rep. Ellison’s remarks are both deeply disturbing and disqualifying. His words imply that U.S. foreign policy is based on religiously or national origin-based special interests rather than simply on America’s best interests,” Greenblatt added, noting that Ellison’s comments “sharply contrast with that Democratic National Committee platform on Israel.”
The Investigative Protect on Terrorism (IPT), a non-profit research group, uncovered Ellison’s speech.
“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 says in the recording, referring to Israel. “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?”
According to IPT, Ellison made his speech at a fundraiser for his 2010 re-election campaign that was organized by Esam Omeish, a former president of the Muslim American Society who himself had previously encouraged Muslims to use jihad to “liberate” Israel.