Islamists and Democrats in Georgia

Let’s make it clear who’s coming on board if the Democrats take both Georgia Senate seats on Tuesday. If any Jews are confused about who their friends are, the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel left isn’t. That’s why the gang above staged a bash to turn out Muslim voters in Georgia. 

Linda Sarsour declared, “You, the Muslim community in Georgia, by yourselves, can literally swing this entire election and send two Democrats to the U.S. Senate, which makes Kamala Harris the deciding voter.” U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) chimed in, “[W]e can’t legislate . . . that progress unless we have a Senate that is willing to work on behalf of the progress in this country.” Among other things, Omar defines progress as championing BDS in the House.

That means, from the vantage of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), electing Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, whom Ossoff describes as a “beloved friend and ally of Georgia’s Jewish community and a friend of Israel.”  That was to fend off criticism of Warnock’s 2018 statement “…[W]e saw the government of Israel shoot down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey.”

CAIR’s executive director, Nihad Awad, who also addressed the Georgia event, founded CAIR after he attended a planning meeting of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America’s inner circle. The federal judge in a 2009 terrorism finance case found “ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR” with Hamas and its Dallas-based propaganda arm, of which CAIR chief Awad had been an official.  

If Warnock were a hick preacher running for a small-town council, it would be one thing. If Ossoff were a pumpkin-patch foundling instead of a well-connected, multi-millionaire businessman, you could say they’re not-quite-innocent provincials who take help where they find it.

But there’s nothing innocent or mistaken or simply untidy about Warnock and Ossoff’s accepting support from CAIR, Farrakhan fan-girl Sarsour, and Omar. And there’s nothing accidental about the leading U.S. Islamist organization facilitating the campaign to put Warnock and Ossoff in the Senate.

The best we can hope for is that if Ossoff reaches the Senate he will be no more loyal to the CAIR voters than he is to anything else. Warnock has already made it clear who his real friends are.

About the Author
For more than seventeen years Mira Boland kept tabs on domestic extremist and terrorist groups and hate groups as Washington Factfinding Director of the Anti-Defamation League. Her editorial features and scholarly articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Journal of Contemporary History, Forward, The Washington Times, and the Times of Israel (Blogs). She has lectured federal, state, and local law enforcement officers at U.S. Department of Justice -sponsored information sharing consortiums, and several law enforcement and military agencies and departments.