Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison – Another Omar Relationship Hard To Explain

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In his Blaze TV’s analysis of the Omar/Elmi family, Glenn Beck was quite emotional when he mentioned Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s name. The following information will explain why-

 

Keith Ellison speaks at a Muslim American Society (MAS) fundraiser in 2010.

 

In 2016, at a point when representative Keith Ellison was the leading contender to become Chair of the Democratic National Committee, it was discovered that in a speech at a 2010 Muslim American Society fundraiser, Ellison had asserted that United States foreign policy is “governed by” Israel.[10]

 

In 2016, MAS in Philadelphia presents an educational video of children supporting the views of the PLO founder

In 2019, Middle East Media Research Institute unveiled a video of children in a Philadelphia MAS center singing about the “blood of martyrs”, “We will defend Palestine with our bodies. We will chop off their heads”, and “We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling his promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture”. The Anti-Defamation League said that portrayed events were “extremely disturbing” and that “Children should not be indoctrinated to hate”. The national MAS organization said in response that “This was an unintended mistake and an oversight in which the center and the students are remorseful. MAS will conduct an internal investigation to ensure this does not occur again”.[11][12]

 

Here is a link to an article regarding Keith Ellison’s bid to head the Democratic Party.

https://www.jns.org/jewish-opposition-grows-to-keith-ellisons-bid-to-head-democratic-national-committee/

 

Interview with Glenn Beck

On November 14, 2006, Glenn Beck of CNN Headline News[135] said to Ellison, “I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.’ And I know you’re not. I’m not accusing you of being an enemy, but that’s the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.” Ellison replied that his constituents, “know that I have a deep love and affection for my country. There’s no one who’s more patriotic than I am, and so you know, I don’t need to — need to prove my patriotic stripes.”[136]

When asked by Beck for his opinion on Muslim extremists, Ellison replied, “They’re criminals. But I think that people who commit criminal acts should be treated like criminals, regardless of their faith.”[135] Ellison has also said, “Osama bin Laden no more represents Islam than Timothy McVeigh represented Christianity.”[137] Asked about the incident later, Ellison dismissed it, saying, “It’s just shock TV. Some pundits think they have to ask the most outrageous questions.”[138]

On January 2, 2007, Beck said on his radio program that Ellison did not take offense at the comments and the two had a friendly chat off the air. On January 9, 2007, at the Television Critics Association’s semiannual press tour, Beck said it was “Quite possibly the poorest-worded question of all time.” He clarified by saying, “My point to Keith Ellison … is the same point that I make to my own faith, and that is — you must stand up before things get out of control … And it’s important for people of all faiths, when someone is hijacking their religion, to stand and say, ‘That is not what we do. That is not who we are.”‘[139]

Denunciation of the Nation of Islam in 2006

During Ellison’s 2006 campaign Republican blogger Michael Brodkorb[145] unearthed posts about Ellison’s Minnesota Daily articles and his involvement with the Nation of Islam. In response Ellison wrote a letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota & the Dakotas falsely claiming he had never been a member, and that his connections with the Nation of Islam were limited to an 18-month period during which he helped organize the Minnesota contingent at the 1995 Million Man March.[20][28][146] In 2016 CNN referred instead to Ellison’s “decade-long involvement in the Nation of Islam”.[147] Ellison’s letter denounced the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan: “I wrongly dismissed concerns that they [Farrakhan’s remarks] were anti-Semitic. They were and are anti-Semitic and I should have come to that conclusion earlier than I did.”[148] He explained his previous views by saying that he “did not adequately scrutinize the positions and statements of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, and Khalid Muhammed.” He also wrote, “any kind of discrimination and hate are wrong. This has always been my position”. During the 2006 campaign many prominent Jewish DFL activists supported Ellison, including fundraisers Samuel and Sylvia Kaplan and State Representative Phyllis Kahn, who said it was “inconceivable that he could have ever been an anti-Semite.”[28]

Campaign contributions from members of CAIR

During the 2006 election Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) and James Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, spoke at an August 25 fundraiser for Ellison.[28][149] Awad and Ellison knew each other as they attended the University of Minnesota Law School at the same time.[8][150] According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Ellison accepted individual contributions from Nihad Awad and another leader of CAIR; Ellison responded that he had fully disclosed all contributions and said that he had “nothing to hide”.[151] Ellison stressed that he was supported by individuals, and that the non-profit organization itself did not endorse his candidacy.[152]

His Republican opponent in the race, Alan Fine, criticized Ellison for accepting these contributions, saying that CAIR was “a group that Democrats say has deep ties to terrorism”.[153] In response to Ellison’s opponents, CAIR leaders Parvez Ahmed and Nihad Awad wrote, “We are proud of our personal donations to Ellison’s campaign” and derided any ‘guilt by association’ arguments.[154]

 

Campaign finance disclosures

In early 2006 the Minnesota State Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board[24] reprimanded Ellison for unreported campaign contributions, discrepancies in cash balances, and misclassified disbursements during his campaigns for the Minnesota House of Representatives. These transgressions occurred in 2002–04. In 2005 the board opened an investigation, and Ellison was subpoenaed and fined.[25][26] Ellison was repeatedly fined for late filings,[27] was sued twice by the Attorney General of Minnesota, and was warned about absent or incomplete disclosures.[20][28][29][30]

 

In conclusion, current Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s past history should not only send up red flags to readers, but more importantly Congress should realize this is a very dangerous situation which must now be investigated.

Unless something is done now, it may be too late.

It appears now that Omar/Elmi and Ellison have been working together for many years.

If Ellison is not doing his job as Attorney General to investigate Omar/Elmi’s possible fraud case then a more detailed investigation must be carried out with Ellison being included as part of that investigation.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager and Analyst. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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