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Keith Ellison’s Present Isn’t Much Better Than His Past, by Alan Dershowitz (Gatestone Inst. via Mosaic)

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Dec. 2, 2016

“Earlier this month, the new senate minority leader Charles Schumer declared his support for Minnesota’s Senator Keith Ellison as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Alan Dershowitz argues that Ellison’s past associations with the Nation of Islam, and his current attitudes toward the Jewish state, should be disturbing to all friends of Israel:

Long after Jesse Jackson disavowed [Louis] Farrakhan in 1984 as “reprehensible and morally indefensible” for describing Judaism as a “gutter religion,” Ellison was defending Farrakhan . . . in 1995 as a role model for African-Americans. . . .”

…”Ellison’s voting record does not support his claim that he has become a “friend” of Israel. He was one of only eight congressmen who voted against funding the Iron Dome program, developed jointly by the U.S. and Israel, which helps protect Israeli civilians from Hamas rockets. In 2009, Ellison was one of only two-dozen congressmen to vote “present” rather than vote for a non-binding resolution “recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” And in 2010, Ellison co‐authored a letter to President Obama, calling on him to pressure Israel into opening the border with Gaza.”

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