Earlier this month, Judicial Watch reported that three Democratic members of Congress met with known financiers of Islamic terrorist organizations at a conference sponsored by an anti-Semitic group.
The Thanksgiving weekend conference organized by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a group with deep ties to Hamas, and advocates for Palestinian rights, was attended by U.S. legislators Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum of Minnesota and Rashida Talib of Michigan. It’s no surprise here that Omar and Talib were in attendance as both have been involved in anti-Semitic controversies in the past. Talib tweeted a clearly anti-Semitic call for the destruction of Israel on Twitter after the conference saying: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.”
The AMP was founded in 2006 by a University of California, Berkeley professor by the name of Hatem Bazian. Bazian is known to be an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel activist who also founded the group, Students for Justice in Palestine. This group is notorious for its intimidation and harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students on college campuses across the Unites States.
The D.C.-based Clarion Project, a non-profit that dedicates itself to exposing the threat of radical Islam and other extremist ideologies, put together a poster of those in attendance at the conference.
One of those featured on the poster was Tarek Hammoud, executive director of the Palestinian Return Center (PRC), a Hamas terror group front stationed in the U.K., chairman of the Muslim American Society Institute of Chicago, and was involved in the Holy Land Foundation terror case, according to court documents.
Hammoud is also known to have ties to Kifah Mustapha, an active raiser of funds for radical Islamist groups with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Imam of a Chicago-area mosque, member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, and an officer of the Holy Land Foundation.
Those who are not familiar with the Holy Land Foundation should know that it’s a front group for Hamas that was prosecuted by the United States for funneling money to terrorist organizations. In 2008, five of the group’s leaders were convicted in Texas on 108 counts for supplying Hamas with more than $12 million.
Congress should take the responsibility to reprimand the congresswomen involved in the hobnobbing at the anti-Semitic conference over the Thanksgiving weekend. They should also take it in their hands to hold Omar and Talib responsible for their anti-Semitic rhetoric by advertising them as such. Their anti-Israel social media posts and in-person rhetoric haven’t been met with the same criticism that, say, President Donald Trump has faced when he criticizes a policy or a single individual. The president is met with rebuke, harsh language and is called a racist and a bigot for just about anything and everything he writes or says. The congresswomen, who write or speak words that are clearly anti-Semite in nature, are met with barely a peep – not even a slap on the wrist.
I’m only bringing the president in as merely a show of the double-standard and the fact that no one in government has the stones of steel like him to stand up to anti-Semites. With a fourth historic peace deal forged last week, the fourth in just four months, normalizing relations between Israel and an Arab nation, it’s sure to make our anti-Semite legislators mad, and that’s exactly what we want. We need to stand up to the anti-Semites, get rid of every platform they build to spread their messages of hate, and not turn a blind eye to a seemingly innocent conference, like the one held on Thanksgiving weekend. The plot to destroy Israel and any country that forges an alliance with them has been brewing within America, and we cannot ignore it.