April 19, 2019

Deputy DNC Chair Donor Called for the Bombing of Israelis

A new report from the Washington Free Beacon highlights the virulent anti-Israel statements made by a donor to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the deputy chair to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which included advocating for the bombing of Israelis.

The donor, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) associate director of outreach and grassroots organizing Taher Herzallah, declared at a 2014 AMP conference, “Israelis have to be bombed, they are a threat to the legitimacy of Palestine, and it is wrong to maintain the State of Israel. It is an illegitimate creation born from colonialism and racism.”

Here are some other statements given by Herzallah against Israel, as compiled by the Free Beacon and Canary Mission:

· “What if as Muslims we wanted to establish an Islamic State? What if as Muslims we wanted to use violent means to resist occupation? Is that wrong?”

· “Israel and ISIS causing massive refugee crisis in Arab world #JSIL #JSILisISIL”

· “We cannot envisage a future, a beautiful bright future for the Palestinian people as long as Zionism exists… the only language that the state of Israel understands is that of resistance.”

· “Many of us do not limit our discourse on a future Palestine based on the 1967 lines. Many of us are still talking about to this day, I fully free Palestine. A free historic Palestine.”

Herzallah has also been active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and was convicted for disrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at UC Irvine in 2010.

According to the Free Beacon, documents show that Herzallah gave $2,500 to Ellison in March 2017.

Ellison has been previously criticized for his involvement in Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam as well as being one of the few congressmen to vote against funding for Israel’s Iron Dome. Longtime liberal Democrat Alan Dershowitz threatened to leave the Democrat Party in February if the DNC elected Ellison as their chairman.