Keith Ellison: Comments about American deference to Israeli interests ‘taken out of context’

(JTA) – U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a candidate to head the Democratic National Committee, said an audio recording in which he said American foreign policy bows to Israeli interests was “taken out of context.”

“The audio released was selectively edited and taken out of context by an individual the Southern Poverty Law Center has called an ‘anti-Muslim extremist,’” Ellison, D-Minn., said Thursday in an open letter to Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “My memory is that I was responding to a question about how Americans with roots in the Middle East could engage in the political process in a more effective way. My advice was simply to get involved.” [Read more…]

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ADL chief sees ‘organized’ campaign to discredit group

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaking at the organization’s Never is Now conference in New York City, Nov. 17, 2016. (Courtesy of the ADL)
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaking at the organization’s Never is Now conference in New York City, Nov. 17, 2016. (Courtesy of the ADL)

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaking at the organization’s Never is Now conference in New York City, Nov. 17, 2016. (Courtesy of the ADL)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt urged the organization’s leading activists to counter what he said was an “organized, concerted effort” to delegitimize the group.

The 900-word email sent Wednesday was a bid to counter what has been at times a fierce assault on the venerable civil rights group for its criticism of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and his transition. [Read more…]

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Elie Wiesel’s son excoriates Trump’s rhetoric, calls for political reconciliation

Elisha Wiesel speaks on November 30, 2016, at the Elie Wiesel memorial at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Courtesy US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Elisha Wiesel speaks on November 30, 2016, at the Elie Wiesel memorial at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (Courtesy US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Elisha Wiesel speaks, November 30, 2016, at the Elie Wiesel memorial at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Courtesy U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Elie Wiesel’s son excoriated the rhetoric and policies associated with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, but also cautioned Americans to respect each other however deep the political divide.

“He believed strongly in the world of this museum and broadcasting the dangers of viewing the other with distrust and suspicion,” Elisha Wiesel said Wednesday evening at a memorial service for the Nobel Peace laureate and Holocaust survivor held at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. [Read more…]

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