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EMET Applauds President Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan

(Washington, DC, March 21, 2019) – Today is an historic day.  President Trump just tweeted “After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance for the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”

This is a game changer. For years, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) has been on Capitol Hill and in the White House talking about the vital necessity of American recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which we see as the dividing line between a civilized Western democracy and the radical forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is even more important now that Syria is a failed state, and has been open to all the most pernicious forces of the region, including Hezbollah, which has been encroaching closer and closer to the border of Israel.

This announcement could not possibly come at a better time. Israeli intelligence recently revealed that Hezbollah Commander, Ali Musa Daqduq, is building a Hezbollah front that can attack Israel from Syria.

For the last 52 years, the Golan Heights, an area of approximately 690 square miles, has been in Israeli hands. This area was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in its defensive war of 1967, and was successfully retained by the IDF in its defensive war of 1973.

The Golan Heights has served as a unique topographical buffer between Israel, Syria and Lebanon. It has long been said that whoever controls the Golan Heights, controls the area. That is because it is the high ground offering a unique geographical vantage point from which intelligence and defense forces can peer directly into Damascus and Beirut. Israeli General (Res.) Giora Eiland has famously said that “there is no solution for Israel’s survival without control of the Golan Heights.”

For far too many years, many within the international community have used the term “Occupied” to describe the Golan Heights. That has been a tragic misuse of terms. By using such terminology, a very pernicious connotation had been sent to Israel’s enemies that this area is “in play,” when every Israeli citizen, right, left and center, knows the strategic value of the Golan Heights, and would never trade that land away.

The Iranian General Aziz Nasirzadeh recently said the Iranian air force’s “young generation are impatient and ready for a fight against the Zionist regime to wipe it off the earth.”

Today, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, when we celebrate the deliverance of the Jews from a Persian enemy who swore to obliterate us, we celebrate nothing short of a modern-day Purim miracle, when modern Persia, Iran, almost daily swears that it will obliterate Israel, the United States’ one reliable democratic ally in the Middle East.

EMET is profoundly grateful to President Trump for this bold and courageous move, which we believe is nothing short of “reality therapy.”

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About the Endowment for Middle East Truth
Founded in 2005, EMET’s mission is to educate policymakers in Washington and the general public about the importance of Israel to the United States in their common struggle against radical Islam. For more information, please visit, http://www.emetonline.org. Follow EMET on Twitter and Facebook.

Photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

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The Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET, condemns, in the harshest terms possible, the brutal, savage murder of 50 Muslims bent in prayer at Christchurch, New Zealand.

We lift our voices to speak out clearly and forcefully against any sort of racism, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, whether it be in Christchurch, in Charlottesville, in Pittsburgh or in any corner of the world.

This senseless savagery occurred while innocent people were bent in prayer, in an act of piety within the quiet of their sanctuary. This evokes a familiar echo to the brutal murder of 11 Jewish worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last year.

There should be absolutely no place, whether it be in the mosque, in the synagogue, on the college campus or in the public square where “the other,” the immigrant or the stranger, is singled out for antipathy and for violence.

The Jewish people know all too well what it is like to be singled out for senseless hatred and acts of brutality, and mourn together with our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Photo: ABC News: Nour Haydar

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As many of you might be aware, EMET authored a letter signed by a dozen pro-Israel and/or Jewish groups, to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Eliot Engel requesting that Representative Ilhan Omar, (Democrat, Minnesota), be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, because of her continuous anti-Semitic statements and tweets, and because she had very recently spoken at a function for Islamic Relief, an organization with known terrorist ties, so much so that the respected financial institutions of Credit Suisse, UBS and HSBC have all felt it necessary to sever all ties with the group. In 2014, the government of Israel banned Islamic Relief because of its known ties to Hamas, and in that same year  United Arab Emirates severed all ties to the group and labelled it a terrorist organization because of its known ties to Hamas.

We feel that our national security interests and those of our fellow democratic ally in the Middle East will be severely compromised by having Rep. Omar sit on this all important and sensitive committee, where she will have access to classified information.

The letter was delivered to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s  and Chairman Eliot Engel’s offices on Monday, March 4th, and by Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump was tweeting about it. His exact words were: “Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!”

By Tuesday morning, EMET’s Founder and President was called to Fox and Friends to discuss the letter. Here is her interview.

We have generated a tremendous amount of media attention because of this. Below are some of the stories:

Pro-Israel groups seek Rep. Omar’s removal from Foreign Affairs Committee-One America News

Rep. Omar and anti-Semitism in Congress-One America News

Rep. Ilhan Omar anti-Semitic remarks spark controversy-One America News

Leading Jewish groups demand anti-Semitic Omar be removed from Foreign Affairs Committee-Washington Free Beacon

12 pro-Israel groups call on Pelosi, Engel to remove Omar from House CommitteeJewish News Syndicate

Jewish groups: anti-Semitism resolution ‘means nothing’ unless Ilhan Omar removed from committee-Washington Times

House Dems will take floor action to confront Omar’s latest Israel comments-Politico

Pelosi under pressure from Republicans, Jewish groups to drop Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs-Washington Times

Trump: Ilhan Omar comments are a ‘dark day for Israel’-Times of Israel

House Dems to vote on resolution in response to Omar’s anti-Semitic comments-Washington Free Beacon

Center joins major Jewish organizations in demanding Rep. Ilhan Omar be removed from House Foreign Affairs Committee-Center for Security Policy

Pelosi gets pushed to drop Omar from committee-WorldNetDaily

Ilhan Omar: Foreign affairs chairman says congresswoman should remain on committee amid Republican effort to remove her over Israel comments-Independent

11 pro-Israel groups call on Pelosi, Engel to remove Omar from House Committee-Cleveland Jewish News

Engel says he won’t remove Minnesota Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee-Jewish Press

Among the ‘Jewish groups’ Trump cites, one with neo-Nazi ties-Roll Call

Roll Call smears Jewish groups that called for Omar’s removal from House Committee-Washington Free Beacon

Trump cited a letter against Ilhan Omar signed by far-right, anti-Muslim groups-The Intercept

Cal Thomas: the Democrats’ Jewish problem-Post Bulletin

Democrats divided ahead of expected House resolution condemning anti-Semitism-Jewish News Syndicate

One nation under Allah? Lieberman warns fellow Democrats they are on slippery slope-World Tribune

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Roll Call Smears Jewish Groups That Called for Omar’s Removal From House Committee

By: Adam Kredo
The Washington Free Beacon
March 6, 2019

Roll Call is facing backlash after one of its reporters attempted to discredit a recent effort by a group of leading Jewish and pro-Israel organizations to see Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee following a series of anti-Semitic statements that drew widespread condemnation.

To read the full article, click here: https://freebeacon.com/issues/roll-call-smears-jewish-groups-that-called-for-omars-removal-from-house-committee/ 

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EMET’s Statement on the Roll Call Smear Campaign

Rather than go high, Roll Call decided to go low. When reporting about the letter we authored to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman Eliot Engel discussing Representative Ilhan Omar’s highly anti-Semitic comments, tweets and associations with a group tied to known terrorists, they made vicious, ad hominem attacks at some of our esteemed colleagues who are among the 12 signatories of the letter.

We find it revealing that Roll Call never reported on the substance of our letter, which is that Rep. Omar exposed her real sentiments when she delivered a fundraising speech two weeks ago before Islamic Relief USA, a “charity” that has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and Israel. International banks Credit Suisse, UBS and HSBC have refused to do any banking with Islamic Relief because of fears of ties to terrorist financing.

Instead of focusing on the substance of Rep. Omar’s poor decision to speak before the group, whose leadership also has openly called for the murder of Jews, Roll Call’s first article on the subject is a smear against two of the 12 signatories of this letter.

We have known both the founders of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney, and ACT for America, Brigitte Gabriel, for years. They are led by distinguished individuals who have fought against hate in all its forms, including anti-Semitism. We personally know they are compassionate, loving individuals. That is why it was important to have them join our group letter.

It is ironic that rather than respond to a real  and obvious hatred, the anti-Semitism and Judeophobia that Ilhan Omar so obviously has, the author of this article tried to manufacture some fictitious bias of two such incredibly wonderful human beings.

The Roll Call article is not good journalism. If it were, they would have reported on the substance of the letter.  It is a poor attempt to smear good people as a substitute to discussing the substance at hand: Rep. Omar’s vile anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish people and her decision to align herself with groups which openly have ties to terrorism.

That is where the debate is.

If you would like to read their article, please look here: https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/trump-anti-muslim-groups-letter/

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EMET’s Statement on the Sense of Congress Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

The Sense of Congress Resolution condemning anti-Semitism is a hollow exercise and is far from sufficient. It is wholly insufficient because Representative Omar has demonstrated over and over again that she is comfortable issuing vile anti-Semitic attacks on a Jewish minority who once thought America was a safe place to live.

The time is gone for “feel good” resolutions that vaguely oppose anti-Semitism.  Who would oppose a resolution criticizing anti-Semitism or any other sort of racism?

House Democrats should do the right thing. They should censure Rep. Omar and immediately remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee where she sits. This would send an unmistakable message that Democratic leaders and its rank will not tolerate anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives and that Rep. Omar must be held accountable.

Speaker Pelosi, Holocaust survivors are still alive in the United States who remember the horror of that ugly time. Their children also lived their parent’s agony and persecution as they grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust.

They and all Jews who felt they were safe in America are now nervous again.  They are hearing the repetition of the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes from another loud political leader.

They are simply astonished that today there is an anti-Semite prospering in the halls of Congress who operates freely without any sanction.  And they are worried as they see others outside the Congress cheer on Rep. Omar for her despicable attacks on Jewish Americans.

Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic majority owe it to the Jewish community to take concrete action. We are depending on your good sense and your intolerance for the scourge of anti-Semitism to do the right thing.

Ms. Omar was appropriately rebuked by Speaker Pelosi on February 11 which prompted her to send out a perfunctory apology.  However, within weeks, she again invoked another ugly classic anti-Semitic canard, invoking the widely discredited position that Jewish Members of Congress demonstrate “dual loyalty” between the United States and Israel.

What is even more troubling is the fact that on February 23, Ms. Omar addressed a fundraising event for Islamic Relief USA.  Islamic Relief is a “charity” with documented operational ties to terrorist organizations. Years ago, UAE and Israel designated Islamic Relief as a terrorist organization.

Ms. Omar’s support for terrorists is nothing new.  In 2016, while a state representative from Minnesota, she wrote a letter to a judge asking for leniency for nine Minnesota men who made plans to join ISIS, including the purchase of fake passports to travel to Syria. This is ISIS, who considers the United States the ultimate enemy. This is ISIS, which engaged in the most barbaric acts of brutality, such as burning people alive in cages, chopping off their heads, and killing thousands of Christians, Yazidis and even other Muslims, not as extreme as themselves.

A person with these sorts of inclinations should never be allowed to sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This is a Committee where Ms. Omar will have access to highly classified and sensitive documents.

By allowing her to remain on this Committee, our national security interests and those of our one democratic ally in the region, Israel, might well be severely compromised.

Rep. Omar should be promptly censured and immediately removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Anything short of that simply rings hollow.

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Pelosi under pressure from Republicans, Jewish groups to drop Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs

Minnesota Democrat involved in another anti-Semitism flap

– The Washington Times – Monday, March 4, 2019

Republicans and Jewish groups ramped up their calls Monday for Democrats to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in response to the latest anti-Semitism uproar involving the first-term congresswoman.

Read the full article at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/4/pelosi-under-pressure-republicans-jewish-groups-dr/

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12 pro-Israel groups call on Pelosi, Engel to remove Omar from House Committee

They also sounded the alarm ahead of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s scheduled appearance at Islamic Relief USA, “whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations.”

By: JNS.org
March 4, 2019

Twelve pro-Israel groups delivered a letter on Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), urging for the removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the committee amid the Minnesota congresswoman’s latest anti-Semitic remarks.  “Speaker Pelosi, you demonstrated wisdom and leadership in rebuking Rep. Omar on February 11 following her use of anti-Semitic stereotypes, and Chairman Engel, your reaction to the classic anti-Semitic trope of the charge of ‘dual loyalty’ about American Jews, that Rep. Omar uttered this weekend at a Washington establishment, was highly appropriate, and we applaud you both for that,” they said.

Read the complete article here: https://www.jns.org/11-pro-israel-groups-call-on-pelosi-engel-to-remove-omar-from-house-committee/?

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