A Jewish watchdog group’s efforts to spur a federal investigation into the terror-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations and its congressional allies, anti-Semitic Muslim congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, are reportedly being stymied because of left-wing activists.
Last month the watchdog group AntiSemitism.org launched a Change.org petition calling for Attorney General Bill Barr and State Department Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr to launch a federal probe into CAIR’s ties to Congress.
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an American front group for the Hamas terrorist organization, has long been promoting political candidates and finally now have strong allies in the U.S. Congress, being Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib,” the petition reads.
“While these two Congresswoman are challenging the dual loyalty of the members of the Jewish-American community, since Ilhan and Rashida don’t have dual loyalty, WHO ARE THEY LOYAL TO?”
You’ve destroyed moral clarity with your anti-American & anti-Jewish rhetoric. https://t.co/QfYQGlseM6#BH #USA #antisemitism #tdot #tcot #jcot #tt #Israel #ny #nj #fl #il #tx #ca #dc #mi #pa #va #oh #mo #io #ne #de #va #ga #nc #sc #ar #wi #co #al #wa #or #mn #nm #in #expelomar
— Forward with JtB (@JointheBoycott) April 14, 2019
As of April 24, the petition had almost 33,000 signers, no thanks to Change.org. AntiSemitism.org confirmed to The Daily Caller this week that the petition website has stymied its petition by blocking it from the website’s search engine.
“Though the petition didn’t violate Change.org’s terms, the platform took steps to restrict its ‘discovery on our platform,’ Change.org told StopAntisemitism.org, the watchdog group, in an email shared with The Daily Caller News Foundation,” the outlet reported Tuesday.
This means in short that the petition cannot be found with Change.org’s search function. The only way to access it, therefore, is via a direct URL link to the petition’s Web page. This makes it significantly more difficult for the petition to gain traction and go viral.
Change.org has also placed a banner above the petition that reads, “Change.org has received flags from our users that the statements in this petition may be contested. You should consider researching this issue before signing or sharing.”
Just realized #ChangePolitics has Hard Left Bias. Getting emails & DM’s that Change is censoring and blocking funding of petition Calling upon U.S. A.G. William Barr and special #Antisemitism Envoy Elan Carr to probe #Hamas-affiliated CAIR ties in Congress https://t.co/2zhwxykVmN pic.twitter.com/1TheX22div
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) April 3, 2019
Check the petition @Change and #CAIR are censoring! @StopAntisemiti3 anti-#CAIR #IlhanOmar and #RashidaTlaib 21,000 sig. petition calling US AG and Special Envoy Against #Antisemitism to check CAIR ties to terror orgs. still flagged https://t.co/2zhwxykVmN https://t.co/5kI6WbaG2q pic.twitter.com/iCFBOOQvae
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) April 4, 2019
According to Change.org spokesperson David Barre, the website took action after certain unnamed users — presumably left-wing activists — complained about the petition’s accuracy.
“Change.org is an open platform and we care deeply about free speech and empowering our users to create the change they want to see. When a petition is flagged by users, we review its content to see if it violates our stated policies and to determine whether or not the petition should be removed,” he said, before admitting that the petition doesn’t actually violate Change.org’s terms and conditions.
“Since this petition itself does not violate our terms, we have not removed any specific language or phrase in the petition but taken steps to ensure users know we are aware of their concerns by adding a banner. We are not in a position to determine whether the content on our platform is true or false.”
“In this case, as soon as we received a user claim, we let the petition starter know about the claim for their own protection and to give them the opportunity to amend or remove the petition. If/when we receive more information from the claimant substantiating their claims, we may be compelled to take further actions.”
Change.org appears to be acting as if AntiSemitism.org is a guilty party that must prove its innocence. This seems to fly in the face of how justice is actually supposed to work.
While it’s unclear what specifically the presumed left-wing activists had complained about, the petition accurately details CAIR’s history, from its inception in the early 90s to its current influence.
“CAIR was founded following a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee, which the Department of Justice has described as a covert organization established to support Hamas,” the petition accurately notes.
“In 2007, CAIR was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case that found Holy Land Foundation responsible for siphoning over $12 million to Hamas. In fact, in a 2009 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis determined that CAIR is Hamas.”
“CAIR instructs Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement, opposes counter-terrorism initiatives, promotes hate crime hoaxes, seeks to suppress opponents of jihad, censors legitimate free speech criticism of Islam based on claims of ‘Islamophobia,’ and praises convicted murders and terrorists.”
All of this is true. For instance, late last year Zahra Billoo, the executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area branch, was recorded praising Islamic teenagers who commit acts of terror against the Israelis as “martyrs” participating in “an act of resistance.”
And a couple of years back CAIR tried to persuade the University of Central Florida to boot a professor after he delivered a reportedly factually accurate lecture critical of radical Islam.
Zachor Legal Institute, a legal think tank and advocacy organization that combats anti-Semitism, has reportedly threatened legal action against Change.org.
“Change.org is at odds with its own rules, procedures and guidelines. They refuse to provide substantive responses or uphold their stated mission,” the institute’s president, Marc Greendorfer, said in a statement to The Daily Caller. “The company that claims to empower individuals around the world to be agents of positive change is complicit in our problems.”
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