Congressman Keith Ellison, a leading candidate to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, is facing new scrutiny for the alleged use of anti-semitic rhetoric while a student at the University of Minnesota.
The new revelations came in a mostly positive profile of Ellison in Mother Jones, the progressive news outlet.
Ellison, who at the time was known as “Keith Hakim,” is accused by a former classmate of saying: “European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world.”
The classmate, Michael Olenick, a former editor of the Minnesota Daily said, “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders.’”
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This isn’t the first time Ellison has been accused of anti-Semitism.
While a law school student, he was involved with the Nation of Islam, an African-American group led by vocal anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
In December 2010, audio recordings from a 2010 private fundraiser were released where Ellison says American foreign policy is “governed” by Israelis.
Ellison is one of eight candidates vying to assume control of the Democratic National Committee. The DNC chairmanship election will take place between Feb. 23 and 26 at the Party’s “Winter Meeting.”
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