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Change.Org Is Allegedly Censoring A Petition From An Anti-Semitism Watchdog Group

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The watchdog group StopAntiSemitism.org — which describes itself as a group that "exposes anti-Semitism in all facets of American society through social media platforms and mobilizes Americans through petitions that call to action" — currently has nearly 34,000 signatures for a Change.org petition entitled, "Call on US AG & Antisemitism Envoy Carr to Probe Hamas Affiliated CAIR Ties in Congress."

 

The petition makes claims about the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and mentions that CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation case, which was the biggest terror financing case in the history of the U.S. Department of Justice. The petition then ends with a call for U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr to "investigate" any ties between freshman congresswomen Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and CAIR.

The investigation that the petition calls for may or may not be legitimate. After all, Omar and Tlaib do not in any way hide their affiliations with CAIR.

Regardless, according to StopAntiSemitism.org, the petition is being censored by Change.org.

 

A press release obtained by The Daily Wire from StopAntiSemitism.org claims the following:

 

Change.org is aggressively censoring a petition that calls for action against anti-Semitism, which was posted by the watchdog group StopAntisemitism.org. Over the past year, Stop Antisemitism has frequently used the Change.org platform to issue public petitions calling out anti-Semites who threaten and undermine the security of Jewish people and the broader values of the United States. Stop Antisemitism’s past and current petitions are endorsed by nearly 100,000 individuals. ...

While Change.org admitted by email on April 3, 2019, that user searches and comments on the petition were disabled, the company has not corrected these issues nor addressed the other allegations. Zachor Legal Institute received a response from Change.org that ignored all substantive questions and concerns raised by its letter.

"Change.org is at odds with its own rules, procedures and guidelines. They refuse to provide substantive responses or uphold their stated mission." Zachor Legal Institute President Marc Greendorfer said. "The company that claims to empower individuals around the world to be agents of positive change is complicit in our problems."

The press release also claims that "[t]he option for users to contribute funds to promote the petition after signing it is unavailable" and that "[s]ome users reported that they are unable to sign the petition."

As The Daily Wire has reported extensively, Omar has frequently trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes and peddled conspiracy theories since joining Congress. For example, The Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra reported in March on her serial peddling of the age-old dual loyalty canard:

Embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ignited another firestorm on Sunday when she made anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish member of Congress, accusing the congresswoman of wanting her to have dual loyalties to Israel. ...

On Sunday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is also Jewish, also called out Omar for her anti-Semitic remarks from last week, tweeting: "Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful."

Omar responded: "Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!"

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