Mikhael Smits Details Virginia Lawmaker’s Connections to Anti-Semitic Orgs.

• May 22, 2019 3:30 pm


Washington Free Beacon media analyst Mikhael Smits discussed Virginia delegate Ibraheem Samirah's connections to anti-Semitic organizations, and his father's role as a Hamas fundraiser, on the One America News Network Wednesday.

Appearing on Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler, Smits laid out the findings of his report on the member of the Virginia legislature published Tuesday by the Free Beacon.

Smits explained how the delegate's father, described by Samirah as having taught him to "dedicate my life to the liberation of Palestine," was politically active in Jordanian politics and called for a military invasion of Israel. The father lived in the United States illegally, and was barred reentry after visiting a relative in Jordan in 2002.

"[The father] appeared on Al Jazeera a number of times," Smits said. "He ran for public office, and he was also identified as the spokesman for the Islamic Action Front, which is a political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood."

Smits then discussed some of the delegate's own comments and connections to an organization called American Muslims for Palestine, which has a history of circulating anti-Semitic sentiments.

"Reporting found that he had made a number of what were considered anti-Semitic comments on Facebook in five-year-old posts at the time," Smits said. "They were posts that compared Israel's soldiers to worse than the KKK; when Israel's former prime-minister passed away he said that he should burn in hell…now, some of these comments are much more recent, his participation in AMP's conference in 2017 is very recent."

In the full Free Beacon article, Smits thoroughly details Samirah's connections to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic organizations, as well as his father's political activities.

Smits said that Samirah has declined to return comment in response to his findings.

Published under: Anti-Semitism, Israel, Virginia