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Meet the Gaza-Raised Grandson of a Munich Terrorist Running for Congress

Meet Ammar Campa-Najjar, a 2018 primary candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District: According to his website, he’s just your run-of-the-mill southern California Democrat.

He’s a gun-grabber from the word go, utterly dedicated to a woman’s right to murder the fruit of her womb, and celebrates the full range of possible psycho-sexual unions, including, generously, the one likely to bear such fruit. He favors Medicare for all without a hint of how to pay for it, and he demands the total abolition of any meaningful border between California and the drug cartels.

Oh, yes -- he happens to be the grandson of one of the masterminds of the 1972 slaughter of eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics.

Born and raised in San Diego, Campa-Najjar had a fairly conventional upbringing -- if you consider a four-year sojourn in Gaza part of a normal childhood. When his neighbors began to make things a bit too hot, Campa-Najjar and his Mexican-American mother decided it was time to return to the land of effete decadence, the Hotel California.

Campa-Najjar wants to run against the ethically challenged (investigated by the FBI for campaign finance abuse), rock-solid conservative (ACU rating: 97%) Republican Duncan Hunter. Hunter seems to have little to worry about: He carried the district with 63.5% of the vote in the last election, though that is a decline from the previous election, which he won by a handy 71%. In terms of money, Hunter has a big edge: his war chest is over $400,000, as opposed to Campa-Najjar’s $34,000.

In 2012, Campa-Najjar was an Obama campaign deputy regional director. After Obama’s victory, Campa-Najjar was rewarded by Obama’s Labor Department: he was chosen to serve as head of the Office of Public Affairs of the Employment and Training Administration. Unable to afford the move to Washington, he instead worked with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in communications and marketing.

Raised in the shadow of terrorist Muhammad Yussuf Najjar, Ammar Campa-Najjar says that he has shunned the family business, so to speak, to give peace a chance. He has forged ties with the progressive Jewish community. He says that he rejects his grandfather’s terrorism, and that his “goal is for our generation to be better than our predecessors, and find a way to end this conflict.”

Laudable, if true. But the Jewish Telegraphic Agency only cites the praise of two rabbis, who are anonymously quoted. And Campa-Najjar’s stated commitment to the Bernie Sanders “Our Revolution” agenda sure calls into question his actual level of support for the security needs of Israel, our only reliable ally in the Middle East.

Remember this from Bernie Sanders:

The would-be president castigated Israel for an ostensibly “indiscriminate” war on Gaza in the summer of 2014, and, while admitting that he didn’t really know the facts, asserted, twice, that Israel killed over 10,000 innocent civilians in the course of that conflict. … That’s seven times the self-serving figure asserted by Hamas.

The Israeli authorities believe the true figure was far lower, both because Hamas inflated the overall numbers of combatants and noncombatants killed, and because Hamas deliberately misrepresents many of its own dead gunmen, who often fought out of uniform, as civilians -- to demonize Israel, and to minimize its own losses.