“Deceased candidate strengthens lead in Chula Vista city attorney race,” Fox News San Diego reported on November 11. Simon Silva, who passed away from cancer in September, was leading opponent Dan Smith by 487 votes. There was also something unusual about the race for mayor.
City council member John McCann took an early lead over Ammar Campa-Najjar, a “Chula Vista native and businessman” according to CBS News, but there was more to the candidate. A lot more.
In 2020, Campa-Najjar ran for Congress in California’s 50th district and lost to Republican Darrell Issa. In 2018 in the same district, Campa-Najjar lost to incumbent Duncan Hunter Jr. but that was not his first involvement in national elections.
“Campa-Najjar previously served as a deputy regional field director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, worked in the Obama White House, the Department of Labor, and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.” None of those agencies revealed the provenance of Obama’s connected campaign worker.
“Grandson of Munich Massacre Terrorist Is Running for Congress,” the Israeli Haaretz headlined on February 20, 2018. The revelation was not in the campaign materials of grandson Ammar Campa-Najjar, which said only that he was “the son of a Mexican American mother and a Middle Eastern immigrant father.”
Muhammad Abu Yousef al-Najjar, the candidate’s grandfather, was a commander of Black September, the Palestinian terrorist cell that abducted, tortured and murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A veteran of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Najjar coordinated the military arm of Fatah, served on the executive committee of the PLO, and was a member of the Palestinian National Congress.
In 1973, Israeli commandos killed Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar and his wife in Beirut.
According to the official story, his son Yasser al-Najjar lived in Egypt until 1981. He moved to San Diego County and met his wife Abigail. How the son of a high-profile terrorist managed to enter the United States is a matter of some mystery.
In 2003, Linda Gradstein of National Public Radio interviewed Yasser al-Najjar at his office in Gaza. Al-Najjar was then serving as “the head of the European division in the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Planning and Cooperation.” He was married, with four children but his wife and children were not named. “I’ve lived in nine countries and I’ve visited so many countries I can’t remember how many,” al-Najjar told NPR.
Gradstein did not ask al-Najjar how or when he entered the United States, when he allegedly earned his MBA from San Diego State and operated three clothing boutiques. Al-Najjar did not volunteer the information, and none of it emerged in 2012 when Ammar Campa-Najjar served on POTUS 44’s reelection campaign and secured a position in the White House.
In a 2017 op-ed piece in The Hill, Campa-Najjar came billed as a “Mexican-Palestinian American and former Obama campaign and administration official.” He claimed his father “migrated from the Middle East to America on a student visa.” And as the son explained, “I grew up in the crosshairs of the Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza,” but “I attended an Islamic school in San Diego as a child.”
The school was part of “a mosque called Masjid Abu Bakr,” and “I knew three men at that mosque, Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour,” who were issued visas. “Those three men were among the 19 terrorist hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.”
As the San Diego Reader explained, Mihdhar and Hamzi hijacked the airliner that crashed into the Pentagon, and as KPBS noted, the imam of the mosque helped one of the hijackers transfer funds. After the 2001 attacks, Ammar wrote, “I didn’t cry that week when the Islamic school I attended was vandalized and declared unsafe to study or pray in.”
The Islamic school and radical mosque proved no bar to recruitment by the Obama White House. Indeed, the Palestinian Mexican American, who supposedly became a devout Christian, readily compared himself to POTUS 44.
Of the Gaza sojourn, Campa-Najjar told Rolling Stone, “it was a very Obamaesque, Dreams of Your Father, situation.” MarketWatch headlined a story, “Meet the Hispanic-Arab-American running for Congress who’s giving off Barack Obama vibes.” Al-Najjar described himself as an “Obama baby” and said of the inspiring president, “I don’t think God makes too many men like that.”
Rolling Stone called the Obama baby a “rockstar Democratic candidate,” but he lost runs for Congress in 2018 and 2020. The Democratic rockstar then sought to be mayor of Chula Vista, a city of 277,220 south of San Diego.
September 5 marked 50 years since the terrorist massacre masterminded by Muhammad Abu Yousef al-Najjar, the Democratic rockstar’s grandfather. The anniversary did not get the attention it deserved and few media outlets took the trouble to name the victims: David Berger, Ze’ev Friedman, Yossef Gutfreund, Eliezer Halfin, Yossef Romano, Amitzur Shapira, Kehat Shorr, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, Yakov Springer and Moshe Weinberg.
Despite the anniversary, Campa-Najjar’s terrorist provenance did not become an issue in the Chula Vista mayor’s race. McCann extended an early lead but at this writing, on November 16, the new mayor has yet to be declared, and dead man Simon Silva is still a contender for city attorney. Whoever prevails, the contest has settled some issues.
America’s establishment media have the attention span of a hummingbird. The same media will accept an unbelievable story without any serious investigation. And the same media will attack anyone who raises questions about the unbelievable story.
Chula Vista is about 11 miles from the border. As the Associated Press reported in April of 2021, “two men on a terrorism watch list were arrested after illegally crossing the border from Mexico into California.” The men, ages 26 and 33, hailed from Yemen and both were on the FBI’s terrorism watch list and U.S. no-fly list.
As of September, nearly two million “migrants” have crossed the southern border into the United States. Maybe some will turn up as Democratic rockstar candidates in 2024.