Sunday, September 07, 2008

Roster of Hate: Guide to Barack Obama's Extremist Ties

These are the documented connections -- using attribution from mainstream media sources -- that should have people thinking twice before they consider voting for Barack Obama.

The Los Angeles Times ("Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama") reports that in 2003 controversial academic Rashid Khalidi was toasted at a going away party by Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced "about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife... and conversations that were 'consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases." Who is Khalidi, now an academic at Columbia? MSNBC reported that Khalidi is a virulent opponent of the Jews and "Zionists", stating that "Israel is a 'racist' state with an 'apartheid system' and that America has been 'brainwashed' by Israel." Khalidi also served as a spokesman for the PLO. In 2000, the Khalidis held a fundraiser for Obama's unsuccessful congressional bid. The next year, a group headed by Mona Khalidi received a $40,000 grant from the Woods Fund of Chicago, when Obama served on its board of directors.

The Jewish Press ("Obama Served On Board That Funded Pro-Palestinian Group") reports that Mona Khalidi's group -- a pro-Palestinian organization called the "Arab-American Action Network" (AAAN) received a total of $75,000 from the Woods Fund during the time Obama served on its board.

The AAAN "considers the fact that Israel exists a 'catastrophe' and supports initiatives for illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses and education benefits." It promotes open borders immigration policies and favors giving illegal aliens who attend Illinois high schools (dubbed “undocumented students” by AAAN) "the opportunity to pursue higher education".

The Wall Street Journal ("Obama's Muslim-Outreach Adviser Resigns") wrote in August that Barack Obama's choice for Muslim outreach resigned after his affiliations to radical extremists were revealed. Mazen Asbahi is a frequent speaker before several groups in the U.S. that scholars have associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Egyptian group whose credo reads Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Mr. Asbahi also briefly served on a board with Jamal Said, the imam at a fundamentalist-controlled mosque in Illinois, who the Justice Department named an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2007 racketeering trial of several alleged Hamas fund-raisers.

The Los Angeles Times ("Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama") reports that the Anti-Defamation League is concerned about Obama's 20-year relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose racist and anti-Israel rhetoric recently came to light.

Wright's church bulletin reprinted a Times op-ed written by a leader of Hamas that advocated violence against Jews. "In the context of spending 20 years in a church where now it is clear the anti-Israel rhetoric was there, was repeated, . . . that's what makes his presence at an Arab American event... a greater concern."

The Los Angeles Times ("Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama") reports that in 1998 Obama attended a speech by Edward Said, a leading Palestinian advocate, who called for a "campaign against settlements, against Israeli apartheid."

Said wrote numerous position papers that pilloried America and Israel for its maltreatment of the Palestinian people: "For the American Zionist, therefore, Arabs are not real beings... To submit supinely to a Zionist-controlled Middle East policy... will neither bring stability at home nor equality and justice in the US."

The Atlantic ("Obama on Zionism and Hamas") stated that Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef did not aid Barack Obama's cause in May when he endorsed the senator.

“We like Mr. Obama and we hope that he will win the election.”

Why? "He has a vision to change America." Of course, Hamas' preference for American presidents may not sit well with some. Yousef described Jimmy Carter as a "noble man" who "did an excellent job as President."

Israel National News ("Arab-American Activist Says Obama Hiding Anti-Israel Stance") states that Ali Abunimah -- a Palestinian activist who runs the website Electronic Intifada -- says he knows Obama well and met him during many pro-Palestinian meetings. Abunimah said he knew his state senator for many years and that Obama "used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time." At a 2004 dinner gathering, Abunimah said, Obama greeted him warmly and said privately that he needed to speak cautiously about the Middle East: "that he was sorry he wasn't talking more about the Palestinian cause, but that his primary campaign had constrained what he could say."

Investor's Business Daily ("Barack Obama — Magna Cum Saudi?"): New York's Inside City Hall recently featured an interview with Percy Sutton, a one-time candidate for mayor of New York. Sutton stated that an associate, Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, asked him to write a letter of reference for Barack Obama who was applying for admittance to Harvard Law School. Sutton said al-Mansour "is the principal adviser to one of the world's richest men. He told me about Obama." al-Mansour reportedly represented Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah.

The question that comes to mind is: why?

ABC News reports that Minister Louis Farrakhan recently endorsed Barack Obama as president. "I like him very much. I like him, he has a fresh approach," the Nation of Islam's leader said. "And I'm fearful, because there's a structure in our government that no matter who sits in the seat of power, there are forces that one has to contend with if one is able to attract the masses of their votes... If avoiding me would help him to become president, I'd be glad to stay in the background, because of the taint that's on the minister." Said taint includes accusing whites of being devils created by an evil scientist, describing Judaism as a gutter religion and referring to the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler as "wickedly great."

The Chicago Reader ("What Makes Obama Run?") notes that Obama was a key figure in Farrakhan's Million Man March. Biography states that Obama and Al Sharpton were among the prominent leaders who participated. Jeremiah Wright, who CBS said was "for over two decades a sort of intellectual father figure" to Obama, also "helped organize the 1995 Million Man March on Washington" with Farrakhan.

Wright, of course, was the controversial and divisive preacher of Trinity United Church during Obama's long association with the man and the church.

The New Republic ("The Agitator - Barack Obama's unlikely political education") noted that Wright's background is unique for a preacher. Wright is, in fact, a former Muslim and current black nationalist who instilled in Trinity a guiding principle called the "Black Value System" -- included a "Disavowal of the Pursuit of 'Middleclassness.'" Among Wright's bizarre actions: reprinting an op-ed by Mousa Abu Marzook, a leader in the terrorist group Hamas. Hamas' charter is straightforward: it calls "for the death of all Jews." Marzook was deported in 1997 when Federal Judge Kevin Duffy wrote "Abu Marzook engaged in and intended to further the aims of [a terrorist] conspiracy by his membership in and support of the Hamas organization... [and] probable cause exists that Abu Marzook knew of Hamas's plan to carry out violent, murderous attacks, that he selected the leadership and supplied the money to enable the attacks to take place, and that such attacks were, therefore, a foreseeable consequence of the conspiracy."

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MSNBC ("Obama under fire for comment on Palestinians") states that Iowa Democrats were troubled after a 2007 campaign stop in which Obama stated that "nobody's suffering more than the Palestinian people." His campaign later recanted, saying the statement had been misinterpreted.

The Washington Post ("Obama Backs Away From Comment on Divided Jerusalem") reported that Obama acknowledged that the status of Jerusalem would need to be negotiated, reversing a statement made days earlier to AIPAC that the city "must remain undivided." After Palestinian leaders complained, Obama "quickly backtracked yesterday in an interview with CNN."

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Jim Hoft offers the best summary I've read.

Anyone who believes that Barack Obama, who spent 20 years in a Jew-hating church, with a Jew-hating pastor, and hung around Jew haters, is going to be a friend of Israel is a fool.

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