Silly optimist that I am, I thought that with the end of the USA election campaign, the flood of silly season emails would dry up. (See Get with it: Obama hopes and fears
. It has not dried up. It has in fact, gotten sillier if anything.
Mr. Obama is not yet president. He has done nothing at all about the Middle East
. There is no real evidence on which to base any opinion of his Middle East policies, and yet these "Zionists" are going full speed ahead, pillorying Obama and his administration as allies of the Hamas
Over the past few days I am sorry to say that the level of accusations made against Barack Obama has deteriorated. I have gotten mail claiming that Obama uses hypnosis to convince people, and there is a "story" out there in "Zionist" publications claiming that Obama is the son of Malcolm X.
Barack Obama has announced one appointment. It was not Louis Farakhan or Robert Malley or Rashid Khalidi or Jesse Jackson. It was a Palestinian though, just as the doomsayers have been predicting. A Jewish
Palestinian, though. He appointed Rahm Emanuel to be the White House Chief of Staff. This is not a policy position, but as the presidential gatekeeper Emanuel will have a certain amount of power. In some administrations, this post is more important than others. Emanuel's family has an interesting history
. Their uncle, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed by Arabs in Jerusalem in 1933, and the family took the name "Emanuel" in his honor. Emanuel's father was a messenger for the Irgun
. As can be expected, this was not pleasing to Electronic Intifada editor and supposed Obama friend Ali Abunimah. Abunimah wrote:
One of the most influential politicians and fundraisers in
his party, Emanuel accompanied Obama to a meeting of AIPAC's executive board just after the Illinois senator had addressed the pro-Israel lobby's conference last June.
In Congress, Emanuel has been a consistent and vocal pro-Israel hardliner, sometimes more so than President Bush. In June 2003, for example, he signed a letter criticizing Bush for being insufficiently supportive of Israel. "We were deeply dismayed to hear your criticism of Israel for fighting acts of terror," Emanuel, along with 33 other Democrats wrote to Bush. The letter said that Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian political leaders "was clearly justified as an application of
Israel's right to self-defense."
In July 2006, Emanuel was one of several members who called for the cancellation of a speech to Congress by visiting Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki because al-Maliki had criticized Israel's bombing of Lebanon. Emanuel called the Lebanese and Palestinian governments "totalitarian entities with militias and terrorists acting as democracies" in a 19 July 2006 speech supporting a House resolution backing Israel's bombing of both countries that caused thousands of civilian victims.
Emanuel has sometimes posed as a defender of Palestinian lives, though never from the constant Israeli violence that is responsible for the vast majority of deaths and injuries. On 14 June 2007 he wrote to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "on behalf of students in the Gaza Strip whose future is threatened by the ongoing fighting there" which he blamed on "the violence and militancy of their elders."
That should be a satisfactory reference for Emanuel's credentials as a card carrying member of the international Zionist conspiracy. It is not enough to satisfy some, as a scandalous report has been circulating with the crucially damning evidence that Rahm's brother Ari is an associate of Michael Moore. No doubt it will also be discovered that his third cousin twice removed had dinner with Cindy Sheehan in 1995, and that a relative in Israel got a draft deferment from the IDF. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that Emanuel volunteered for the IDF during the Gulf War.
Barack Obama gave one other sign of which way the wind is going to blow, for what it is worth. During a press conference on Friday, he spoke mostly of domestic matters and the economy as might be expected, but when asked a question about Iran, he said:
"Iran's development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable and we have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening,"
He also said Iran's support of terrorist organizations was "something that has to cease." These remarks were greeted with consternation in Iran, as we might expect. What a bummer for all the Ahmadinejad groupies!
These are favorable omens. Of course, those who have the best interests of Israel and the United States at heart should always be ready to provide constructive and credible policy input. They should also be prompt protest policies that they consider to be unfair or unwise, but that criticism should be based on evidence, not frivolous gossip about Ari Emanuel's (brother of Rahm) clients.
The stream of anti-Obama invective is not based on any real evidence, and it is not about defending Israel or Zionism or Jews. It is a continuation of partisan election propaganda that is aimed at trying to falsely identifying Zionism with Republicanism and conservative extremism. That, as I shall discuss in my next blog, seems to me to be a big mistake.
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But on the other hand, is Robert Malley still a "senior foreign policy adviser" to Obama?
If so, I suspect the Rahm Emanuel appointment may not be quite so significant as it seemed to be at first.
Joe Camel, Tuesday, November 11th
Optimist that I am, I find myself torn between two conflicting explanations for Obama's picking Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, and Emanuel's acceptance of the invitation.
(1) Obama has quite recently switched from being strongly pro-Palestinian to being strongly pro-Israel.
(2) Obama was never as strongly pro-Palestinian as he was thought to be, both by people who wanted him to be and by those who didn't, that is to say, both by the Khalidis and the Mark Steyns.
Joe Camel, Tuesday, November 11th
Well, it appears that Hamas might have thrown its money out when it financed the Obama campaign to the alleged tune of $37000. And Farrakhan's referring to him as the "the Messiah" was a result of his being similarly hoodwinked. We shall see.
I will admit it if I have been wrong, but more than two decades of alliances with anti-Semites are pretty damning evidence when juxtaposed with appointing Rahm Emmanuel.
Howard Wolf, Sunday, November 9th
Thank you for this thoughtful post.
As a liberal Jew, I find your voice on such matters to be sane, fair, and insightful.
Keep it up.
Karmafish, Sunday, November 9th
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