THE PRO-PALESTINIAN POSITION
One of them - the "Tear Down the Wall" resolution - called for the dismantling of the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank. The other - the divestment, or "Economic Leverage," resolution - urged church members to divest from companies that do business in Israel.
"Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation."
"I remember personally introducing [Obama] onstage in 1999, when we had a major community fundraiser for the community center for the Deheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. And that's just one example of how Barack Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation. [Obama] came with his wife. That's where I had a chance to really talk to him. It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs ... He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel."
Now, if Abunimah was the only friend that Obama had who harbored ill feelings toward the Jewish community and the state of Israel, that would be one thing; but it seems that there is a plethora of Obama associates who harbor the same kind of feelings. For example, the Los Angeles Times devoted a lengthy front-page story by Peter Wallsten headlined, "Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama." Jonathan Mark of The Jewish Week in New York City comments on Wallsten's article:
"The story focused on Obama's time as an Illinois state legislator, just five years ago, when he was ... allied with Rashid Khalidi, the vocal anti-Zionist professor at Columbia University who at the time was living in Obama's Chicago district ... At a farewell party for Khalidi, Obama is quoted as saying that his conversations with Khalidi had been 'consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases'. Wallsten writes, the Obama-Khalidi relationship 'has left some Palestinian American leaders believing that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say'. They base that belief on his presence at 'events where anger at Israeli and U.S. Middle East policy was freely expressed', not unlike those who wonder about Obama's truest self after his relationship with Wright and his anger. 'I am confident that Barack Obama is more sympathetic to the position of ending the occupation than either of the other candidates', said Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow for the American Task Force on Palestine, to Wallsten."
Present at the meeting was Edward Said, the late anti-Zionist professor and member of the Palestinian Authority legislature.
Then there are all of Obama's socialist friends that are prominent in the Chicago political milieu out from which Obama emerged; chief among these friends are Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, both leaders in the 1960s terrorist group "Weatherman," a Communist-driven splinter faction of "Students for a Democratic Society."
In his 2001 book Fugitive Days, Ayers recounts his life as a Sixties radical and boasts that he "participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972." He adds:
"There's something about a good bomb ... Night after night, day after day, each majestic scene I witnessed was so terrible and so unexpected that no city would ever again stand innocently fixed in my mind. Big buildings and wide streets, cement and steel were no longer permanent. They, too, were fragile and destructible. A torch, a bomb, a strong enough wind, and they, too, would come undone or get knocked down."
Both Ayers and Dohrn are outspoken in their pro-Palestinian views. And the list goes on and on; for example,
Ayers is on the far left; Dohrn is on the far right.
Clearly, the cultural and political milieu out from which Obama emerged is tainted with a pro-Palestinian / anti-Israel bias, and this bias is, no doubt, ordering much of the foreign policy Obama is pursuing in the Middle East and Central Asia - a foreign policy that, as we indicated earlier, seems to be totally at variance to the foreign policy the U.S. has pursued since the end of World War II. This bias is based on two predicates:
Ulrike Meinhof, a founding member of the notorious 1970s German "Baader-Meinhof Gang" of left-wing terrorists wrote:
"Auschwitz meant that six million Jews were killed, and thrown on the waste-heap of Europe, for what they were considered: money-Jews. Finance capital and the banks, the hard core of the system of imperialism and capitalism, had turned the hatred of men against money and exploitation to a hatred against the Jews ... Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism."
To the Left, the answer to anti-Semitism was simple: Get rid of capitalism; once the world was rid of capitalism, the world would see anti-Semitism as nothing more than a capitalist ruse. The false divisions of mankind that capitalism had fostered would end, men would unite, and national and religious distinctions would end. In connection with this attitude, the Left considered Zionism - the longing for Jews to have a "national homeland" - as unnecessary. Zionism was a false choice. The Left considered "nationalism" to be nothing more than the desire of an oppressed people to escape from the hands of their oppressors. Again, the answer was simple: end capitalism, and "nationalism" as an answer to oppression would end as well.
Andreas Baader (left) and Ulrike Meinhof (right):
leaders of the German Red Army Faction.
NOTE: The RED ARMY FACTION, shortened to RAF (German: Rote Armee Fraktion), in its early stages commonly known as the Baader-Meinhof Group or Gang, was one of postwar West Germany's most prominent left-wing militant groups. The RAF described itself as a communist "urban guerrilla" group engaged in armed resistance. The RAF was formally founded in 1970 by Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Horst Mahler, Ulrike Meinhof. Irmgard Möller joined in early 1971; Brigitte Mohnhaupt joined later.
From top, and left to right: Ensslin, Mahler, Möller and Mohnhaupt.
The Red Army Faction operated from the late 1960s to 1998, committing numerous operations, especially in the autumn of 1977, which led to a national crisis that became known as "German Autumn." It was held responsible for 34 deaths, including many secondary targets-such as chauffeurs and bodyguards-and many injuries in its almost 30 years of activity.
IT'S IN THE SENSE DESCRIBED ABOVE THAT LEFT-WING RADICALS SUCH AS BILL AYERS, BERNARDINE DOHRN, AND EVEN PALESTINIANS SUCH AS EDWARD SAID, CAN MAKE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN ANTI-ZIONISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM; for example, take the leftist, Tony Cliff. In 1938, Cliff, like other Leftists of the time, opposed Zionism and the idea of a Jewish state, but he opposed with equal vigor the "anti-Jewish" nature of the "Arab nationalist movement," in particular pointing to the Arab pogroms of 1929. Condemnations of the 1929 murder of rabbinical students at Hebron and of the Nazi connections of Al-Hajj Amin al-Husayni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in the 1930s, regularly accompanied Leftist denunciations of Zionism in this period - and this distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is still made in some circles in the Left. Indeed, this distinction continues to be made by certain Ultra Orthodox Jews and "Progressive Jews."
One of the most unusual forms of anti-Zionism (as opposed to anti-Semitism) is the kind practiced by Jews - both "RELIGIOUS JEWS" and "SECULAR JEWS."
Jews holding Palestinian flags; the Neturei Karta believe
Israel can only be established by the Messiah. Right:
"Progressive Jews" in Israel renouncing the Israeli
gains of the 1967 War and demonstrating for a secular
However, a change in the attitude of the Left toward the Jews began to take place after 1967. Werner Cohn writes in the Journal of Communist Studies:
"After the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, a change took place in ... [the Left's] position concerning Jews. The earlier position saw Jews as one of the oppressed peoples of the world. While the movement has always opposed Zionism, earlier pronouncements routinely coupled this opposition with denunciations of what were seen as anti-Semitic aspects of the Arab nationalist movement."
"After 1967, most sections of the ... [Left] began to characterize the Jews of Israel as an 'oppressor nation' and called for the destruction of Israel."
King at his pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist
"Today the enemy is 'American imperialism' of which Zionism is taken to be an appendage."
Plainly, the anti-Zionism of the Left has gradually morphed into anti-Semitism, and so much so that it is difficult any longer to distinguish between the two insofar as the discourse of the Left is concerned. TODAY - WHEN EVERYTHING IS SAID AND DONE - THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO; ANTI-ZIONISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM HAVE COME TO MEAN PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING - and this is so much the truth that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could say -
"... You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: WHEN PEOPLE CRITICIZE ZIONISM, THEY MEAN JEWS - this is God's own truth."
NOTE: Interestingly, the anti-Zionism intrinsic to today's Left is THE EXACT SAME anti-Zionism intrinsic to the Right; both the Left and the Right seek to portray the Jews as instruments of a universalist cabal which, as far as left-wingers are concerned, seeks to take over the world in the interests of capitalism; and, as far as right-wingers are concerned, seeks to take over the world in the interests of communism. Sadly, IT SEEMS THAT JEWS GET IT FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS. The sign below is a right-wing anti-Zionist placard; all those portrayed in the placard are being portrayed as left-wingers who are part of a "Zionist" plot to take over the world in the interests of international communism. Amusingly, Saul Alinsky, who was Jewish, is portrayed here as a member of this plot; but he was an anti-Zionist; the same thing is true of George Soros. What an unbelievable mish-mash; the thinking here is past figuring out.
Over the years, as indicated by the words of Dr. King (above), the black population of the United States and, indeed, the world has been very positively oriented towards both Israel and the Jewish people. Blacks have considered the Jews to be an oppressed minority - just like they were and are even today.
However, in the past few decades, the attitude of the black elite - following the example set by the Left (the very same black elite with which Obama came in contact in his days on the South-Side of Chicago) - began to change regarding the Jews. Commenting on this new phenomenon, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports:
"Anti-Semitism among some segments of the Black community has been a growing campus force since the early 1980s ... Black academics such as Leonard Jeffries of the City University of New York (CUNY), and Tony Martin of Wellesley College, have invoked academic freedom as justification for espousing their ... anti-Semitic views in the classroom and in outside lectures. The New York Times reported that in an April 1990 class on African heritage, Jeffries said that 'rich Jews who financed the development of Europe also financed the slave trade' ...
Dr. Leonard Jeffries
"Jeffries exploded onto the public scene in August 1991, when the New York Post published an account of a vitriolic anti-Semitic and racist speech he made on July 20th at the Empire State Black Arts and Cultural Festival in Albany, New York. Jeffries [once again] asserted that 'rich Jews' controlled the Black slave trade, and that Hollywood was the site of a Jewish-dominated conspiracy to systematically denigrate Blacks. He called then--Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch the 'ultimate, supreme, sophisticated, debonair racist' and a 'Texas Jew'."
Then there is the matter of Anthony Martin, a tenured history professor in the African Studies Department of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, who assigned as a primary textbook for a survey course on African-American history The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.
The ADL reports:
"The book is an anonymously written conspiracy theory of Jewish domination of the slave trade published by the Nation of Islam, the Black Muslim group led by Minister Louis Farrakhan. Three Jewish students - described later by Martin as 'Hillel representatives' - sat in on a lecture at the beginning of the semester during the period when students may attend a variety of classes to choose their course load.
"In response to student and faculty concern over the book, Martin delivered a speech on March 4, 1993, to the Wellesley College Academic Council titled, 'An Answer to My Jewish Critics', which he printed in his self-published book, The Jewish Onslaught: Dispatches From the Wellesley Battlefront, published in December of that year. In this speech, and another one within the same month entitled 'Broadside No. 1', Martin accused Jews of controlling ... the civil rights movement to the detriment of African-Americans; that Jewish-owned publishing companies had conspired with Jewish academics to control scholarship on African-American history and culture; and that Jews today are engaged in a conservative, racist 'offensive' against Black progress."
Dr. Anthony Martin of Wellesley
Martin continues to teach and to spread his venomous views in speaking engagements at universities throughout the country. He was also a featured speaker at the NOI (Nation of Islam)-linked "Black Holocaust" conference preceding the Million Man March. Speakers such as Martin and Leonard Jeffries are in demand - and paid handsomely because of the notoriety derived from their anti-Semitic and racist remarks. Bigotry has become a lucrative career choice. The ADL report continues:
"The prominence of pseudo-scholars [the ADL's words, not ours - editor] such as Jeffries and Martin shows that anti-Semitism and bigotry are no longer fringe activities on some campuses, but occupy a growing place in the realm of academic debate. The ivory tower has been breached at its core, and there are undoubtedly students who take their cue from the ostensibly respected professors entrusted with their academic development. Instead of learning the skills of critical thinking and how to work together, students of different ethnic backgrounds are pitted against each other by such academic bigots in an ever-downward spiral of suspicion and prejudice.
"Just as racism has infected some academic offerings, views such as Jeffries' and Martin's have seeped from the classroom into the activities of everyday campus life. In speeches and newspapers on campus, Jews are portrayed by some Black activists - either students or speakers invited by student groups - as bloodsuckers, architects of the slave trade and controllers of finance and the media. And it seems that the more provocative the racist speakers become, the more they are hailed by such militant Black student groups. While the numbers of such activists are small, they often set the tone for discourse and poison intergroup relations for the vast majority of their less-active fellow students."
Both Martin and Jeffries have become emblematic of what's happening insofar as "black studies" are concerned on College campuses throughout the country.
In addition, the growing presence of "off-campus" black speakers such as Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad is also illustrative of what's happening. He is in demand everywhere as a speaker to black audiences - and his rhetoric is horrific.
Take, for example what Khallid said at Kean College in New Jersey:
"Who are the slumlords in the Black community? The so-called Jew ... Who is it sucking our blood in the Black community? ... That's right, Jews ... You see everybody always talk about Hitler exterminating 6 million Jews. That's right. But don't nobody ever ask what did they do to Hitler? What did they do to them folks? They went in there, in Germany, the way they do everywhere they go, and they supplanted, they usurped, they turned around and a German, in his own country, would almost have to go to a Jew to get money ..."
NOTE: Muhammad founded the "New Black Panther Party." In 2001, Muhammad died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 53. Since Muhammad's death, the organization has been headed by Malik Zulu Shabazz (see below). Members of the original Black Panther Party-particularly founder Bobby Seale-have insisted that this party is illegitimate and have vociferously objected that there "is no new Black Panther Party."
Malik Zulu Shabazz
And Khalid Abdul Muhammad isn't the only one; take the successor to Muhammad insofar as the leadership of the "New Black Panther Party" is concerned, Malik Zulu Shabazz, who - while speaking at Howard University in Washington DC, the so-called "Harvard" of the black community - launched into an anti-Semitic tirade by leading an anti-Jewish chant:
Shabazz: "Who caught Nat Turner and killed Nat Turner?" (See note below on Turner.)
Shabazz: "Who is it that controls the Federal Reserve? Who?"
Shabazz: "Who is it that set up the Hon. Marcus Garvey and the Justice Department and the judges that sent him to prison?"
Shabazz: "Who? Who?"
NOTE: Nat Turner (Nathaniel Turner; killed, November 11, 1831) was an American slave who led a slave rebellion that resulted in 55 deaths, the largest number of fatalities to occur in one uprising in the antebellum southern United States. Nat started with a few trusted fellow slaves. The rebels traveled from house to house, freeing slaves and killing all the white people they found. Because the rebels did not want to alert anyone to their presence as they carried out their attacks, they initially used knives, hatchets, axes, and blunt instruments instead of firearms. Before Nat and his brigade of rebels met resistance at the hands of a white militia, they killed a total of 55 people. However, they spared the homes and lives of poor whites because Turner believed the poor white inhabitants "... were no better off than negroes."
Obama's background, then, goes a long way in illuminating the reasons behind his foreign policy in the Middle East and Central Asia; it reveals Obama's mindset as he seeks to -
ABOVE: Central Asia (left), and the U.S. base at Manas (right). BELOW: US bases in the Middle East and Central Asia; please notice how these bases are positioned to keep Russia, China and even the E.U. out of the Middle East and Central Asia. This map does not include the several SUPER-BASES in Iraq; nor the ones being presently negotiated in Kazakhstan.
Bruce Ash, the Republican National Committeeman for Arizona and a staunch friend of Israel, says:
"I always figured sooner or later Barack Obama would wake up one morning and ask himself, 'Why are we supporting Israel'? I never dreamed that he would wake up so soon.
"Obama's proclamation yesterday that somehow Iran possessed energy concerns and 'legitimate' nuclear aspirations leads me to the conclusion that he is either signaling an end to America's relationship with her strongest ally -- Israel or that he is the most naive and dangerous president in the past three decades. Yesterday's proclamation is the latest in a long line of subtle, nuanced movements in American foreign policy that erodes the US-Israel alliance as well as sets peace requirements so high as to weaken and isolate Israel without any benefit to our ally."
Obama's effort to change U.S. policy toward Israel bodes badly for Israel - and, if left unchecked, could strip Israel of her last remaining ally on planet earth.
All this places Israel and the Jewish people on shaky ground. Israel's enemies (and the enemies of the Jewish people) are growing; they exist on every continent in great numbers - and they transcend the boundaries of culture, race, religion and economic status, and they embrace anti-Semitic ideologies that are often mutually exclusive - and so much so that the question that fairly begs to be asked is, What's going on?
It's here that we must pause and reflect on the idea that there may be something more to anti-Semitism than meets the eye; that possibly anti-Semitism is, as Dr. Ernst Simmel has written, a -
"... PATHOLOGICAL MENTAL PROCESS ... [one that] is irrational and dethrones reason as the regulating power in human interrelationships ..."
Dr. Simmel writes that under the impress of this DERANGED MENTAL PROCESS -
"The concept of the Jew as an enemy loses all realistic meaning ... The Jews take on an omnipresent, secretive presence; he becomes the ENEMY ABSOLUTE. His wickedness becomes so gigantic that no one need wonder that he becomes the PERSONIFICATION OF THE DEVIL; the symbol of all evil ... where the ideational manifestation of the anti-Semitic complex loses reference to reality ... a manifestation that eventually will DISCHARGE ITSELF IN UNRESTRICTED DESTRUCTIVE ... ENERGY ..."
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