By Don Feder – BarbWire guest contributor
Is Barack Hussein Obama an anti-Semite? Wrong question. However the president feels about Jews in his heart of hearts, he is comfortable among anti-Semites, indifferent to the fate of Israel and the foremost Western apologist for Islam, the principal source of anti-Semitism in the world today.
Two incidents bring this into sharp focus: In the aftermath of Ferguson, the emergence of Al Sharpton as Obama’s point man on race, and the administration’s surreal denial of a connection between the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorism.
The creep who masquerades as a man of the cloth is a White House fixture. Since 2009, Sharpton has visited no fewer than 61 times. Politico describes the race-baiter extraordinaire as Obama’s “go-to man on race.” A White House aide explained: “There’s a trust factor with the Rev. from the Oval Office on down. He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”
How true. On race issues, no one can demagogue like the Rev. From Tawana Brawley and the Duke lacrosse players to Trayvon Martin and Ferguson, Missouri, no one is better at exploiting frauds, engendering racial hatred and inciting paranoia than Al Sharpton.
Then there was Sharpton’s role in the 1991 Crown Heights pogrom. After a Hasidic motorist accidentally killed a black child, there were three days of the worst anti-Semitic riots this country has ever seen. A rabbinical student was knifed to death to shouts of “Kill the Jew!”
Into this inferno stepped the rhyming Rev. – with a can of kerosene. At the child’s funeral, Sharpton railed at Hasidic Jews, calling them “diamond merchants with the blood of innocent babies on their hands.” “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house,” Sharpton blustered – brave man with a mob at his back.
Obama has a 30-year history of close relationships with anti-Semites.
For 19 years, he sat in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Church of the Good Storm Trooper, as his mentor spewed Jew-hatred. Wright (who, in the aftermath of 911, called on God to “damn America”) compared Zionism to apartheid, accused the Israelis of “ethnic cleansing,” and said Jews illegally occupied Palestinian land. For creatures like Wright, “Zionists” is a code word for Jews. Occasionally, the mask slips, as it did in 2009, when Wright complained “them Jews” weren’t going to let the president see him.
Wright is a recipient of a B’nai B’rith brotherhood award compared to his friend, Nazi of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who calls Judaism a “gutter religion.” Farrakhan received an award from a newsmagazine connected to Wright’s church, and edited by his daughter, which says the man who blames Jews for both the slave trade and the rise of Hitler “truly epitomized greatness.”
What would anti-Semitism be without Islam – a few skinheads wandering around painting swastikas? What the Third Reich was for 12 years, Islam has been for 1,300. Its Jew-hatred is ingrained, based on the Koran. This poisonous malice unites Sunni and Shiite, Libyan and Pakistani, the imam in his mosque and the politician on the stump.
In a recent sermon in the Al-Aqsa Mosque (which squats on the Temple Mount) the faithful were informed that the Jews possess “every single vile trait.” Furthermore, “These traits were registered in the Koran, which depicted all aspects of the lives of Jews in the most abominable images.” “Jews are the most vile of Allah’s creations.” So, “I say to the Jews: the time for your slaughter has come.”
Mohamed Morsi, president of Egypt’s blessedly short-lived Muslim Brotherhood government (which Obama helped to put in power), said Muslims should “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them; Jews and Zionists,” also, alluding to the Koran, that Jews are “the descendants of apes and pigs.”
The Hamas covenant notes, “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight and kill the Jews.” Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qub asks: “If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them?… They aren’t our enemies because they occupy Palestine; they would be our enemies even if they did not occupy anything.”
Muslims have carried this hatred down through the ages and across oceans. The resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe is a product of Muslim immigration. It’s the 1930s all over again, with mobs in the streets shouting “Death to the Jews,” murder and assault on a daily basis, and an exodus of Jews from the continent that was their home for 2,000 years.
I don’t recall Obama, who calls himself a Christian, ever having a kind word to say about Christianity. On Islam, he is delirious.
“The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam,” the president declared at the UN, after Muslim terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi and murdered four Americans (including our ambassador to Libya).” Obama was outraged by an obscure video presenting Muhammed in an unfavorable light, which he blamed for the attack.
He knew just what caused the Benghazi killings, unlike the Ft. Hood massacre, about which he professed bewilderment.
The Department of Defense called the murder of 13 soldiers and wounding of 30 others by an Army psychiatrist (who shouted “Allah is great!” as he pulled the trigger) “workplace violence.” Poor Nidal Malik Hasan snapped at the prospect of possibly being posted to Afghanistan. It had nothing to do with belonging to a radical mosque, business cards that proclaimed him a “soldier of Allah,” or his religiously-inspired anti-Americanism, which he shared in lectures to fellow officers.
According to our president – who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia and attended a madrasa – “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.” Moreover, “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance,” has “demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality,” and (hold on to your history books) “Islam has always been part of America” – as in “Endowed by Allah with certain unalienable rights”?
Obama’s latest obeisance to the religion of peace is a posting on the White House website, in response to an online petition with over 200,000 signers, demanding that the State Department declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. To this the administration responded, “We have not seen credible evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced its decades-long commitment to non-violence.” I didn’t know the Muslim Brotherhood had any commitment to non-violence. Neither did the Muslim Brotherhood.
This delusion is shared by Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who described the Brotherhood as a “largely secular” group that “eschewed violence.”
Founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, an admirer of Hitler, the Brotherhood is the godfather of Muslim terrorism.
Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIS all are offshoots of or inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Banna said the Brotherhood’s goal was to give Islam “hegemony over all matters of life.” In 1995, Mustafa Mashhur (head of the Egyptian MB, 1996-2002) published “Jihad is the Way,” in which he extolled non-violence and secularism. Actually, he renewed the organization’s call for conquest and a global Caliphate.
Muhammad Badi, named the Brotherhood’s Supreme Spiritual Guide in 2010, said America and Israel were Islam’s greatest enemies and “waging war against both these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded.” You don’t get much more secular and non-violent than that. The pacifist Brotherhood has also encouraged attacks on Coptic Christians who it blames for the fall of Morsi.
If Jimmy Carter was hostile to Israel, Obama loathes the Jewish state. In a media leak, a “senior official” in the administration called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickensh-t,” because he lacks the “courage” to stop the construction of Israeli homes in Israeli territory, which Obama considers more of a threat to peace than Hamas rockets or Iranian reactors.
While the prime minister of America’s friend and ally is chicken manure, according to the White House, Obama gets starry-eyed over the leader of the Palestinian Authority. “In President (Mahmoud) Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel” (which may be the biggest lie Obama has told, including, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan”).
A Holocaust-denier, Abbas never misses an opportunity to call for Israel’s extinction. At a November meeting of the Arab League, he promised, “We will never recognize the Jewishness of the State of Israel.” How’s that commitment to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel coming, Mr. President?
This is all underscored by words and deeds – including the anti-Semitic indoctrination of Palestinian school children, incitement from the mosques and terrorism from Abbas’ partner in crime, Hamas, which our State Department still lists as a terrorist group.
Regarding terrorist acts against Israeli civilians, Obama displays the moral equivalency typical of the left.
A Palestinian driver plows his car into a crowd of Israelis, killing an 8-month old child, and Obama urges the Israelis and the Palestinians to “protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint.” Palestinians armed with meat cleavers invade a Jerusalem synagogue and slaughter three rabbis and another worshipper at prayer, and Obama laments: “Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died,” while assuring all and sundry that, “The majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace.”
The overwhelming majority of Palestinians rejoice at the shedding of Jewish blood. According to a new poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 80% of Palestinians support the latest terror acts, including the murder of the rabbis and the infant. A Palestinian majority longing for peace exists only in the imagination of Barack Obama.
Obama isn’t naïve. Acknowledging Islamic anti-Semitism, Palestinian bloodlust, and the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood are all inconvenient to the president’s agenda. Like Sharpton’s history of inciting pogroms, they are shoved down the memory hole.
There is nothing the president cares about less than Jewish lives – except, perhaps, U.S. security. Happy Hanukah from the White House.
First published at GrassTopsUSA.com.
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