More on Barack Obama’s association with people who oppose our ally Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Thanks to Free Republic, I learned about an article at The Electronic Intifada (“intifada” means “shaking off” or “uprising” in Arabic) which is critical of Obama and fears that he might “love Israel.”
The author, Ali Abunimah, said that when he first met Obama in 1998, he liked him: “Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
However, as Obama had to “mainstream” himself to win his campaign, he got a little too friendly toward Israel and a little too critical of terrorist attacks against Israel for Abunimah’s comfort.
But, according to Abunimah, Obama did later apologize for letting him down publicly:
As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, “Keep up the good work!”
The article has a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago where Edward Said gave the keynote speech.
Wikipedia has some interesting things to say about Said:
Said’s relationship with the Palestinian Authority was once so bad that PA leaders banned the sale of his books in August 1995, but improved when he hailed Arafat for rejecting Barak’s offers at the Camp David 2000 Summit.
Barak bent over backwards and bared his neck for Arafat…but it wasn’t good enough for Arafat (Israel still existed, perhaps?). Afterward, Arab terrorists launched a bloodbath.
It seems Said “got his head right,” however. More from Wikipedia:
Ultimately, Said came to prefer and to support a state that would afford Palestinians a home with equal human rights in place of the ‘Jewish’ state of modern-day Israel.
“…in place of the ‘Jewish’ state of modern-day Israel”? Is that prettied-up language for “on the ruin of the former state of Israel”?
The entry also talks about and has a picture of Said throwing a rock at Israeli soldiers.
From working for years with domestic terrorist and anti-American Bill Ayers, to endorsements from terrorist organizations like Hamas to Obama’s praise of spokesman for the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization Rashid Khalidi to his willingness to talk without precondition with some of the most belligerent of America’s enemies, Barack Obama has proven himself to be incapable of being trusted with America’s international welfare.
How can we possibly entertain the notion of trusting a man like this at the helm of our great nation?
HT to Free Republic.