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Obama's support of Israels destruction?

- Accusing the Jewish state of genocide," an anti-Israel Palestinian activist once commended by President Obama has predicted the end of Israel, which, he boasted, is "within reach, in our lifetimes." In a piece earlier this month titled, "Why Israel won't survive," Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication, accused Israel of war crimes and gloated, "Now, the other pillar of Israeli power - Western support and complicity - is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over." "It is Israel as a Zionist state, not Palestine or the Palestinian people, that cannot survive this attempted genocide. Its problem is legitimacy, or rather a profound and irreversible lack of it," wrote Abunimah. Abunimah previously was described as close to Obama and has introduced the politician at pro-Palestinian events. Referring to a time period in the late 1990s, (continuing below)


Asked by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Jan. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Snowgirl, to be an anti-semite would mean that I hate myself

    Then you hate yourself. LOL.

    Also, aside form your rantings, ALL OF SCRIPTURE says that ALL the Jews will be saved at HIS COMIING. If you were really a Jew, this would not be news to you ...

    And FYI. to say that Christians have replaced the Jews as "spiritual children of God" is blasphemy and cultic thinking: it is replacement theology teaching, which is from the pit of hell and does not square up with Christian Belief. God is not a respector of persons, and that is why the Jews have not been cast aside.

    Rant all you want, but you can't tweak the truth. :-)


    Answer by snowgirl79 at 3:16 AM on Feb. 1, 2009

  • (continuing) Abunimah said that "Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation." Abunimah was quoted stating Obama was "quite frank that the U.S. needed to be more evenhanded, that it leaned too much toward Israel." He noted Obama's unusual stance toward Israel, commenting "these were the kind of statements I'd never heard from a U.S. politician who seemed like he was going somewhere, rather than at the end of his career." In his piece this month, Abunimah blasted Israel's three-week campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, accusing the Israel Defense Forces of "massacr[ing] civilians in the hope that the population would turn against those fighting the occupier." "The death toll keeps rising as more bodies are pulled from carpet-bombed neighborhoods," Abunimah claimed. (continuing)


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • *hangs head in shame

    I think I'm going to get out of politics till we have the chance to vote again. . .

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:52 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Hamas, on the other hand, was widely condemned for utilizing civilians as human shields and storing weapons and military infrastructure in civilian zones, including apartment buildings.

    But Abunimah asserted: "Israel simply cannot bomb its way to legitimacy. What choice will Israel make? In the absence of any political and moral legitimacy the only arguments it has left are bullets and bombs. Left to its own devices Israel will certainly keep trying - as it has for sixty years - to massacre Palestinians into submission."

    He claimed "Israel's real goals (in Gaza) were to restore its 'deterrence' fatally damaged after its 2006 defeat in Lebanon (translation: its ability to massacre and terrorize entire populations into submission) and to destroy any Palestinian resistance to total Israeli-Jewish control over historic Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea." (continuing)

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • (continued) Zionism, he asserted, is an ideology of "racial supremacy, extremism and hate, is a dying project, in retreat and failing to find new recruits. ... It is within reach, in our lifetimes."

    Obama, anti-Israel activist raised funds for Islamic causes

    In the 1990s, Obama was a speaker at events in Chicago's large Palestinian immigrant community to raise funds for U.N. camps for the so-called Palestinian refugees. Abunimah recalls introducing Obama at one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha Palestinian camp in the West Bank.

    "I knew Barack Obama for many years as my state senator - when he used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time," stated Abuminah during an interview last year with Democracy Now!, a nationally syndicated radio and television political program.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • (continued) "I remember personally introducing [Obama] onstage in 1999, when we had a major community fundraiser for the community center in 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," Abunimah said.

    Abunimah previously described meeting with Obama at a fundraiser at the home of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, reportedly a former PLO activist.

    "[Obama] came with his wife. That's where I had a chance to really talk to him," Abunimah recalled. "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.

    (continued with question)

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • (cont) According to quotes obtained by Gulf News, Abunimah recalled a 2004 meeting in a Chicago neighborhood while Obama was running for his Senate seat. Abunimah quoted Obama telling him "warmly" he was sorry that "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," Abunimah reportedly quoted the senator as saying.

    Abunimah said Obama urged him to "keep up the good work" at the Chicago Tribune, where Abunimah contributed guest columns that were highly critical of Israel.

    Abunimah serves on the board of the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, a controversial Arab group founded by Khalidi's wife that mourns the establishment of Israel as a "catastrophe" and supports intense immigration reform, including providing driver's licenses and education to illegal aliens.

    (cont with question)

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • God says he will protect countries and people who uphold Israel. If Obama doesnt then that is something as US citizens we have to live with because God will turn his back on us and at this point with genocide of the unborn Obama is ok with and other things who would blame God if he did turn his back on us? All we can do is make sure we are right with the teachings of God and pray.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • (cont) the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based nonprofit on which Obama served as a paid director alongside a confessed domestic terrorist, provided $75,000 in grants to the AAAN.

    'Very active terror apparatus'

    Obama's 1999 fundraising for the Palestinian Deheisha camp raised the eyebrows of one senior Israeli security official who was contacted for comment on the issue. The official, who was not aware of Obama's fundraising, noted Deheisha, which is located near the city of Bethlehem, had a "very active" Palestinian terror apparatus in 1999, carrying out scores of deadly shootings against Israeli civilians that year.

    Two of the most deadly suicide bombings in 2002 also were planned from Deheisha.

    QUESTION: Do you Obama supporters think that this man is transparent with all this coming to light? He is proving his promuslim terrorist, radical side with this don't you think?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Jan. 30, 2009

  • Just come out and say it already, y'all think Obama is Muslim & is going to try to take over the world w/ Muslim leaders, and make every woman wear masks over there faces. All you guys read is REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDA on there stupid, outlandish websites. And you take it ALL word for word. Just like they want you to. You guys are helping spread hate. Y'all are a bunch of haters. What is wrong w/ being compassionate? Obama is compassionate w/ ALL RACES. Of course we lean towards Islam, we always have. there is nothing wrong w/ him wanting to be fare to Muslims. that does not mean he is one, or supports their beliefs. He is just not closed minded like y'all & most of the super right wing party.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Jan. 30, 2009