Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What does Jackson know about Obama?

Obama will stop the Jews?
Rev. Jackson claims Obama will end Zionist control

Jesse Jackson doesn't like Jews. That is no surprise to anyone who has followed his career for the past thirty years. The exception may be the North Shore (Chicago suburbs) Jewish Liberals who blindly support Jackson because he wears a Democrat label and their own self-guilt and sometimes self-hate excuses black anti-Semitism. For the rest of us of sound mind, we know the truth about one of Americas most famous anti-Semites.

This past weekend Jackson addressed the World Policy Forum in Evian, France. He discussed the changes Barack Obama will bring to America as well to the world regarding U.S. foreign policy. In typical Jackson style, the reverend blamed America for the ills of the world saying America must "heal wounds" it has caused to other nations. He then built on his anti-America rhetoric by turning to his favorite targets the Jews and Israel.

As reported by the New York Post, Jackson claims that Barack Obama will bring important change to the Middle East, where "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end. Jackson believes that, although "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" remain strong, they'll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.

In plain words, Jackson says Obama believes in hateful Jewish stereotypes of Zionist control of the U.S. Government.

News of Jackson's comments broke over 24 hours ago. Paulies Point decided not to immediately post on the subject because it would only be fair to give Barack Obama ample time to respond and condemn the comments.

Barack responded, but he didn't condemn

As expected Obama's campaign stated, "Rev. Jesse Jackson is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama's views on Israel and foreign policy," Obama national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said in a statement."

The statement does reiterate the Obama campaign standard line that his commitment to Israel is "unshakeable." While I am pleased to read that, I'm deeply bothered that the comments came from a spokesman and not Obama himself. Knowing the resume of campaign manager David Axelrod, I would bet that Axelrod himself played firemen in putting out this flame.

As a writer and blogger I have been a concerned voice regarding Obama and Israel. I have stated numerous times that "no Jew in their right mind would every vote for Barack Obama." This incident has only depended my distrust.

If you look at the statement coming from the Obama camp, not once do they ask Jackson to apologize for his hateful remarks and that is exactly what they are.

The stereotypes of Zionist control have been a standard weapon anti-Semites have used to stir up hate and too often physical harm to the Jewish people. Not one word came from the Obama campaign actually condemning Jackson’s remarks or even denying his comments weren't true.

Claiming you’re committed to Israel is a very open-ended comment. Ever heard of Jimmy Carter?

Another great example of meaningless words is Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He has always said he is pro-Israel, but he practices his beliefs by condemning the Jewish State at every opportunity and by voting against resolutions supporting Israel's right to defend herself.

There is no denying that Obama has had a long relationship with Jackson. Both admit to it and in my mind that just means that Jackson can be added to a very long list of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic friends, advisers and spiritual leaders Obama has decided to surround himself with his entire adult life.

While it can't be denied that Obama has a pro-Israel voting record, he also has a silent voice when it comes to anti-Semitism stemming from the Democrat Party, especially the Black Caucus. His three years in office offers a very limited record to judge him on and his words may be friendly, but they are just that words.

His actions in hiring foreign policy advisers who include some of the most vehement anti-Israel voices in politics speaks louder than campaign rhetoric.

So once again I will say, "no Jew in their right mind would vote for Barack Obama."



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