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September 9, 2008

2008.09.09: RE: Fwd: The Jerusalem Post on SARAH PALIN AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:55 AM
To: Brooklyn ALAA
Subject: RE: Fwd:  The Jerusalem Post on SARAH PALIN AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Unfortunately, the Jerusalem Post article is accurate: Obama is a proven defender of Israeli ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinians — and the $5 billion a year in U.S. money and weapons that make it possible. (See articles referenced below.)

Despite his pretense as an antiwar candidate, he also supports U.S. war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threats against Iran. He has buckled to Islamophobia.

As one commentator put it yesterday, “The bipartisan consensus responsible for the ‘war on terrorism’ lie has never been more ironclad. The next presidential administration will be a continuation of the Bush-Cheney nightmare — in substance, if not in style.” http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3715.shtml

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According to a leaked briefing by the US Defence Intelligence Agency, Israel possesses between 60 and 80 nuclear bombs. But none of the countries demanding that Iran scraps the weapons it doesn’t yet possess are demanding that Israel destroys the weapons it does possess. This subject is the great political taboo. Neither Brown nor Obama mentioned it last week.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/29/nuclear.defence

Like the majority of his colleagues, Obama has done very little to change the face of American politics. He has voted for war spending, appeased the pro-Israel lobby, and helped build the erroneous case against Iran, saying nothing about Israel’s plentiful arsenal of nuclear warheads.
http://counterpunch.org/frank06112008.html

How can Barack Obama, himself the son of an American mixed marriage remain an apparently uncritical supporter of Israeli apartheid?
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=714&Itemid=1

While the senator has visited churches and synagogues, he has yet to appear at a single mosque. Muslim and Arab-American organizations have tried repeatedly to arrange meetings with Mr. Obama, but officials with those groups say their invitations — unlike those of their Jewish and Christian counterparts — have been ignored.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/us/politics/24muslim.html?hp

Now Obama and Clinton, in order to get elected, have had to posture as antiwar. But, in truth, both oppose immediate withdrawal. Both are for retaining “anti-terrorist” forces of thousands after “withdrawal.” Both are hawks on Iran. Both are unflinching advocates of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
http://counterpunch.org/smith06262008.html

How much more powerful would it have been for Sen. Barack Obama to have said in Jerusalem — or Hebron — what he said in Berlin: “The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9804.shtml

Obama was standing less than two miles from the 400-mile-long wall of concrete and fear and hate that divides a land and imprisons hope and makes a mockery of the democratic pretensions of Israel. On the Israeli side it is a landscaped separation barrier. On the Palestinian side it is a bleak apartheid wall. Neither barrier nor wall was mentioned by Obama. . . either day.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9804.shtml

Many people are convinced that Middle East policy will change dramatically under Obama. Don’t count on it. In the last few weeks, Obama appointed Dennis Ross to a “prominent advisory role” in dealing with the conflict. The soft spoken Ross is “the founder of an AIPAC-sponsored pro-Israel think-tank.” His politics are somewhere just slightly to the right of Ariel Sharon. There’s no reason for optimism.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20352.htm

Like his Republican rival, Senator John McCain, Obama gave staunch backing to Israel’s 2006 bombing of Lebanon, which killed over 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and the blockade and bombardment of the Gaza Strip, calling them “self defense.” Every aspect of Obama’s visit to Palestine-Israel this week has seemed designed to further appease pro-Israel groups.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9708.shtml

The fact that no candidate dares to speak out against US-funded Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and a raft of UN resolutions is a primary index of something horribly wrong at the heart of American politics.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9277.shtml

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From:  [E.]
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 2:07 PM
To: – Brooklyn Subject: Fwd:  The Jerusalem Post on SARAH PALIN AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Warning:  This is a Pro-Obama email. The opinions expressed in this email are my own. 

If you are or  know anyone who is concerned about

Barack Obama’s commitment to Israel might

want to read this article and pass it along.

Estajo

http://www.jpost.com/http://www.jpost.com/

Sarah Palin and the Jewish community

Sep. 3, 2008
MARC R. STANLEY , THE JERUSALEM POST

Upon returning from the Democratic Convention in Denver we find a political landscape that has drastically changed. In the course of just one week Sen. Barack Obama picked Sen. Joseph Biden as his vice presidential nominee while Sen. John McCain picked Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate. These two picks say a great deal about the judgment of each presidential candidate and about their understanding of the American Jewish community.

Biden, of course, was the more conventional pick – especially for the Jewish community. The senior senator from Delaware is one of the most well-known and respected politicians among American Jewish leadership. He may be unique for a non-Jewish senator in that he loudly exclaims that he is a Zionist. Even his adversaries admit that there is no more knowledgeable senator when it comes to Middle East policy. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency describes his record his record on Israel as “sterling.” On domestic issues he is totally in sync with Jewish public opinion – supporting the separation of church and state, reproductive freedom and energy independence.

Palin is another story. She is an exceedingly odd choice for a party which has spent the better part of the past year loudly exclaiming that it was reaching out to Jewish voters and made much to do about considering two Jewish legislators – Joe Lieberman and Eric Cantor – as vice presidential possibilities.

First, Palin has absolutely no foreign policy experience – it is ironic that McCain has spend his spring and summer telling Americans that the most important characteristic he is looking for in a vice president is an individual who is ready on day one to assume the presidency. Moreover, Palin has never visited Israel and besides signing a pro-Israel resolution passed by the state legislature, she has apparently never spoken out or focused on the Jewish state.

ON DOMESTIC issues she is totally out of step with public opinion in the Jewish community. Palin is against reproductive freedom – even in the cases of rape and incest – and as a result one of the first organizations to support her nomination was the Christian Coalition.

She speaks about the effects of climate change in the Arctic, but she also is clear that she does not believe that climate change is man-made. Another position which American Jews will find strange is one she shares with McCain – she believes that creationism should be taught in public schools.

The reform narrative that GOP operatives like to site when speaking of Palin could be appealing to Jewish voters. However, Palin has a few problems here, as well. She eventually came out against the “Bridge to Nowhere” but only after the issue became a public embarrassment to the Republican Party and it was apparent that federal funds would not cover the whole cost of the project. When she ran for governor in October of 2006, she was all for spending taxpayer dollars on this very dubious “pork.” It took her another 11 months to see the light. Moreover when she was first elected mayor of Wasilla (population 6,000) she was severely criticized by the local paper for firing city employees because they had supported her opponent.

Then there is the Palin troopergate scandal. On July 11, she fired the state’s top cop, Walt Monegan. Monega says Palin fired him because he refused to fire a state trooper who went through a messy divorce with the governor’s sister. Palin initially denied the charge but later admitted that some of her officials spoke to Monegan about firing the trooper. Monegan claims that she herself put on the pressure and the state legislature has begun an investigation into the charges that the governor used the power of her office for her personal/family agenda.

FINALLY, THERE is the matter of two anti-Israel politicians – Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. In February Palin in an interview lavished praise on Ron Paul. There is also a controversy over whether Palin has supported former presidential aspirant Pat Buchanan. To be fair there is no evidence that Palin shares either of these Republicans’ anti-Israel creed. However, since the beginning of the GOP narrative within the Jewish community is that Obama can not be trusted because of a handful of people who have endorsed him. If this guilt by association standard is one the McCain stands by, then they also need to deal with Palin’s past support for anti-Israel politicians.

The Jewish vote in 2008 has been a hot topic of conversation in the media. John McCain’s fist major decision of this campaign – picking Palin for his running mate – leads us to believe that the Jewish community’s concerns are not so high on his priority list.

The writer is chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

This article can also be read at http://www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1220444321718&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
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,000ew\}@~ly criticized by the local paper for firing city employees because they had supported her opponent.

 

Then there is the Palin troopergate scandal. On July 11, she fired the state’s top cop, Walt Monegan. Monega says Palin fired him because he refused to fire a state trooper who went through a messy divorce with the governor’s sister. Palin initially denied the charge but later admitted that some of her officials spoke to Monegan about firing the trooper. Monegan claims that she herself put on the pressure and the state legislature has begun an investigation into the charges that the governor used the power of her office for her personal/family agenda.

FINALLY, THERE is the matter of two anti-Israel politicians – Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. In February Palin in an interview lavished praise on Ron Paul. There is also a controversy over whether Palin has supported former presidential aspirant Pat Buchanan. To be fair there is no evidence that Palin shares either of these Republicans’ anti-Israel creed. However, since the beginning of the GOP narrative within the Jewish community is that Obama can not be trusted because of a handful of people who have endorsed him. If this guilt by association standard is one the McCain stands by, then they also need to deal with Palin’s past support for anti-Israel politicians.

The Jewish vote in 2008 has been a hot topic of conversation in the media. John McCain’s fist major decision of this campaign – picking Palin for his running mate – leads us to believe that the Jewish community’s concerns are not so high on his priority list.

The writer is chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

This article can also be read at http://www.jpost.com /servlet/Satellite?cid=1220444321718&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
[ Back to the Article ]

Copyright 1995- 2008 The Jerusalem Post – http://www.jpost.com/

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