“PROTEST JEWS HONORING NAZIS STEALING FROM HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS”
DECEMBER 3, 2013…. NOON TO 2:00 PM
AND 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL, NYC, 49TH ST. AND PARK AVE.
PLEASE LET EVERYONE KNOW. THE DANGERS ARE GREAT. DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM 1938 THAT LED TO THE HOLOCAUST AND WWII?
ALLIANZ IS A GERMAN INSURANCE COMPANY THAT INSURED THE DEATH CAMPS AND OTHER NAZI FACILITIES AND BUSINESSES DURING WORLD WAR II. ITS CHAIRMAN KURT SCHMITT WAS AN EARLY NAZI PARTY MEMBER AND SERVED AS HITLER’S MINISTER OF ECONOMICS. AT THE SAME TIME IT WAS INSURING DEATH CAMPS, ALLIANZ WAS SELLING LIFE INSURANCE TO JEWISH FAMILIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE – POLICIES IT DISHONORED AFTER THE HOLOCAUST AND CONTINUES TO DISHONOR TODAY. IN ALL, ALLIANZ OWES OVER $2.5 BILLION TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS’ HEIRS BUT REFUSES TO PAY EVEN TO THIS DAY.
THE TOTAL OF SUCH UNPAID POLICIES SOLD BY ALL SIMILAR INSURANCE COMPANIES, INCLUDING GENERALI, AXA, AND OTHERS EXCEEDS $20 BILLION FROM ALL THOSE INSURANCE COMPANIES. SHALOM INTERNATIONAL AND HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND SECOND GENERATION GROUPS HAVE PROTESTED ALLIANZ FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AT ITS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT IN BOCA RATON FLORIDA, WITH OVER 2000 MEDIA OUTLETS COVERING THE STORY. YET EVERY YEAR ALLIANZ HAS PROMISED TO MEET WITH THE SURVIVORS FACE TO FACE BUT FAILED TO HONOR THAT MINIMAL COURTESY, LET ALONE PAY THEM FOR INSURANCE POLICES AND ALLIANZ’S CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.
YOU MAY RECALL THAT ALLIANZ TRIED TO GET ITS NAME ON NEW JETS AND GIANT’S STADIUM FOR $300 MILLION, BUT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WERE OTURAGED AT THE IDEA OF ALLOWING THEIR COMMUNITY TO BE A BILLBOARD TO WHITEWASH ALLIANZ’S DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOR. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ALLIANZ HAS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR SPORTS BUT NOTHING FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS? NOW ALLIANZ IS TRYING TO LAUNDER ITS REPUTATION BY BUYING OFF THIS JEWISH FOUNDATION FOR THE RIGHTEOUS, THE ORGANIZATION HONORING ALLIANZ ON DECEMBER 3, SO THE COMPANY CAN SAY IT HAS THE BLESSING OF A RESPECTABLE SOUNDING JEWISH GROUP WILLING TO OVERLOOK ITS DISASTROUS NAZI POLITICS, WHILE IT IGNORES THE SURVIVORS UNTIL THEY ARE ALL DEAD.
THERE IS NOTHING RIGHTEOUS ABOUT TRIVIALIZING THE HOLOCAUST OR ALLOWING THE VICTIMS OF THE NAZIS TO CONTINUE TO SUFFER, WHEN HALF OF ALL SURVIVORS EVEN IN THIS COUNTRY LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL, LET ALONE DENYING THE VICTIMS THEIR INDIVIDUAL FAMILY LEGACIES. ONLY THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS THEMSELVES, ALLIANZ’S VICTIMS, HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHEN THE COMPANY HAS APPROPRIATELY RECONCILED ITS FINANCIAL AND MORAL ACCOUNTS.
ALLIANZ IS USING ITS ILL-GOTTEN GAINS TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM ITS MISCONDUCT. IT IS NOW PART OF AAA AND ADVERTISES ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, GARRISON KEILLOR, AND MSNBC AND CNBC, AMONG OTHERS. SHAME ON THIS JEWISH GROUP TRIVIALIZING THE HOLOCAUST AND ALSO RATIONALIZING ALLIANZ’S THEFT OF BILLONS OF DOLLARS FROM HOLOCAUST VICTIMS. THE AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS HAS ALSO TAKEN MONEY FROM ALLIANZ, JOINING THE ANTI DEFAMATION LEAGUE WHICH RECEIVED MONEY FROM THE EQUALLY GUILTY GENERALI OF ITALY.
WHY WOULD ANY RESPECTABLE JEWISH ORGANIZATION – MUCH LESS ONE THAT TOUTS HOLOCAUST-BASED CREDENTIALS — BECOME A PARTY TO SUCH A CORRUPT BARGAIN? HOW CAN WE STAND BY FOR SUCH AN OUTRAGE? WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY? WHEN THE GRASS ROOTS JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE LEADERSHIP ACCEPTS THESE MORAL COMPROMISES, IT BECOMES EASIER TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE CLAIMS CONFERENCE ALLOWED $57 MILLION TO BE LOOTED FROM PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO ASSIST NEEDY SURVIVORS WITHOUT RAISING AN EYBROW OVER A 16 YEAR PERIOD, AND THEN HAVE THE ARROGANCE TO DEFEND ITSELF BY SAYING THAT NO SURVIVORS WERE HURT BY THE FRAUD. WHERE WERE THE DIRECTORS? WHERE WERE THE AUDITORS? WHERE WAS THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP?
GERMANY AND GERMAN CORPORATIONS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE HOLOCAUST AND SLAVE LABOR HAVE MANAGED TO SKATE WITH MINIMAL COMENSATION FOR SURVIVORS, WHILE PAYING PENSIONS TO THE NAZI MASS MURDERERS THEY ALLOWED TO GO FREE. THERE WERE OVER 46,000 PLACES OF MASS MURDER IN THE HOLOCAUST. TODAY THE WORLD’S LARGEST JEWISH CEMETERIES, THE ‘DEATH CAMPS’ ALLIANZ INSURED, ARE DESECRATED AND COMMERCIALIZED AS MONEY-MAKERS WHILE THE VICTIMS OF NAZIS CONTINUE TO SUFFER UNBEARABLE POVERTY AND MISERY IN THEIR FINAL YEARS. THIS IS INEXCUSABLE AND WHY WE PROTEST.
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Survivors protest JFR honoree
10:44 AM EST, November 13, 2013
Holocaust survivors in South Florida are protesting the choice of an Allianz of America lobbyist as the recipient of an award from The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at a dinner next month in New York City.
David Schaecter, 84, of Miami, president of Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation USA, an umbrella group for survivor organizations, said the choice of an Allianz lobbyist violates any standard of decency, fairness and justice.
“How in hell can I explain; how in hell can any survivor explain to these people. They’ve gone out of their minds. We just found out that Allianz insured Birkenau. They insured the god damned gas chambers.”
Allianz insured concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau. Its CEO wore an SS uniform and was Adolf Hitler’s economics minister.
During World War II, Allianz refused to pay Jewish beneficiaries on the life insurance policies of their parents. The money was sent to the Nazis. Holocaust survivors think that they or survivors’ heirs are due $2.5 billion from the giant, international insurance company.
“They have robbed our people to the core,” Schaecter said. “They not only took away our dignity. They took away our heritage.”
The Holocaust Survivors’ Foundation sent a letter to The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous expressing its “profound shock and dismay that the [organization] is honoring one of the executives of the Allianz insurance conglomerate with the ‘Recognition of Goodness Award.’
The letter requested that the JFR cancel the program or “find a recipient other than one whose corporate parent collaborated with the Nazi regime and profited from the deaths of our loved ones and thousands of other Holocaust victims.”
It continued, “It would be a shame, and a permanent blot on the organization’s excellent work, if JFR were to now dishonor the Jewish victims of the Holocaust by accepting money from Allianz.”
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous provides financial assistance to more than 600 persons around the world who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. It also runs a national Holocaust education program that preserves the legacy of the rescuers.
Years ago, Herbert Karliner, 87, of Aventura tried to get an insurance benefit from Allianz on a policy his father took out in Germany in the 1930s. Karliner’s father’s store was ransacked and its windows broken during Kristallnacht on Nov. 9, 1938, and the policy disappeared. He was told that the policy benefit was collected on Nov. 9 of that year.
Karliner applied again. He and his brother, the only survivors of the family, received $900 from Allianz, a small benefit after so many years, Karliner said. “It’s ridiculous. Allianz has so much money and they got it from a lot of Jews who had insurance policies.”
Stanlee Stahl, JFR’s executive director, declined comment but a spokesman emailed a statement to the South Florida Jewish Journal.
“Peter Lefkin [senior vice president, government and external affairs, Allianz Corporation of America] has spent many years in Washington advocating on behalf of important causes to Americans and the Jewish community, and is worthy of being honored by our organization,” the statement said.
“While we are sensitive to the feelings expressed by some Holocaust survivors and their families, Allianz never killed anyone and they participated fully in the settlement reached with leading European insurance companies that paid millions of dollars to survivors,” the statement continued.
“It was the feeling of our Board that after nearly 70 years following World War II, our community should be able to honor a man who deserves it and that we should be able to look beyond the accusations made against the company that he works for. Allianz of America is not the same company that sold policies to Jews in Germany and other European countries overrun by the Nazis. It is a different company, owned by different shareholders and run by a new generation of executives.”
Samuel Dubbin, a Coral Gables attorney who represents Holocaust survivors seeking benefits from Allianz and other companies that insured Jews in Europe prior to World War II, said the survivors, not JFR, have the right to decide when it is time to move on. “The victims have to say that the company made good. You reconcile with your victims, your customers and then you can talk about the time that has passed,” Dubbin said. “Who on the board [of JFR] has the moral stature to make that decision to pardon Allianz.”
Honoring an Allianz lobbyist “corrupts the very meaning of the words in the name of the organization,” Dubbin said.
Copyright © 2013, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“EMERGENCY RALLY FOR ISRAEL”
”FIGHT TERRORISM-SUPPORT ISRAEL”
YOU CAN’T MAKE PEACE WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO KILL YOU!
OCTOBER 1, 2013…. 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
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PLEASE LET EVERYONE KNOW. THE DANGERS ARE GREAT WITH THE U.N. AND E.U. ANTI-ISRAEL POLITICS. DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM 1938 THAT LED TO THE HOLOCAUST AND WWII?
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SEND OBAMA AND THE WORLD THESE MESSAGES
NO SURRENDER OR APPEASEMENTS!
NO NUKES FOR IRAN OBAMA IS ALLOWING!
NO DIVISION OF JERUSALEM, JUDEA, SAMARIA OR OUR ‘COVENANT WITH G-D’ IN ‘OCCUPYING’ THE HOLYLAND FOR 5000 YEARS AND MILLIONS OF JEWS WERE MURDERED FOR! DON’T ATTACK OUR JEWISH RELIGION TO ACCOMODATE ‘ARAB/MUSLIM OIL POLITICS’
NO MORE JAIL TIME FOR JONATHAN POLLARD-28 YRS. IS MORE THAN ENOUGH
NO ABBAS/HAMAS ‘JEW-FREE’ TERRORIST STATE
NO ‘MEDAL OF DISTINCTION’ FOR OBAMA,WHO CAN’T BE TRUSTED AND WHO ATTACKS OUR JEWISH RELIGION AND FAITH AND WANTS ALL JEWISH HOLYSIGHTS UNDER MUSLIM CONTROL; WHO FUNDS ISLAMIC TERRORISTS ($2bILLIONS TO FATAH/HAMAS) 24 JETS AN 200 TANKS TO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MORSI OF EGYPT WHO SAYS JEWS ARE ‘DESCENDANTS OF APES AND PIGS’ AND $50BILLIONS IN ARMS TO ISRAEL’S ENEMIES AND EQUATES THE ‘HOLOCAUST WITH MUSLIM HUMILIATON’(CAIRO,2009), WHILE COWARDLY IGNORING 5 ARAB WARS AND 2 ‘INTIFIDAS’ TO ‘KILL ALL JEWS’, WHILE SIDING WITH ALLAINZ NAZI INSURANCE AGAINST HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS THEY OWE $BILLIONS TO.
YOU CAN’T MAKE ‘PEACE’ WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO KILL YOU, WERE ALLIGNED WITH HITLER AND DANCED IN THE STREETS AFTER ’9/11′.
IF YOU UNDERSTAND THESE CRITICAL ISSUES AND EVEN MORE AND THE GREAT DANGER WE ARE ALL IN, THAN SPEAK OUT WITH US AND LET THE 1000 WORLD MEDIA COVERING OBAMA AND LET YOUR NETWORKS KNOW OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE THE REAL ISSUES NEEDING TO BE ADDRESSED.
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The very Islamic Nazis the UN just supported ON 11/29/12, have an art exhibit at the UN which shows ‘Palestine’ and NO ISRAEL!
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Shalom International has had a huge and very busy schedule as of late.
We were at the headquarters of Debbie Wasserman Schultz with our protest and only 2 people showed support for Obama in Aventura and the rest were with us.
We were at the U of Miami on both sides of U.S. 1, when both Romney and Obama were on Univision. We got 60 in support and 4 against us on one day and 60 in support and 8 against us on the next day.
Patti in Melbourne, Fla., got tee-shirts and stickers from us and gave a tee-shirt to Glenn Beck at one of his events.
Got 12 media when we were at the Veep Debate in Danville, Ky and lots of support from grassroots. Only 3 negatives including one truck driver giving us the ‘finger’.
At Hofstra, Hempstead, NY for the 2nd Pres. Debate we got 7 media and hundreds of vehicles to see our banners and signs right by McDonald’s there. Only 3 negatives. Four came to help us. The key banner which we’ve taken everywhere they wouldn’t allow on Hempstead Turnpike or inside the lst Amendment area, which we’ve taken to the White House 20 times and also in Danville and everywhere else, with no problem.
Driving down I saw 16 stickers for Romney and only 3 for Obama. No signs for Obama and 4 for Romney.
There were 5000 at the Ryan rally in Ft. Myers, Fla. and we got 150 stickers out, since they didn’t give any out themselves. We now have 500 circulating.
We were at the Romney Hdqtrs on Sunday in Boca Raton where Mayor Guiliani spoke and two tv stations did video of our signs:
“When did the Democrats go from Camelot to Crap-a-lot?” and “Benghazi is an Act of War, Obama is Covering Up”. We sold lots of stickers and tee-shirts.
Since Lynn Univ., sight of the 3rd Pres., debate, was the only campus that didn’t have a lst Amendment area, we held a rally to support Israel and fight terorism at FAU and got two more tv stations to cover us. We had terrific support from the traffic on Glades Rd and 10th Ave., and only 5 ‘F.U.’s, 3 of them from one woman who had to drive around three times to show her foolishness and another woman who gave us the finger and drove around twice for that level of stupidity. Otherwise, we had terrific support. There were 3 Obama folks also yelling at us here and also when we went to Congress and Yamato Rd. with our signs and again great support from the grassroots.
On Tuesday, we did our weekly at the Fed. Bldg. in Ft. Laud. and 3 for Obama and ten times more for us. In the evening we attended an event in North Miami Beach, with John Voight, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved and Dennis Prager. We sold alot of stickers afterwards.
This was our 569th rally/event since Oct. 2007 and 1904 news interviews.
The media gives one story and we see another with our visibility. Many are afraid to identify themselves, but give us support and we are greatful.
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by Stanley Kurtz
May 26, 2011 4:00 A.M.
It’s time to revisit the issue of President Obama’s Palestinian ties. During his time in the Illinois state senate, Obama forged close alliances with the most prominent Palestinian political leaders in America. Substantial evidence also indicates that during his pre-Washington years, Obama was both supportive of the Palestinian cause and critical of America’s stance toward Israel. Although Obama began to voice undifferentiated support for Israel around 2004 (as he ran for U.S. Senate and his national visibility rose), critics and even some backers have long suspected that his pro-Palestinian inclinations survive.
The continuing influence of Obama’s pro-Palestinian sentiments is the best way to make sense of the president’s recent tilt away from Israel. This is why supporters of Israel should fear Obama’s reelection. In 2013, with his political vulnerability a thing of the past, Obama’s pro-Palestinian sympathies would be released from hibernation, leaving Israel without support from its indispensable American defender.
To see this, we need to reconstruct Obama’s pro-Palestinian past and assess its influence on the present. Taken in context, and followed through the years, the evidence strongly suggests that Obama’s long-held pro-Palestinian sentiments were sincere, while his post-2004 pro-Israel stance has been dictated by political necessity.
Let’s begin at the beginning — with the controversial question of whether Obama’s cultural heritage through his nominally Muslim Kenyan father and his Muslim Indonesian stepfather, along with his having been raised for a time in predominantly Muslim Indonesia, might have had some effect on the president’s mature foreign-policy views. Obama supporters often mock this idea, but we have it on high authority that Obama’s unusual heritage and upbringing have had an effect on his adult views.
Top presidential aide and longtime Obama family friend Valerie Jarrett was born and raised in Iran for the first five years of her life. In explaining how she first grew close to Obama, Jarrett says they traded stories of their youthful travels. As Jarrett told Obama biographer David Remnick: “He and I shared a view of where the United States fit in the world, which is often different from the view people have who have not traveled outside the United States as young children.” Remnick continues: “Through her travels, Jarrett felt that she had come to see the United States with a greater objectivity as one country among many, rather than as the center of all wisdom and experience.” Speaking with the authority of a close personal friend and top political adviser, then, Jarrett affirms that she and Obama reject traditional American exceptionalism. One hallmark of America’s exceptionalist perspective, of course, is our unique alliance with a democratic Israel, even in the face of intense criticism of that alliance from much of the rest of the world.
Obama’s close friend and longtime ally, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said’s successor as the most prominent American advocate for the Palestinians, goes further. Khalidi told the Los Angeles Times that as president, Obama, “because of his unusual background, with family ties in Kenya and Indonesia, would be more understanding of the Palestinian experience than typical American politicians.” Khalidi’s testimony is important, since he speaks on the basis of years of friendship with Obama.
Those who know Obama best, then, affirm that his foreign-policy views are atypical for an American politician, and are grounded in his unique international heritage and upbringing. That is important, because our core task is to decide whether Obama’s pro-Palestinian past was a stance rooted in sincere sympathy, or nothing but a convenient sop to his leftist Hyde Park supporters. Jarrett and Khalidi give us reason to believe that Obama’s decidedly pro-Palestinian inclinations are rooted in his core conception of who he is.
Obama came to political consciousness at college, and prior to his discovery of community organizing late in his senior year, his focus was on international issues. Obama’s memoir, Dreams from My Father, highlights his anti-apartheid activism during his sophomore year at California’s Occidental College. Obama’s anti-apartheid stance, however, was part of a far broader and more radical rejection of the West’s alleged imperialism. Obama himself tells us, in a famous passage in Dreams, that he was taken with criticism of “neocolonialism” and “Eurocentrism” during these early college years.
What Obama doesn’t tell us, but what I reveal in Radical-in-Chief, my political biography of the president, is that he was a convinced Marxist during his college years. More important, once Obama graduated and entered the world of community organizing, he absorbed the sophisticated and intentionally stealthy socialism of his mentors. Obama’s socialist mentors strongly supported what they saw as the “liberation struggles” carried on by rebels against American “oppression” throughout the world. So Obama’s continuous radical political history strongly suggests that his early support for Palestine’s “liberation struggle” grew out of authentic political conviction, not pandering.
Although Obama has long withheld his college transcripts from the public, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2008 that Obama took a course from Edward Said sometime during his final two undergraduate years at Columbia University. This was just around the time Obama’s ties to organized socialism were deepening, and certainly suggests a sincere interest in Said’s radical views. As Martin Kramer points out, in his superb 2008 review of Obama’s Palestinian ties, Said had just then published his book The Question of Palestine, definitively setting the terms of the academic Left’s stance on the issue for decades to come.
After Obama finished his initial community-organizing stint in Chicago and graduated from Harvard Law School, he settled down to a teaching job at the University of Chicago around 1992, and went about laying the foundations of a political career. Sometime not long after his arrival at the University of Chicago, Obama connected with Rashid Khalidi.
To say the least, Rashid Khalidi is a controversial fellow. To begin with, although Khalidi denies it, Martin Kramer has unearthed powerful evidence suggesting that Khalidi was at one time an official spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Also, in the years immediately prior to his friendship with Obama, Khalidi was a leading opponent of the first Gulf War, which successfully reversed Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. According to Kramer, Khalidi condemned that action as an American “colonial war,” insisting that before we could end Saddam’s occupation of Kuwait, we would first have to end Israel’s supposedly equivalent occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. As Kramer puts it, Khalidi’s influence helped turn the University of Chicago of the Nineties into “the hot place to be for . . . trendy postcolonialist, blame-America, trash-Israel” scholarship.
While we don’t know exactly when their friendship began, Khalidi was reportedly present at the famous 1995 kickoff reception for Obama’s first political campaign, held at the home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. That is no minor point. We’ll see that as Khalidi’s close friend and political ally, Ayers played an integral role in the story of Obama’s relationship with Khalidi.
In May 1998, Edward Said traveled from Columbia to Chicago to present the keynote address at a dinner organized by the Arab American Action Network, a group founded by Rashid and Mona Khalidi. We’ve known for some time that Barack and Michelle Obama sat next to Edward and Mariam Said at that event. (Pictures are available.) It has not been noticed, however, that a detailed report on Said’s address exists, along with an article by Said published just days before the event (Arab American News, May 22, June 12, 1998). Between those two reports, we can reconstruct at least an approximate picture of what Obama might have heard from his former professor that day.
For the most part, Said focused his article (and likely his talk as well) on harsh criticisms of Israel, which he equated with both South Africa’s apartheid state and Nazi Germany. Said’s criticisms of the Palestinian Authority also were harsh. Why, he wondered, weren’t the 50,000 security people employed by the Palestinian Authority heading up resistance to Israel’s settlement building? In his talk, Said called for large-scale marches and civilian blockades of Israeli settlement building. To prevent Palestinian workers from participating in any Israeli construction, Said also proposed the establishment of a fund that would pay these laborers not to work for Israel. Presciently, Said’s talk also called on Palestinians to orchestrate an international campaign to stigmatize Israel as an illegitimate apartheid state.
So broadly speaking, this is what Obama would have heard from his former teacher at that May 1998 encounter. Yet Obama was clearly comfortable enough with Said’s take on Israel to deepen his relationship with Khalidi and his Arab American Action Network (AAAN). We know this, because Ali Abunimah, longtime vice president of the AAAN, has told us so.
In many ways, Abunimah is the neglected key to reconstructing the story of Obama’s alliance with Khalidi and AAAN. While Abunimah’s accounts of Obama’s alliance with AAAN have long been public, they are not widely known. Nor have Abunimah’s writings been pieced together with Obama’s history of support for AAAN. Doing so creates a disturbing picture of Obama’s political convictions on the Palestinian question.
In late summer 1998, for example, a few months after Obama’s encounter with Edward Said, Abunimah and AAAN were caught up in a national controversy over the alleged blacklisting of respected terrorism expert Steve Emerson by National Public Radio. In August of that year, NPR had interviewed Emerson on air about Osama bin Laden’s terror network. According to columnist Jeff Jacoby, however, Abunimah managed to obtain a promise from NPR to ban Emerson from its airwaves, on the grounds that Emerson was an anti-Arab bigot. It took Jacoby’s research and public objections to lift the ban.
Attempting to bar an expert on Osama bin Laden’s terror network from the airwaves is not exactly a feather in AAAN’s cap. Yet Obama continued his relationship with AAAN. Abunimah himself introduced Obama at a major fundraiser for a West Bank Palestinian community center a short time later in 1999. And that, says Abunimah, was “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.”
The year 2000 saw yet another public clash between Ali Abunimah and Jeff Jacoby over terrorism, along with a deepening alliance between Obama, Khalidi, Abunimah, and AAAN. In May 2000, Abunimah published a New York Times op-ed taking issue with a State Department report on the rising threat of terrorism from the Middle East and South Asia. The report focused on al-Qaeda, in particular. This was one of the most timely and accurate warnings we received in the run-up to 9/11. Yet Abunimah trashed the report. In a longer studyreleased around the time of his op-ed, Abunimah went further, questioning Hezbollah’s designation as a terrorist organization, and suggesting that we ought to be, at the very least, “deeply skeptical” of the State Department’s warnings about Osama bin Laden.
As Abunimah continued to downplay the threat from bin Laden, his ties to Obama deepened. In 2000, AAAN founder Rashid Khalidi held a fundraiser for Obama’s ultimately unsuccessful congressional campaign. Abunimah remembers that Obama “came with his wife. That’s where I had a chance to really talk to him. 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.” Obama’s numerous statements over the years criticizing American policy for leaning too much toward Israel were vivid in Abunimah’s memory, he says, because “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.” Obama’s criticism of America’s Middle East policy was sufficient to inspire Abunimah to pull out his checkbook and, for the first time, contribute to an American political campaign.
Within a year, Obama did Khalidi and Abunimah a good turn as well. From his position on the board of Chicago’s Woods Fund, Obama, along with Ayers and the other five members of the board, began to channel funds to AAAN, totaling $75,000 in grants during 2001 and 2002. Now Obama and Ayers were effectively supporting the pro-Palestinian activism of AAAN’s vice-president, Abunimah, and funding an organization founded by their mutual friends, the Khalidis, in the process.
In the first year of the Woods Fund grant, Abunimah was the focus of a critical Chicago Tribune op-ed by Gidon Remba, a former translator in the Israeli prime minister’s office. Pointing to Abunimah, among others, Remba decried attempts by “Yasser Arafat’s Arab-American cheerleaders” to “vindicate the resurgence of attacks on Israeli civilians by Palestinian gunmen and Islamic suicide bombers.” Yet Obama and Ayers re-upped AAAN’s money in 2002.
An August 2002 profile of Abunimah in the Chicago Tribune quotes a supporter of Israel noting that, while he has heard Abunimah deplore terrorism, he has never heard Abunimah affirm that he “supports the continued right of Israel to exist alongside a future Palestine.” That is because Abunimah does not appear to recognize such a right. Instead, Abunimah favors a “one-state solution,” in which Israel’s identity as a Jewish state would be drowned out by an influx of Palestinian immigrants seeking the “right of return.” Abunimah’s book, One Country, which spells out his one-state solution, features an extended comparison between Israel and South African apartheid.
For Bill Ayers, Abunimah’s claims that Israel is an apartheid state, along with his arguments that international law at times licences violent resistance against Israel, surely resonate. As I show in Radical-in-Chief, Ayers has never abandoned his Weatherman ideology. The reason Ayers refuses to repudiate the Weathermen’s terrorist past is that he sees the group’s violent actions as justified resistance to the “internal colonialism” and apartheid of a racist American society. That likely explains why Ayers happily channeled grant money to AAAN, which makes a Weatherman-style argument against Israel.
In the acknowledgments of Resurrecting Empire, a monograph he worked on toward the end of his time in Chicago, Khalidi credits Ayers with persuading him to write it. A core theme of Resurrecting Empire is that the problems of the Middle East largely turn on America’s failure to force Israel to resolve the Palestinian question. This claim that Israel is the true root of the Middle East’s problems is what Martin Kramer identifies, correctly, I think, as the key lesson imparted to Obama by Khalidi.
Khalidi left Chicago in 2003, after the now-famous farewell dinner at which Obama thanked Khalidi for years of beneficial intellectual exchange. The article in which the Los Angeles Timesreports on that dinner adds that many of Obama’s Palestinian allies and associates are convinced that, despite his public statements in support of Israel, Obama remains far more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause then he has publicly let on.
Specifically, Abunimah has said that, in the winter of 2004, Obama commended an op-ed Abunimah had just published in the Chicago Tribune, saying, “Keep up the good work!” (This is likely the op-ed in question.) According to Abunimah, Obama then apologized for not having said more publicly about Palestine, but also said he hoped that after his race for the U.S. Senate was over he could be “more up front” about his actual views.
It didn’t turn out that way. Once Obama’s new-found stardom gave him national political prospects, he swiftly shifted into the pro-Israeli camp, to Abunimah’s great frustration. Would a reelected Obama finally be able to be “more up front” about his pro-Palestinian views, belatedly fulfilling his promise to Abunimah? In short, was Obama’s pro-Palestinian past nothing but a way of placating a hard-Left constituency whose views he never truly shared? Or is Obama’s post-2004 tilt toward Israel the real charade?
The record is clear. Obama’s heritage, his largely hidden history of leftist radicalism, and his close friendship with Rashid Khalidi, all bespeak sincerity, as Obama’s other Palestinian associates agree. This is not to mention Reverend Wright — whose rabidly anti-Israel sentiments, I show in Radical-in-Chief, Obama had to know about — or Obama’s longtime foreign-policy adviser Samantha Power, who once apparently recommended imposing a two-state solution on Israel through American military action. Decades of intimate alliances in a hard-Left world are a great deal harder to fake than a few years of speeches at AIPAC conferences.
The real Obama is the first Obama, and depending on how the next presidential election turns out, we’re going to meet him again in 2013.
President Obama presented yesterday his blueprint for Mideast peace: Israel must withdraw to its pre-1967 borders. A Palestinian State needs to be created, viable and sovereign. Israel must be recognized and its security guaranteed.
I wish it was otherwise, but the words of the President demonstrate profound ignorance of the reality. Let us clarify some of the vital issues at hand, not based on illusions, but on facts.
Why can’t Israel just withdraw to its pre-1967 borders and put an end to the present conflict?
The present conflict between Israel and the Arabs has absolutely nothing to do with the 1967 occupation. Consider the following facts:
1) The Palestinian Liberation Organization, known today as The Palestinian Authority, was founded in 1964 at a time when the “occupied territories” were under Jordanian control. There was not one Jewish settlement in the territories, nor any Jewish “occupation.” Yet the charter of the PLO from 1964 till this very day states as its goal “the destruction of Israel.”
2) What compelled Israel in 1967 to capture the territories? Five Arab countries-Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon joined by Saudi Arabia-contrived a plan to annihilate Israel and “drive the Jews into the sea.” Israel fought back and won the war, including the territories from which they were attacked.
Israel never sought to occupy the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, or Gaza. The war which brought about the “occupation” was thrust upon Israel. Yet this crucial point is almost never conveyed in the international and American press.
Keep in mind that in 1967 the Arabs controlled 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represented less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the land mass. But even that was too much for the Arabs. They wanted it all. No matter how many land concessions the Israelis make, it will never be enough.
3) During the summer of 2000 at Camp David, Yasser Arafat was offered by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak 98 percent of the “occupied territories” and a first time ever Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. Arafat rejected the Israeli offer and initiated 20 months of bloodshed in Israel. Arafat pocketed every Israeli concession, turned his territory into an armed camp and then launched a vicious terror war that has lasted more than three years and killed more than 1,000 Israelis.
4) In the summer of 2005, Israel withdrew completely from Gaza, which it obtained in the 1967 war. Not even on an inch of land remained under Israeli occupation. The then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon believed that with not a single Jew left in Gaza and with the Israeli occupation over, the Arabs living there would now be driven to create a functioning state, and security would increase for both sides.
Alas, the exact opposite occurred. Hamas swept into Gaza and turned it into a terrorist infrastructure, with a clear objective: to destroy Israel. The result was increased rocket attacks from unoccupied Gaza targeting Israeli civilians on a daily basis.
The widespread notion that the murder of Jews in Israel has anything to do with the “occupied territories” is a myth. The territories are merely being used as a justification to exterminate Jews and destroy their land.
Still, why can’t Israel demonstrate goodwill by putting an end to the “occupation” and declaring Palestinian statehood? This would foster hope and put an end to the psychology of violence.
For one to demand this gesture from Israel one needs to be either foolish or cruel. It is akin to demanding that a person with cancer give his malignant tumor uncontrolled rein in one part of his body. Such a “gesture” would secure his death.
Arab terror, just like the terror we experienced on 9/11, is a cancer. The thousands of fighters in the territories are not opposing Israel’s right to a particular piece of land. They don’t recognize Israel’s right to any of the land. They do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. To make peace with cancer is an act of war; to declare war against cancer is an act of peace.
Sadly, even today, the charter of the so called moderate Palestinian Authority calls for the destruction of Israel. Every single territorial concession Israel has ever made, only increased violence, and never brought peace even an inch closer. Arabs have used the ceded territory to launch attacks on Israel and murder its civilians from closer proximity. Concessions have also demonstrated to the Arabs, that terror is effective, and if the terror continues, they will receive yet more land.
Has the education curriculum in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza been altered to start teaching children about the importance of peace and co-existence? Have the Imams during their weekly sermons in the Mosques changed their jargon exclaiming that Israel is not the face of the devil? Have Arab communities stopped naming streets and quarters after suicide bombers who murdered Israeli civilians?
Sadly, nothing of this has occurred. No one in the international community even demands it as a prerequisite for peace negotiations. While Israeli schools teach that peace is our greatest ideal, in every single Arab school without exception Israel is portrayed as the enemy of G-d which must be obliterated. With these realities unaltered, giving away more territories, removing roadblocks, ceasing construction of Jewish homes, would bring more war not peace.
The creation of a Palestinian state would be a tragedy for innocent people throughout the region, Jews and Arabs alike. You don’t give a state to people who want to see your children burned alive and your teenagers blown to pieces. Such people you destroy. If not, they will destroy you and thousands of more innocent people the world over.
The very negotiations about a “Palestinian state” are dangerous. It is these types of negotiations that have granted legitimacy to terrorists and have encouraged them to continue on their path of destruction.
How could intelligent people say, “In the end Israel will have to return to the negotiations table?” Israel has been negotiating land for peace for years now; it has given the Arabs virtual control over 90 percent of the territories. What has it brought Jews? Blood, blood and more blood. Clearly, another solution must be sought.
What about the moral injustice of occupation? How could Israel hold on to the homeland of another nation, the Palestinian nation?
To call Israel occupiers of the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem is akin to calling the U.S. occupiers of New Jersey.
First and foremost, the Bible-a book embraced by billions of Muslims and Christians as the word of G-d-states clearly that the entire country, including the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, is G-d’s eternal gift to the Jewish people. Read the Bible and draw your own conclusion.
The American people are a moral people who bow their heads before truth. It is about time that Jews begin stating the truth without shame: “Israel is occupying nothing but its own land; the Creator and Master of the entire world gave this land to the Jews.”
Second, the entire concept of a “Palestinian people fighting for their ancient homeland occupied by the Jews,” is nothing short of a lie, a myth that has become an accepted truth in the American press.
Let us reflect on some history:
Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., 2,000 years before the birth of Islam. Forty years later, in 1272 B.C.E. the Jews conquered Eretz Israel and enjoyed dominion over the land for a thousand years. Even after the Babylonians and then the Romans put an end to the Jewish sovereignty, Jews continued to reside there throughout all of their history. In short, the Jews have had a continuous presence in the land of Israel for the past 3,300 years.
What about the “Palestinian people”? Israel did not seize the West Bank and Old Jerusalem from a “Palestinian nation.” Such a nation never existed in the history of mankind. Israel captured these territories from Jordan’s King Hussein and the Gaza Strip from Egypt after they declared war against the Jewish state. It was only in 1967, following the Six-day War that Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a “Palestinian people.” One can’t help but wonder why all these Palestinians suddenly discovered their national identity after Israel won the war but not during the “Jordanian occupation”?
The answer to this enigma is that there has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are regular Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Egyptians, etc., who have all lived for hundreds of years under Turkish rule, and then, after World War I, under British rule. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There is no such an entity as a “Palestinian people.”
The first time the name Palestine was used was in 70 C.E. when the Romans committed genocide against the Jews, smashed the Temple and declared the land of Israel would be no more. From then on, the Romans promised, it would be known as Palestine. This region was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, after World War I, by the British.
(The name was derived from the Philistines, a Goliathian people conquered by the Jews centuries earlier. It was a way for the Romans to add insult to injury. They also tried to change the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, but that had even less staying power.)
Mark Twain took a tour of Palestine in 1867. This is how he described that land: “A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”
Where was this great Palestinian nation? It did not exist. It was not there. Palestine was a region under the control of Turkey.
Many people are unaware that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920. Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941. The borders of Jordan were established in 1946 and Kuwait in 1961. To state that Israel “robbed” the Palestinian people from their homeland is simply not true.
How can Israel justify the suffering of so many innocent Arabs in the territories?
Every decent human heart goes out to the pain of innocent Arab children, women and men. Their suffering should evoke the compassion of all moral men. But let us be clear on the matter: Their suffering has absolutely nothing to do with Israel. Their profound agony is the result of the Arab and Palestinian leaders who have in a most cynical way used them as weapons in their bloody battle against Israel, robbing them from any prospect of a brighter future.
This abuse of the Arab refugees by their leaders began back in 1948. The refugees were encouraged by Arab leaders to leave Israel, promising to purge the land of Jews. Sixty-eight percent left their homes without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
Out of the 100 million refugees after World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that was not absorbed or integrated into their own peoples’ lands. As Prime Minister Netanyahu pointed out today in the White House, Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey. Yet the Arab refugees were intentionally not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Why? Because cynical Arab leaders realized that the true value of the refugees was not as Arab brothers but as pawns to be used against Israel.
Much of the international community, the academia and the press condemn Israel. Many claim that Israel abused and sometimes even massacres Palestinians in the territories. Is it possible that Israel is right and the whole world is wrong?
Let us not be ashamed to respond with clarity: You bet your life it’s possible! It is true now and it’s always been true. Abraham gave the world ethical monotheism and the whole world fought him. Moses taught the world individual freedom and universal morality and the world’s super-power was against him. Just 65 years ago the entire world watched in silence as 1.5 million Jewish children went up in smoke. Was the whole world right then, too?
Universal morality and the value of life was the Jewish gift to the world. At a time when the whole world was accustomed to slaughtering children to the pagan gods, the Jewish people, alone in a hostile world, declared the word of G-d, “Thou shall not kill.”
If we had listened to the world then, murder today would be legal. If we listen to the world now, terrorism tomorrow will become the norm.
How cynical, how cruel it is to accuse Israel of the massacre of civilian Palestinians. The entire culture of the Jewish state is based on the value of every single human life. Israel has always sacrificed its children in order to secure the safety of Arab civilians. Israel restrained itself for years in the territories despite ongoing killings of Jewish children, women and men.
In the history of the Jewish state, how many Jewish suicide bombers have blown themselves up in Arab communities?
How many Arab buses were blown up by Jews?
How many Arab pizza parlors, malls, discotheques and restaurants were destroyed by Jewish terrorists?
How many airplanes have been hijacked by Jews?
How many Ramadan feasts were targeted by Jewish bombs?
How many Arabs have been lynched in Israeli cities, or Arab Olympic athletes murdered by Jews? How many Arab embassies have been bombed by Jews?
How many mosques, cemeteries and religious schools were fire bombed or desecrated by Jews in North Africa, France, Belgium, Germany, England or any other country?
How many Jewish schools contain books claiming that Arabs poison wells, use Christian blood to bake pita, control world finance and are the work of the devil? How many claim that Arab elders meet secretly to plot a world takeover?
And now, the Arabs have the chutzpah to continuously accuse Israel of massacres! And the entire world follows suit?
The Arabs claim that they are fighting against the brutal Israeli occupation, which has stripped them from their dignity and humanity.
It would be foolish to claim that “Israel never did any wrong” to Arabs living throughout the territories. Of course, Israel has made errors. Yet the fact remains that the Arabs living under Israeli rule enjoyed more civil rights than Arabs living in almost any Arab state. The Arab press in the West Bank has been among the liveliest and freest in the Arab world, and it routinely attacks its “occupier.”
When was the last time a Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan or Saudi publicly attacked one of his or her leaders? How is Syria treating its protesters as I write? And Iran? And Libya?
So, what is the solution to the conflict?
As long as the status of the entire country remains ambiguous, the terror campaign against Israel will continue. As long terrorists see the opportunity to seize more land and attack Israel from closer proximity, they will not cease their agenda. Israel should stand up and put an end to the ambivalence around Jewish ownership of the land; it must stop intoxicating the terrorists. Israel must state clearly that “Until the culture and education of the entire Palestinian population does not change, there will be no more negotiations on even a single inch of the land of Israel. We have attempted to negotiate land for peace with our neighbors; we have offered them 98 percent of the territories and an independent state side-by-side with our state. Yet they have reciprocated by sending suicide bombers to our pizza shops, cafés, supermarkets and streets. They have blown to pieces hundreds of innocent Jewish men and women. One cannot give land to leaders who have taught their people to celebrate Jewish death.”
Israel should allow anybody who wishes to depart for another country to do so. Then it should go in and reclaim its permanent sovereignty over all of the territories. This will save not only countless Jewish lives, but also scores of Arab lives. It will once and for all purge the region from continuous bloodshed and terror.
Israel’s concessions due to intense world pressure were foolish. Politics superseded security; morality was defeated by fear. To demand Israel’s withdrawal from any territory is asking the Jewish State to help commit suicide. That it should get any encouragement from the United States or from its secretary of state is a disgrace
is similar to one demanding from a surgeon to stop the surgery before finishing because the sight of blood is repulsive. The short-term cover-up of the terror nests will only allow the long-term blossoming of the terror organizations.
The best way to bring about genuine peace in the Arab-Israeli war is by Israel putting an end to any future negotiations on the land. Israel must assume full security and military control over all of the territories under the united banner of a single country, Eretz Israel.
This is not an occupation. It is the land of Israel, given by G-d to the Jewish people. It is moral and just. Let’s set the record clear once and for all: This is Jewish land, not Arab land. The Arabs who wish to desist from killing Jews will enjoy cultural and religious freedom, civil rights, gender equality and freedom of expression, privileges most of them have never experienced in their own countries. Those who cannot tolerate living under a united Jewish country should be welcomed to emigrate.
All other suggested paths are merely romantic delusions that will bring continued grief to innocent Jews and Arabs. Let all Jews and people of moral standing unite and encourage Israel in its campaign to bring life and peace to all good people in the region, Jew and Arab.
Submitted on 2011/05/20 at 8:00 am
Hi Bob. Blog letter to the Herald today. Thought it might interest you.
OBAMA SELLS OUT ISREAL. FLORIDA JEWS, STILL VOTING FOR HIM?
Everybody predicted it and now it has happened, Obama is selling out Israel, the only civilized democratic country in the middle east and our only true ally. This comes as no surprise to those of us who actually paid attention to his ideas-philosophy, dominated by Marxist “third world” advocacy. He has been an enemy of the Jewish state his whole life regardless of his verbal protestations to “Zionism.”
Now, prior to meeting with Isreali premier Netanyahu, he’s reversed decades of US policy and called for an indefensible Isreal limited to the 1967 boundaries, next door to a Palestinian state pledged to the its destruction. Israel will no more return to 1967 borders than the USA will return to our pre Mexican war boundaries; giving up California and the entire southwest. We won it fair and square, in WAR. The Arabs have repeatedly attacked the Jewish state since 1948 and thousands of young Israelis have died defending their people whom Hamas (the elected real government of “Palestine” has vowed to exterminate.) So, before negotiations, Obama has taken away any bargaining power Israel might have and, in so doing, made uncertain future US support. Obama’s WORDS reassure, but ACTIONS speak far louder. Paper treaties are NO defensein the real world. Hamas, like thier much admired Hitler, will break ‘em in a heartbeat.
As a Irish American “Schagitz,” I’ve long been astounded at American Jews continually voting for their enemies; Obama & Co. Yesterday AIPAC, the US’s principal pro-Isreal lobbying group, had to advise its members to “react with moderation” (not hiss and boo) Obama next week when he speaks at their convention. My Jewish friends, how long are you going to “take it” and watch the beginning of Isreal’s destruction? Ever notice that virtually EVERY Republican is a strong supporter of the Jewish state? Maybe it is time to reconsider your political affiliations. The days of restricted hotels and “gentleman’s agreement” are long gone. You are welcome to the Tea Party and the GOP.