Myths & Facts

Obama, McCain, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

May 12th, 2008

If you’re looking for a President who thinks the right solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is to crush the Palestinians, then Barack Obama’s not your man.

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Sen. Obama & Philadelphia Jewish Leaders, April 16

April 18th, 2008

Senator Barack Obama and his Middle-East Advisors met with leaders of the Philadelphia Jewish Community at Temple Rodeph Shalom on April 16. We have set up this longish post with all the transcripts AND embeded audio clips with permission of the Philly Jewish Voice.

Original material from
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New! Launch of Weekly Newsletter

April 16th, 2008

Our very active mailing list at is too much for many people to handle, even in daily digest form. So today, we are launching a new weekly magazine format email newsletter, edited by veteran activist Gidon D. Remba. Subscriptions and privacy enforcement will be handled via well known professional service provider ConstantContact, rather than through the BarackObama Site.

Read the full Press Release.

Archives will be available on our Newsletter homepage.

Selected Town Hall Questions and Answers

April 9th, 2008

The best way to get to know the real Barack Obama is to listen to him answer questions in a small group setting. We have put together a selection of many different topics for you to choose from. If you have a favorite clip that is not included here, feel free to drop us a line so we can add it. Read the rest of this entry »

Rabbi Herzfeld: Don’t Judge Obama By His Longtime Pastor

April 4th, 2008

From The New York Jewish Week, April 2, 2008, by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, rabbi at Ohev Sholom, the national synagogue in Washington, DC:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama’s longtime pastor, says some things that really offend me. As a passionate Zionist I take offense at his cruel reference to an apartheid regime going on in Israel. As a patriotic American I shake in disgust at the “God Damn America” sermon he gave soon after the tragic events of 9/11. His ongoing association with Louis Farrakhan troubles me deeply, since Farrakhan is a bigot. Indeed, I once led a group of protesters into the office of Anthony Williams, former mayor of Washington, D.C., and begged him not stand with Farrakhan.

At the same time, I do not view Rev. Wright’s remarks as a reason not to vote for Barack Obama. I may or may not decide to vote for him, but not on the basis of his longtime pastor’s politics.

It appears that Obama and Wright share a deep, spiritual relationship. The clergy-congregant relationship is one built upon love. Having had many of those relationships, I can tell you first hand that it is definitely possible to love a religious leader even if you find some of his or her political ideas deeply offensive. Read the rest of this entry »

Ali Abuminah and the Electric Intifada

March 5th, 2008

In an article in the Electric Intifada, Ali Abuminah has a photo of Obama at an Edward Said Lecture, and says

Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

However, it is no crime to be at a lecture by Edward Said, who was a respected professor and eloquent author at Columbia University. What Ali Abuminah says, from his hard position as a representative of the Palestinian Resistance, is essentially that Obama has been in the mainstream of Democratic party with respect to the conflict. The mainstream was more progressive before Bush/Sharon and 9/11. Since 2002,  Obama has taken a harder and harder position against the use of violence on civilians by groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as solidifying his backing for Israel. It is clear that Obama is completely in line with mainstream American and Jewish thought on the two-state solution to the conflict.  Please read his position and factsheet on Israel.

Marc Zell, Jewish Republican

February 25th, 2008

Several years ago, Reagan/Bush official James Baker expletively asked the question “Why should we (Republicans) help Israel, when the Jewish vote is always overwhelmingly Democratic”? Thus began a PR effort to make more Jews vote republican, so Israel would not face pressure under Republican administrations. Recently in the Jerusalem Post, Marc Zell, a leader in this PR effort, published a series of rumors and falsehoods against Obama, and there have been responses.

  • Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida.

Responding to Lasky’s “American Thinker” schmears.

February 24th, 2008

Another set of hateful articles circulating were written by Ed Lasky of “American thinker” magazine. There have been many responses, for example by Ira Forman:

  • Ira Forman in the Philly Jewish Voice