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Email This Post The Jeremiah Wright controversy

June 11th, 2008

There are so many things wrong with the attacks leveled against Senator Barack Obama because of his relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the Trinity Universal Church of Christ that it is hard to know where to begin a discussion of them.

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Email This Post Barack Obama’s Real Problem with the Jewish Vote

June 11th, 2008

By Lincoln Mitchel

June 9, 2008 - Now that the Democratic Primary is finally and definitively over, we will probably begin to hear even more about Barack Obama’s relationship, even his problem, with Jewish voters. Barack does have a problem with Jewish voters–there aren’t enough of them. Lost in all the noise about Obama’s supposed problems winning Jewish support, is that the latest polls show him winning this group by a margin of almost 2-1. If this constitutes a problem, Obama should wish for such problems with Christian and other voters as well.

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Email This Post Obama did not backtrack on “undivided Jerusalem”

June 6th, 2008

The RJC today are amplifying an editorial flourish in a Reuters headline:

On Wednesday, Barack Obama committed that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided” in his speech before the AIPAC policy conference. On Thursday, Barack Obama backtracked on this position and reversed it… Barack Obama on Thursday announced in an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley that “obviously, it’s going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be a part of these negotiations.”

Jerusalem is quite an emotional issue on all sides and it did at first sound like “code” for moving the American Embassy from Tel-aviv to Jerusalem, which might undermine final status negotiations of the two-state solution Obama discussed immediately prior to the remark. Some people heard “Kick out the Arabs,” while others heard “Don’t build a Berlin Wall.”

Let me be clear: Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized, defensible borders. And Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.

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Email This Post Obama is not the “Hamas candidate”

June 4th, 2008

In April 2008, a top Hamas Adviser, Ahmed Yousef, told a radio interviewer that Hamas liked Senator Barack Obama and hoped he would win the U.S. presidential election. Senator Obama’s detractors immediately branded him the “Hamas candidate for President,” claiming that the Hamas “endorsement” somehow proved that Senator Obama would not be tough enough in the fight against terrorism.

It turns out, however, that Hamas had one thing in common with the people using them to attack Obama — they had not actually taken the time to understand Senator Obama’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When Obama reiterated that stance in a speech to AIPAC on June 4, Hamas apparently caught his speech on TV and didn’t like what he had to say, because they responded as follows:

“Obama’s comments have confirmed that there will be no change in the U.S. administration’s foreign policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in Gaza.

“The Democratic and Republican parties support totally the Israeli occupation at the expense of the interests and rights of Arabs and Palestinians,” he said.

“Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and Mccain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win,” Zuhri said.

How embarrassing for Hamas to have to withdraw their endorsement! All the other terrorists must be snickering at them behind their backs. They could have spared themselves the trouble by taking the time to read about Obama’s stance on Israel in his own words.

Perhaps you should too?

Email This Post Myth: Obama has no concrete foreign policy plans

June 4th, 2008

Senator Barack Obama’s detractors frequently claim that he has offered nothing concrete to back up his calls for “change” in Washington. In reality, Senator Obama has published excruciatingly detailed policies and positions on pretty much every important issue you can think of, all of which can be easily located and viewed on his Web site. In fact, Senator Obama’s published policies and positions are far more complete and detailed than those of Senator John McCain. For example, while Senator Obama has explained in detail his positions on Israel, Senator McCain’s Web site says nothing on this topic.

Senator Obama’s foreign policy plan, in particular, is exceedingly detailed. Too detailed to repeat here, in fact, but you can read all about it here. Here’s a little taste:

“When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture because it is never ok… I will end the war in Iraq… I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now.”

— Barack Obama, Des Moines, Iowa, November 10, 2007

Email This Post Myth: Obama opposes declaring the Iranian Republican Guard a terrorist organization

June 4th, 2008

Senator Barack Obama’s detractors claim that he opposes declaring the Iranian Republican Guard a terrorist organization; they claim that this proves that Senator Obama is “soft” on Iran.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Senator Obama opposed the Kyl-Lieberman resolution declaring the Iranian Republican Guard a terrorist organization because the resolution also declared that the U.S. military in Iraq should be used to counter Iran, a proposition that Senator Obama does not support.  In fact, Senator Obama cosponsored the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act, which would designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organ, prohibit trade with Iran, freeze Iranian officials’ assets, and help combat terrorist financing.  More information about Senator Obama’s stance on Iran is available on Senator Obama’s Web site.

Email This Post Myth: “Obama has no paper trail on Israel”

June 4th, 2008

Senator Barack Obama’s detractors claim that he hasn’t been in the US Senate for long enough to establish a record of support for Israel. This claim is false. In fact, there is ample evidence of Obama’s unshakeable support for Israel, from his record in the Illinois and US Senate, from his public statements, and from his team of advisers on the Middle East (his real team of advisers, not the fictional team fabricated by those attempting to smear him).

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Email This Post Leon Weinstein “Open Letter to Senator Barack Obama”

June 2nd, 2008

A response to Leon Weinstein’s “Second Open Letter to Senator Barack Obama“:

Leon Weinstein is a conservative Republican who is obviously experienced in the methods of the Republican smear machine. He would never vote for any Democrat, so his “open letter to Senator Barack Obama” is not so much an effort to explain why he won’t vote for Senator Obama, but rather an effort to smear him so that other Jews won’t vote for him either.

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Email This Post Don’t Be a Lemming!

May 25th, 2008

From Rabbi Amy Weiss, the founder and executive director of The Initiative for Jewish Women, via Houston Chronicle:

We Jews like the rest of the world to think we get along with each other, never embarrass ourselves as a people and generally behave like upstanding citizens. Jews are great at rallying together for a cause. Which is why when we are targeted by political groups, whether it is about policy on Israel or opinions about public vs. private schools, I get nervous that our reactions as individuals quickly translates into mass overreaction that quickly slides into the “hysteria” from which we suffer, so poignantly pointed in the 1927 Jewish Encyclopedia’s article entitled “Nervous Disorders”.

When the political campaigns of Barack Obama’s opponents started disseminating “information” about Obama’s positions on the Middle East, the emails started to fly. Retired Jewish men and women who love to hit the “forward” button on jokes, tributes, cute pictures and assorted warnings sprang into action, as did the bar/bat mitzvah moms who send around “how hard it is to be a mom” missives (as if we needed reminding).Only after the cyber onslaught did a few people start to ask questions and come to find out that our folks had been had as part of a plan to gain support for other candidates. Read the rest of this entry »

Email This Post Florida RJC ad spreads FUD

May 22nd, 2008

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard about the advertisement by the Republican Jewish Coalition recently published in three major South Florida newspapers in advance of an appearance by Barck Obama at a synagogue there.  The RJC ad attempts to spread FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) by “asking” three questions designed, once again, to scurrilously imply that Senator Barack obama is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.

The National Jewish Democratic Council released the following statement in response to the RJC ad:

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