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Friday, July 31, 2009

Obama makes an obscene 'gesture' to the Jews

President Barack Hussein Obama has finally decided to make a 'gesture' to Israel and the Jews. It's pictured at top left of this post.

The gesture comes in the form of the awarding of the Medal of Freedom to one-time United Nations 'Human Rights Commissioner' and President of Ireland Mary Robinson. At Contentions, Jennifer Rubin explains who Mary Robinson is and what she symbolizes (Hat Tip: Melanie Phillips).
You may remember her role in presiding over the infamous Durban I Conference. At the time she joined Rashid Khalidi at Columbia University (no, you can’t make this up), this report summarized the objections to her hiring, given her record in overseeing the infamous Israel-bashing event:
Columbia has “become a hotbed of anti-Israel haters,” said the president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein. “It’s especially astonishing that a school with such a large Jewish population would insult Jewish people by hiring these haters of the Jewish state of Israel.”

The groups also blame Ms. Robinson for allowing the Durban conference to become a global platform for anti-Israel venting. Ms. Robinson, as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, rejected many American demands to remove anti-Israel language from final conference documents.

“Under Mary Robinson’s leadership the Human Rights Commission was one-sided and extremist. In her tenure at the HRC, she lacked fairness in her approach to the Israeli/Palestinian issue,” said the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, James Tisch. “I am hopeful — for the sake of her students and the reputation of Columbia — that as she enters the world of academia she will demonstrate more balance in her views.”
Recently deceased congressman and human-rights champion Tom Lantos had this to say:
Mary Robinson’s lack of leadership was a major contributing factor to the debacle in Durban. Her yearning to have a “dialogue among civilizations” blinded her to the reality that the noble goals of her conference had been usurped by some of the world’s least tolerant and most repressive states, wielding human rights claims as a weapon in a political dispute.
But Durban was not the only blot on her record. As Michael Rubin pointed out in this 2002 column, in her capacity as president of Ireland, she also happily provided millions of dollars of support to the PLO, which were used in terror attacks:
During the last four years of Robinson’s tenure, the European Union donated large sums of money to the Palestinian Authority. Ireland even held the presidency of the European Union for the second half of 1996. During this time, Arafat siphoned large amounts of European aid money away to pay for terror. Robinson can plead ignorance, but documents seized during the recent Israeli incursion into the West Bank revealed that the Palestinian Authority spent approximately $9 million of European Union aid money each month on the salaries of those organizing terror attacks against civilians. While European officials like Robinson looked the other way, the Palestinian Authority regularly converted millions of dollars of aid money into shekels at rates about 20 percent below normal, allowing the Palestinian chairman to divert millions of dollars worth of aid into his personal slush fund.
Read the whole thing.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with its counterpart the Congressional Gold Medal, is the highest civilian award that the United States can bestow. That President Obama considers the likes of Mary Robinson worthy of the Medal of Freedom speaks volumes about who this President is and what he represents. Especially when you consider it together with the President's racist behavior in what is known is Gatesgate. Michele Malkin pegged Obama in an interview with the Today Show on Wednesday. She called Obama a racial opportunist. Awarding this medal is continuing in the same vein.

The President of the United States is beneath contempt.

UPDATE SATURDAY 11:59 PM

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8 Comments:

At 3:13 PM, Blogger FinanceDoc said...

Obama's hatred of Israel is visceral. He is doing everything imaginable (that he can get away with) to shun her, shrink her, and undermine her security.

The real danger however, is yet to come. After failing in his initial frontal attack to collapse the Netanyahu government and subvert the American Jewish leadership, watch for Obama to return to the field with a new "gentler, kinder" approach designed to sucker in those Jews (in Israel and America) who will do anything to have their egos stroked.

This particular pharaoh is cunning like a fox and has court Jews calling his plays.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

"The President of the United States is beneath contempt."

It's getting crowded in that sewer. It's also filled with many Democratic Party hack "leaders" and hordes of American MSM presstitutes. Their lies, by omission and commission, and their willful connivance and dereliction of duty in getting Obama elected and covering his radical agenda are a stench over the land.

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vomit.

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger christine said...

we warned everybody about this hateful man.you don't st in rev. wright church for twenty years and expect a different result.obama is dangerous not only for americans but for israel as well.............we must beat him at his own game................obama is a hateful man who wants us to pay for our past in justices.......hey may be rev.wright well get a medal next year.................

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger Freedom Fighter said...

Robinson isn't the only Jew hater to get a Medal of Freedom this year.

So did this one...

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

carl, you really are something

maybe mary shouldnt win this honor, but to say that obama is racist as a result of the gates affair is absurd

legal experts from the right and left. of all colors, have said that prof gates arrest was innaproriate...dont know what the law is in israel, but in america, one cannot be arrested for disturbing the peace in one's own home...and yes, legally one can curse out a police officer when one is in ones own home

the president maybe shouldnt have commented on what basically is a local issue....but the fact that he did, does not make him a racist

is it possible that your unnending hate for the man makes you a racist? i hope not

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Abe said...

Yes, Obama is a racist....

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Ben-Yehudah said...

Lions and Tigers and Obamas! Oh my!

 

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