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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Yes, they are anti-Semites

Benny Weinthal discloses an email from the Center for American Progress (CAP), in which the group's anti-Semitic leanings are admitted.
The Jerusalem Post last week obtained the first CAP acknowledgment of Jewhatred stemming from a group of Mideast bloggers affiliated with CAP’s ThinkProgress website.

In the e-mail that the Post obtained exclusively from the CAP account of Faiz Shakir, who serves as editor-in-chief of the ThinkProgress.org website and is a vice president at CAP, he wrote, “Yes, I agree ‘Israel Firster’ is terrible, anti-Semitic language. And that’s why that language no longer exists on Zaid’s personal twitter feed, because he also knows and understands the implications.”

Zaid Jilani wrote on his Twitter account, where he identifies himself as a “Reporter-Blogger for ThinkProgress,” that “...Obama is still beloved by Israel-firsters and getting lots of their $$.”

The e-mail recognizing the anti-Semitism of a CAP blogger was sent from FShakir@americanprogress.org in December.

US-Jewish and Israeli NGOs accused a faction of ThinkProgress bloggers that month of stoking modern anti-Semitism. The anti-Israel scandal saw two CAP writers, Jilani and Ali Gharib, issue apologies for asserting that American Jews and a non-Jewish Republican senator serve the interests of the Israeli government over the security of the United States.

Speaking with the Post from Washington on Thursday, Shakir declined to comment on the e-mail from his account.

He did not respond to a followup Post e-mail sent on Friday.
Ali Gharib follows me on Twitter and frequently makes nasty comments that I do not usually retweet - it will be interesting to see whether this post draws a reaction. Another prominent CAP contributor is Matt Duss, whom I follow on Twitter.

CAP advises the Democratic Party on Middle East policy and is an important source of ideas for the Obama administration.

Read the whole thing.

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