The Source of Obama’s Anti-Israel Policy

Reprint of Original by Bishop E W Jackson Sr. (United States), Jun 29, 2009 at 11:25

Like Obama, I am a graduate of Harvard Law School. I too have Muslims in my family. I am black, and I was once a leftist Democrat. Since our backgrounds are somewhat similar, I perceive something in Obama’s policy toward Israel which people without that background may not see. All my life I have witnessed a strain of anti-Semitism in the black community. It has been fueled by the rise of the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan, but it predates that organization.

We heard it in Jesse Jackson’s “HYMIE town” remark years ago during his presidential campaign. We heard it most recently in Jeremiah Wright’s remark about “them Jews” not allowing Obama to speak with him. I hear it from my own Muslim family members who see the problem in the Middle East as a “Jew” problem.

Growing up in a small, predominantly black urban community in Pennsylvania, I heard the comments about Jewish shop owners. They were “greedy cheaters” who could not be trusted, according to my family and others in the neighborhood. I was too young to understand what it means to be Jewish, or know that I was hearing anti-Semitism. These people seemed nice enough to me, but others said they were “evil”. Sadly, this bigotry has yet to be eradicated from the black community.

In Chicago, the anti-Jewish sentiment among black people is even more pronounced because of the direct influence of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Most African Americans are not followers of “The Nation”, but many have a quiet respect for its leader because, they say, “he speaks the truth” and “stands up for the black man”. What they mean of course is that he viciously attacks the perceived “enemies” of the black community white people and Jews. Even some self-described Christians buy into his demagoguery.

The question is whether Obama, given his Muslim roots and experience in Farrakhan’s Chicago, shares this antipathy for Israel and Jewish people. Is there any evidence that he does. First, the President was taught for twenty years by a virulent anti-Semite, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. In the black community it is called “sitting under”. You don’t merely attend a church, you “sit under” a Pastor to be taught and mentored by him. Obama “sat under” Wright for a very long time. He was comfortable enough with Farrakhan Wright’s friend to attend and help organize his “Million Man March”. I was on C-Span the morning of the march arguing that we must never legitimize a racist and anti-Semite, no matter what “good” he claims to be doing. Yet a future President was in the crowd giving Farrakhan his enthusiastic support.

The classic left wing view is that Israel is the oppressive occupier, and the Palestinians are Israel’s victims. Obama is clearly sympathetic to this view. In speaking to the “Muslim World,” he did not address the widespread Islamic hatred of Jews. Instead he attacked Israel over the growth of West Bank settlements. Surely he knows that settlements are not the crux of the problem. The absolute refusal of the Palestinians to accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is the insurmountable obstacle. That’s where the pressure needs to be placed, but this President sees it differently. He also made the preposterous comparison of the Holocaust to Palestinian “dislocation”.

Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities. He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective. His construct of “The Muslim World” is unique in modern diplomacy. It is said that only The Muslim Brotherhood and other radical elements of the religion use that concept. It is a call to unify Muslims around the world. It is rather odd to hear an American President use it. In doing so he reveals more about his thinking than he intends. The dramatic policy reversal of joining the unrelentingly ant-Semitic, anti-Israel and pro-Islamic UN Human Rights Council is in keeping with the President’s truest albeit undeclared sensibilities.

Those who are paying attention and thinking about these issues do not find it unreasonable to consider that President Obama is influenced by a strain of anti-Semitism picked up from the black community, his leftist friends and colleagues, his Muslim associations and his long period of mentorship under Jeremiah Wright. If this conclusion is accurate, Israel has some dark days ahead. For the first time in her history, she may find the President of the United States siding with her enemies. Those who believe as I do that Israel must be protected had better be ready for the fight. We are.

E.W. Jackson is Bishop of Exodus Faith Ministries, an author and retired attorney.

15 Responses

  1. So pitiful that at this point in the Black experience in America there are still those of our family who desire acceptance by White people more than they desire truth. Neither Min. Farrakhan or Rev. Wright are racist or anti-Semitic. They just love God, His Truth and His people enough to speak that Truth to Power. Also, the term Semite is not exclusive to the Jewish people. The Arabs are also part of the Semitic family of people. Finally, Min. Farrakhan and Rev. Wright have supporters among the Jewish people.

    • Arabs from arabia are semitic, from Egypt are hemitic etc.. you have no idea what you are saying. Antisemitism may not be the right term to use but it is the term that the dictionary has used to define a type of hate against JEWS and not Arabs and yes those leaders mentioned ARE antisemitic. It’s pitiful that you don’t step back and see what is racist.ll

    • Hitler had a few Jews supporting him.

      • You are the first one besides myself, whom I’ve seen make that comment.
        Naturally, I deem you to be in touch with our history and that is does repeat itself. Fellow Jews have told me that ‘it could never happen here in the US because our country is so diverse, with so many minorities, unlike in pre-WWII Germany.
        What they don’t realize, however, is that Jews will ALWAYS be the scapegoat. The minorities that currently despise one another, even the KKK/African Americans will suddenly unite and agree on this one.
        Anyone who denies that Obama has it in for Jews and Israel, is not merely unaware or uninformed. Rather, they have decided to join Obama in his sentiment. G-d bless.

    • From your words (and maybe even your name), am I wrong to assume that you do not recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State? No need to reply, just please reflect on the source of your sentiment.

  2. I have a very hard time accepting your point of view – of course you are entitled to it. I guess I just see God’s love from a very different angle !

    If these folks you mention are not racists then I am not sure what they are. Their behavior certainly does not help race relations does it? But I will forgive them as God has asked me to> Too bad they and obviously you have not followed his words as closely as you blame all white folks for the sins of those who actually committed them.

    Now to call that speaking truth to power is a lie in of itself as you can not love God and judge another man’s heart – I would call that pitiful- but that – is my opinion and like you – I am entitled to one as well.

    So there we are still! If you can show me where in God’s word or where in MLK’s words this hatred for all whites lies – show me– if not stop speaking lies and calling it speaking truth to power! Stop with the straw man argument and stop with the poor black man crutch- suck it up and start acting like the man God wants you to be.

    Whites didn’t make you what you still are today – you did! Look around the world – 60 years ago other peoples were annhialated- bombed and burned to the ground and wiped out — an they manged to struggle – work hard and rebuild – they had digbnity – instead of crutches and crying foul.

    That’s the difference between dignity and strength verses whinning and weakness. Place the blame where it belongs and stop playing victim this many years after the freedom- look at your brothers and sisters that did not allow the color of their skin to hold them back. They did not play the black victim card – they excelled- those who refused are the pitiful ones– no matter the color. Wise up!

    And who was more hated than the Jews – do you see them living in squalor and dropping babies in the streets and leaving them on the doles? No! – dignity is missing in your Ghettos- don’t blame that on whites- blame it on yourselves- other victims do not act like animals to their own children-N0 they have them – love them — then they raise them!

    Don’t talk to me about pitiful- peoples have been ill treated throughout all time some are not nearly extinct but only your people still think the world owes them a living! I don’t- if you dont work – you don’t eat- Don’t hate me for what I never done to you . Don’t go preaching in your churches to your children against me because I am white you racist pigh and then call me a racist- I don’t even know you – nor do you know me. How dare you! You are the racist- ! Love God ? You dare say these evil speakers just love GOD. God – Jesus never preached hate- read it again you fool!

    • I agree that you see God from a different angle. I’ve experienced that angle for the 62 years that I have been on this earth. Your angle or world view is Euro-centric, period, and makes you to believe that the majority of the people of the earth should bow to that world view. Even though the majority of the people of the planet are non-white.

      Min. Farrakhan has taught his followers, of whom I am one, that only God can judge the heart, and in that context, he described Father Michael Pflegger (a white Catholic priest) as “a beautiful human being”. It is not the heart that we are judging it is the actions of some Caucasian people, particularly those in positions of power; those who have had in their hands the ability to render justice to Black people but have not.

      Finally, your statement that “Whites didn’t make you what you still are today…” belies your racist mindset. You reference Dr. King when it is convenient for you. However I will remind you that when Dr. King began speaking against the Viet Nam war and the inordinate expenditure of resources in propagating that war he was assassinated. The truth is there are some Caucasian people, present company included, who sees any Black person who points out the wrongs committed by Whites as being “out of his/her place”. We are not “whining” we are demonstrating that we have been made “wise”.

      • We women are not whining but the misogynistic tactics used by Barack Obama has made us wise or are we out of place?

      • ….Pflegger is an off-the-rack Utopian who wants the approval of the “black” community (not sure what “black “is–my wife’s mom is one-eighth, my brother-in-law is black)….

        ….can’t we all just get along?

        • My uncle on one side , my nephew on another, my great grandchildren on another – and the last thing I want is for us to have this race thing going on!
          But because i am white and no one knows I have black in my family and because I didn’t and wouldn’t vote for Obama – I am automatically a racist.
          Go figure!
          Or I will just tell you how it is – it is an inconvenient race card used by the balcks conveniently!

  3. I am not going to get into a black/white pissing contest with you . I am not and have never been a racist so to find out that there was racism still going on was a bit of a shock to me and to find out that I was hated by blacks just for being white hurt. You don’t know me and you will never know why that hurt me- and I will not waste my story on you but that hurt.
    Myself and others like me – did not deserve that!
    You and the racists like you are making it so and in doing so drag down all the rest. that is the pitiful shame. My black grandchildren will suffer because of you and your bullshit. Thanks a bunch for settting race relations back for these babies- just what we needed- You are pitiful!

    • It is not I who has set race relations back. Race relations have not improved because the discussion of the underlying causes of racism has been avoided. You say that you are not a racist and I accept your statement. However, I pointed to examples in your comments that, in my opinion, evinced a mindset of white supremacy. What in my comments prompted you to label me a racist?

  4. […] Barack Obama’s past continues to haunt him. A friend  e-mailed me this revealing post by Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., pastor of The Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Bishop […]

  5. Arabs are the most racist people on planet earth. Farrakhan and Obama are Arab wannabes. Sorry guys, Arabs think you are basically FILTH. Read some history on them with a sick bag next to you.
    BTW the Arabs have stopped applauding the Lying Fraud Obama. The mood over there is one of utter disappointment and they are all tired of his addiction to talk talk talk (with the teleprompter, of course)

    The Europeans mock and laugh at him. The Chinese think he is nuts. And Russians shake their head at the willing serfdom of America when they elected the Marxist Islamofascist Obama.

    Blacks in America who voted overwhelmingly through fraud of course should ask why their Marxist Obama, an empty suit surrounds himself with Whites? Examine the policies of Obama. He has played the blacks out and out.

    70% Americans , right, left, center, are now convinced that Obama should not occupy the White House any longer. The genesis of the real impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama is now being sown.

    These are Interesting times

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