Barack Obama has faced mounting controversy throughout his presidency regarding allegations that he – or at least some of his close relatives – is sympathetic to the mission of radical Islam. A recent report involving his brother, Malik, appears to add credibility to such criticism.
In a widely publicized photo of Malik, he is shown wearing a traditional Muslim scarf, known as a keffiyeh, with blatant anti-Israeli rhetoric and imagery embroidered into it.
A translation of the message reads, “Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING!”
Also pictured on his scarf is a map of the fictitious nation of Palestine, along with the threatening message, “From the River to the Sea!” Reports indicate this slogan is meant to indicate that Israel, not Palestine, is an illegitimate nation.
While Malik is technically Obama’s half-brother, he spoke candidly last year about his close relationship with the American president.
“Here in Africa,” he explained during an interview with GQ magazine, “we don’t think of each other as ‘half’ this or that. In an extended family, someone is your brother even if he is just in your clan. So I … am Obama.”
Obviously, the feeling is mutual. After all, Obama chose Malik to serve as best man during his wedding.
Malik has been in the news previously, primarily regarding the controversy surrounding his establishment of the Barack H. Obama Foundation. Reports indicate Obama’s IRS violated the law by backdating the group’s tax exempt status by more than three years.
Furthermore, the agency director allegedly responsible for that crime was none other than Lois Lerner, who retired amid the growing controversy that she promoted the improper targeting of conservative groups.
With the current controversy, a spotlight is once again placed on Malik – this time for his apparent support of Israel’s destruction. He is reportedly fluent in Arabic, leaving little question about his ability to understand the message his garment bore.
Obama has repeatedly been caught in lies concerning his family, including the nature of his relationship with both his uncle and another half-brother. His association with Malik, however, seems to have the potential to cause him the most lasting reputational damage.
Given his continual and willful disregard of the will of the people, however, it is obvious Obama cares little about his reputation at this point.
–B. Christopher Agee
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