Wait Till You See What Obama’s Islam-Celebrating WH Guests Said About Israel And Netanyahu

It’s a familiar saying: “You are judged by the company you keep.” For those who believe in the truth of that axiom, President Obama might well have opened himself up to more than a little harsh judgment, given the Muslim Americans he invited to sit with him at the president’s table during this week’s special dinner in celebration of Ramadan.

Iftar is one of the religious events of Ramadan, an annual observance by Muslims worldwide to commemorate what they believe was Allah’s revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. At the seventh Iftar dinner President Obama has hosted at the White House, he invited a number of special guests to eat with him at the head table. Among those guests, reports Breitbart News, were “two radical anti-Israel activists” who have “publicly stated they consider Israel and its leadership to be sponsors of terroristic acts.”

During his remarks at the Iftar event in the East Room of the White House, Obama told the gathering: “We are all one family.” The Breitbart post points out that a couple of members of that “family” who were seated in positions of honor have made or endorsed provocative and inflammatory statements about Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Riham Osman, seated at the “President’s Table” [Monday] night, is the communications coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood that has challenged the U.S. designation of Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist groups.

Oslam herself has engaged in toxic rhetoric when it comes to the state of Israel.

In March, she described Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as sponsors of terrorism.

In an earlier social media post attributed to her, Osman referred to Netanyahu as “the devil.”

Image Credit: Breitbart News

Image Credit: Breitbart News

Another of the dinner attendees invited to sit with Obama at the Islam-focused event, according to the White House invitation, was Batoul Abuharb. She has revealed herself to be a “fierce opponent of Israel,” according to the Breitbart article.

In an article she wrote, Abuharb “lays blame on the [Israeli] ‘occupation’ for the problems in Gaza, not once [mentioning] the existence of Hamas, the militant jihadist group that rules the strip.”

Also in his remarks to the Muslim audience, according to coverage in The Washington Post, the president said the Iftar dinner is a “‘reminder of the freedoms that bind us together as Americans, including the freedom of religion — that inviolable right to practice our faiths freely.’”

Given the reported feelings and fanatical anti-Israel comments of two of his dinner guests, one would suppose that the president gave a pass to that pair of celebrants when it came to their sentiments about those who practice the Jewish faith in their Middle East homeland and try to preserve its sovereignty.

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Wave Of Terror Hits Israel After It Gives In To Obama’s Demand For Trust-Building Measures With Palestinians

As is typical during the Muslim fast, Ramadan, Israel is witnessing a surge in Palestinian terror attacks.

Last Friday, a Palestinian terrorist gunned down two Israeli men near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in Samaria (Northern West Bank).

Danny Gonen, 25, an electrical engineering student from Lod and the eldest of five siblings, was shot several times at point blank range and was killed. His friend, Netanel Hadad, was moderately injured. The lone gunman flagged down their car, asking for assistance as they drove slowly on a gravel path from the Ein Buvin spring where they had been swimming. When they got out of the car to help him, the Palestinian pulled out a gun and murdered Gonen in cold blood before wounding his friend.

Gonen was buried on Sunday. A thousand people attended his funeral, among them his wounded friend.

On Sunday, a Palestinian terrorist critically wounded an officer of the Israeli Border Police at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The terrorist stabbed the officer in his neck and chest after approaching him from behind. The officer who managed to pull out his gun and kill his attacker was taken to the Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and is reportedly on life support. Later, a video was released showing the dying Palestinian terrorist from a town in the Hebron area.

Arutz Sheva reported:

The man is lying on the sidewalk, gravely injured, and is approached by a Muslim woman who was videotaping the event, and another Arabic-speaking man, who kneels at his side and gently touches him. The man asks the terrorist where he is from, and he answers “Sa’ir,” – a town near Hevron.

The woman then offers a prayer for Allah to accept the man’s “martyrdom,” and repeatedly says “praise be to Allah.” At one point she pans the camera over to the dying terrorist’s hand, to show him pointing his finger – a gesture (originally taken from Judaism) co-opted by Islamists to express their belief in monotheism, and commonly used by jihadists planning to be “martyred.”

The Damascus Gate where the stabbing occurred is where thousands of Palestinian Muslims enter the Old City during Ramadan to pray in the El Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount.

Later on Sunday, scores of Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli security forces near Damascus Gate and at buses in the Jerusalem area.

The new wave of Palestinian terror against Jews began after Israel took a series of steps designed to change the atmosphere in its relations with the Palestinian Authority. This was done after US President Barack Obama — in an interview with Al-Arabiya in May — had called upon the Israeli government to rebuild trust with the Palestinians. At the same time, the President didn’t demand similar trust-building gestures from the Palestinian Authority

Among the measures Israel took to make life easier for the Palestinians was the doubling of the water supplies to Gaza, the easing of the ban on the sale of produce from Gaza to Israel, and several measures that make travelling from the West Bank to Israel and Jerusalem easier for Palestinians.

For example, Israel now allows the use of shuttle buses from cities in the West Bank to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem without special permits. Israel also allows armed Palestinian policemen to operate in communities around Jerusalem and lets Palestinian doctors who work in Israeli hospitals drive their own vehicles with Palestinian license plates into the country for the first time since the start of the Second Intifada.

As has happened every time Israel has lifted restrictions on Palestinian travel within the so called ‘Green Line’ (1948 Armistice lines), the measures were answered by more terror.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed the surge in terror attacks during his opening remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting:

I would like to send condolences to the family of the late Danny Gonen, who was murdered by a reprehensible killer. I would also like to send my wishes for a quick recovery to Natanel Hadad.

The security forces are now taking vigorous action to apprehend the murderer, of course to bring him to trial and punish him to the fullest extent of the law. The relative quiet in Judea and Samaria must not mislead anyone. There are attempted terrorist attacks all the time; unfortunately, some of them succeed. The reason that most do not succeed is because of very accelerated action by the IDF and ISA and other elements on behalf of the State of Israel.

Netanyahu then criticized the international community for ignoring Israel’s security needs in the current proposals for a solution to the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

The need to thwart these (terror) attacks is constant but in the international proposals being made to us, which – in effect – they are trying to force on us, there is no reference to the security needs of the State of Israel and our other national interests. They are simply trying to push us into accepting indefensible borders while completely ignoring what will be on the other side of the border. Of course, this will lead to the results that we see and that we experience from the Gaza Strip and from Lebanon. We will not allow this to happen.

The way to reach agreements is only through bilateral negotiations, and we strongly reject attempts to force international diktat on us in regard to both security and peace. Peace will be achieved only through direct negotiations between the parties that will take into account our national interests, especially security.

Netanyahu made his comments hours before meeting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. France is preparing a UN Security Council resolution that would force a timetable for a withdrawal from the West Bank on Israel.

UPDATE: After the wave of terror attacks by Palestinians on Sunday, Israel annulled some of the trust-building measures.

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‘Obama Coffee’ Race Joke Sparks Uproar, Has Some Calling For U.S. To End Funding To Israel

In the aftermath of a social media firestorm, one prominent Israeli spent Sunday attempting to backtrack and apologize for what some are calling a racist joke at Barack Obama’s expense.

Judy Mozes is married to Silvan Shalom, the Likud Party official selected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as the nation’s peace negotiator. She published the controversial – and now-deleted – Twitter post Sunday, later explaining she was just sharing a joke someone recently told her.

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The online fallout was almost immediate, with critics sharing screenshots of the post and biting disdain over the author’s supposed display of racism.

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Some went as far as to suggest this comment is evidence that the U.S. should divest from Israel.

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Over several subsequent posts composed in English, Mozes addressed the controversy – beginning with a straightforward approach.

“I apologize,” she wrote, “that was a stupid joke somebody told me.”

She followed that up with an apology directed at Obama.

“President Obama,” Mozes wrote, “I shouldnt [sic] have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion.”

Finally, she apologized to anyone offended by her post and ended with her hope that she “will stay married” upon her husband learning what she did. To be fair, Mozes did receive some support, ranging from those who felt she should not have been attacked for sharing a joke to others who think the premise of said joke is valid.

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Those supporters in turn opened themselves up to the attacks of Mozes’ critics.

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Did Mozes cross the line when she posted this joke on Twitter? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Read What This Former Israeli Ambassador Wrote About Obama’s Outreach To Muslim World

Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren published a new op-ed on Friday in which he again criticized President Obama’s Middle East policies. In the article, Oren speculated that Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world may stem from the fact that he was abandoned by the two Muslim father figures in his life and therefore seeks acceptance by Muslims.

In addition to its academic and international affairs origins, Obama’s attitudes toward Islam clearly stem from his personal interactions with Muslims. These were described in depth in his candid memoir, Dreams from My Father, published 13 years before his election as president. Obama wrote passionately of the Kenyan villages where, after many years of dislocation, he felt most at home and of his childhood experiences in Indonesia. I could imagine how a child raised by a Christian mother might see himself as a natural bridge between her two Muslim husbands. I could also speculate how that child’s abandonment by those men could lead him, many years later, to seek acceptance by their co-religionists.

It was Oren’s third op-ed critical of Obama’s policies towards Israel and the Middle East, published in major US media sources in one week. In the opinion articles, Oren echoed charges in Ally, his new book about US-Israel relations in the Obama era. One of these charges is that “aspects of US-Israel ties are in tatters because of Obama.”

The Obama administration has vehemently denied the charges in Oren’s articles, calling them “absolutely false.” The White House reportedly submitted a request to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu asking him to distance himself from Oren’s charges; but he refused, according to Israeli media.

Oren wrote in his Foreign Policy article that understanding Obama was crucial to his role as ambassador and that he taught himself an “Obama 101″ course, meaning he “devoted months to studying the new president, pouring over his speeches, interviews, press releases, and memoirs, and meeting with many of his friends and supporters.”

Oren said that during his term as Israel’s envoy to the United States, he was hardly surprised by Obama’s approach on Muslim and Middle East Affairs. He claimed that this approach led to Obama’s “boycott” of a mass demonstration in Paris attended by a large number of world leaders after Islamist terrorists staged the devastating attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a kosher supermarket in which four Jewish men were killed.

“The president could not participate in a protest against Muslim radicals whose motivations he sees as a distortion, rather than a radical interpretation, of Islam,” Oren wrote.

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Jews Blamed For Arson Attack On Christian Church On Sea Of Galilee, But Not Everyone Is Buying It

Early Thursday morning, part of the famous Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee in Israel went up in flames. The church is located on the site where Jesus is believed to have performed a miracle by feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.

The arson attack sent shock waves through the Christian world and led to widespread condemnation by Israeli officials, Western politicians, and religious leaders.

Israeli police immediately suspected arson due to the fact that the fire started simultaneously in different areas and because graffiti in Hebrew was found on a wall outside the church stating, “Idol worshippers will be eliminated”.

Israeli media started to speculate the arson attack was the work of Jews staging a so-called “price tag attack.” Such attacks sometimes occur in the West Bank when Jews living in the Israeli settlements take revenge for terror attacks by Arabs or for the demolition of homes in illegal outposts by Israeli security forces.

A couple of hours after the arson attack on the church, police arrested a group of 16 yeshiva students who were visiting the area “a few miles away,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

The yeshiva students, however, were praying on the site of the prophet Habakkuk’s tomb, which is more than a few miles away. Habakkuk’s tomb lies on the road to the Golani Junction 10 miles east of Tiberias, 20 miles away from Tabgha. The students were released without charges.

The graffiti on the wall suggests something other than an attack by Jews, despite the fact that the text was written in Hebrew. Christians all over the Middle East are persecuted and slaughtered by Muslims because they are seen as “idol worshippers.” Furthermore, the attack took place on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, when traditionally there is a spike in terror attacks against non-Muslim targets in the Middle East.

But there’s more. Tabgha is less than 10 miles away from the Arab village of Tuba-Zangariyye. In October 2011, unknown assailants staged an arson attack on a mosque in Tuba-Zangariyye. Then, just as now, police and media immediately suspected Jews were behind the attack after graffiti in Hebrew stating that the arson was a price tag attack was found on a wall of the mosque.

An Israeli blogger later discovered that the graffiti was written on the wall with charcoal after the fire had blackened the wall.

A couple of months after the attack on the mosque, shots were fired on the home of Tuba-Zangariyye resident Bassem Souad. The shooting at Souad’s home occurred after he told TV Channel 2 in Israel the arson on the mosque in Tuba was the result of a quarrel between residents of the village, and not an attack by nationalistic Jewish elements, Haaretz reported at the time.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has ordered a swift investigation into what he described as an “outrageous arson attack.” “Freedom of worship in Israel is one of our core values and is guaranteed in the law. We will bring to justice those responsible for this crime. Hate and intolerance have no place in our society,” Netanyahu said.

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