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.”
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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