Why Obama is Opposed to Israel

A black American clergyman points to the source of Obama’s anti-Israelism
Black PE. W. Jackson Sr

Like Barack Hussein Obama II, 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 anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and pro-Islamic UN Human Rights Council is in keeping with the President’s truest – albeit undeclared red – 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 mentor-ship 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

June 11, 2014 | 2 Comments »

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  1. Barack Hussein Obama

    Compelling, straightforward and simple argument only obfuscated by the presence of Jewish and Israeli supporters.

  2. I like this guy. I was in the States during the 2008 campaign- in New York City to be precise and everything Jackson is saying in this article many of us saw coming even if we didn’t speculate on his domestic policies. But when it came to Israel and the Jewish people how could anybody- ESPECIALLY A JEW- not realize even back then that a man- black, white, green or whatever- who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s “church” for TWO decades not realize where he would be coming from vis-à-vis Israel and the Jewish people. For any Jew, no matter how long a member of the Democratic party, vote for THIS democrat for President among all things is almost unforgivable. And then they voted for him again??? I understand the deep-seated neurosis of the attachment to the Democratic party but maybe if they don’t really care about the Jewish people because they’re “safe” in America (for now) maybe if there own children’s lives were being endangered I wonder whether they would change their vote. Do any of these liberal Jewish voters plan on being buried in a Jewish cemetery. Jackson’s article is particularly pleasing because you can rest assured that had any non-black writer authored an article like this, besides being blasted as racist no one would listen to the coherence of his reasoning. As as afterthought, I would love to see how someone like Alan Dershowitz, an erudite lawyer himself with so-called Pro-Israel bonafides would respond to an article like this. How could he reasonable justify saying that Obama is a friend of Israel. How can someone so bright allow himself to be so blind. And that’s that sickness in the American Jewish community. Because, if Dershowitz, an accomplished and obviously very articulate person himself, can side with Obama and say he is a friend of Israel why should we expect the average Joe Shmo American Jew do think otherwise. Unless, of course, Jackson is a racist just like Kahane was when Dershowitz debated him. The one thing Dershowitz didn’t realize or wouldn’t admit is that Kahane didn’t hate Arab. It’s just that he loved Jews. And when someone calls Kahane or anybody else a racist because they dare to mention the anti-Semitism being spewed or being subtly practiced coming from a black man or an Arab is still anti-Semitism, plain and simple. It’s very refreshing to read an article like this because what can people say- since he’s criticizing Obama he. too, MUST be racist. .