Jewish Activists Criticize Obama For Playing The ‘Race Card’ On Israel Television

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President says Israelis mistrust him because his middle name is Hussein. But Israel signed a peace treaty with King Hussein in 1994.

President Obama's claim that Israelis oppose his pro-Palestinian policies "because my middle name is Hussein" is "a ridiculous assertion, since Israel signed a peace treaty with a Hussein – Jordan’s King Hussein in 1994.

“It is also an outrageous playing of the race card – against America’s most faithful ally in the region," said Benyamin Korn, director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin.

In an interview with Israel Television's Channel 2 News on July 8, Mr. Obama was asked why many Israelis are critical of his Mideast policies. He responded that, "Some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."

Korn, a veteran Jewish newspaper editor, and now editor of, said in response: "Israel has signed peace treaties with Arab leaders by the names of Hussein and Anwar. Mr. Obama’s name has nothing to do with his abysmally low popularity in Israel.

“Israelis don't like being constantly pressured to make one-sided concessions to the Palestinians, and it doesn't matter whether the person pressuring them is named Hussein or Moses."

"It's outrageous to dismiss Israel's legitimate concerns as being motivated by anti-Arab prejudice," Korn said. "Playing the race card, and playing it against America's most faithful ally, should be beneath the President of the United States."

"There are plenty of good reasons for the Israeli public's concern, and none of them have to do with President Obama's middle name," Korn added.

"Israelis do not like being told that Jews cannot build houses in the city that has been the capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years.

"Israelis do not like being told to keep making more and more concessions to the Palestinian Authority, while the Palestinians are never pressed to make concessions to Israel.

“Israelis do not like the way Mr. Obama treated their prime minister on his previous two visits, showing him the back door of the White House and refusing to be photographed with him.

"Israelis do not like the fact that the White House is silent when the president of the Palestinian Authority yesterday heaped praise on the mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre – an attack whose victims included an American citizen.

"And Israelis certainly will not appreciate being accused of racism – especially when Mr. Obama is silent about the anti-black and anti-Jewish racism rampant in the Arab world, including the Arab genocide, labeled as such by Secretary of State Colin Powell, against non-Arabs in Darfur."

"The great irony is that Israel is the living embodiment of the 'post-racial society' to which Mr. Obama wants America to aspire," Korn noted. "The majority of Israelis have their family origins in Middle Eastern and African countries. Light-skinned Jews from Russia live in harmony with dark-skinned Jews from Morocco, Ethiopia and Yemen. Arab citizens of Israel have served as cabinet ministers, ambassadors, and supreme court justices. Racial prejudice was never part of Israeli law or public policy, as it was in the United States until the 1960s."



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