Sunday, October 02, 2011

Flashback- Obama Told Anti-Israel Propagandist in 2004: "Keep Up the Good Work"

The Electronic Intifada is a website described by many as one of the worst websites on the Internet.  According to Ken Roth of the Jerusalem Post, it pushes "anti-Israel propaganda in pro-Palestinian platforms."  Even websites devoted to covering Palestine decry it as being "dominated by hypocrisy and selfish politics."

And yet it is to a writer of this website that then-State Senator Barack Obama gave words of encouragement to. According to pro-Palestinian blogger Ali Abunimah, in 2004 Mr. Obama personally discussed his campaign for the U.S. Senate with him.

Taking Mr. Abunimah to the side, Mr. Obama said, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” Referring to Mr. Abunimah's criticism of the United States and Israel, Mr. Obama told him to, “Keep up the good work!”

The piece that Mr. Abunimah was actually critical of then-US Senator Obama.  His point was that the future President was pro-Palestinian in the early 2000s, but slowly he stopped criticizing the "war crimes" of Israel and talked less and less of the goodness of Palestine.  Mr. Abunimah was decidedly disappointed.
Picture Included in The Electronic Intifada Article
However, according to most, President Obama has been one of the least-supportive President of Israel in recent memory.  From his demand that Israel recede to 1967 boarders, to his insistence that Israel stop building settlements in Jerusalem, Mr. Obama has certainly changed the American-Israeli narrative that existed during the Bush Presidency.

And yet, The Electronic Intifada remains unimpressed. One article declared, "Throw a shoe at Obama’s betrayal!"  The basis of the article was that the President did not want Israel to return to 1967 boarders... even though he explicitly said that he did.

But then again, what do you expect from a website described as propaganda?

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