NJDC asked to call out Obama Administration’s glaring omission of Israel from list of terrorism victims
To: David A. Harris, National Jewish Democratic Council
Dear Mr. Harris,
The National Jewish Democratic Council has espoused Barack Obama’s purported commitment to the security of Israel (e.g. “Israel Protecting Ashdod with Obama Administration-Funded Iron Dome Battery”). The Zionist Organization of America expressed outrage today, however, that Mr. Obama omitted Israel from a list of nations that are being victimized by terroristic violence.
ZOA cites in turn “White House Issues Guides on Sept. 11 Observances” which quotes the Obama administration as follows:
- “As we commemorate the citizens of over 90 countries who perished in the 9/11 attacks, we honor all victims of terrorism, in every nation around the world,” the overseas guidelines state. “We honor and celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London.”
Note that, despite the most recent litany of mindless terroristic violence against Israel including rockets that had to be intercepted by the Iron Dome system that NJDC mentioned, Israel is not on the list. ZOA added further in its press release that this is not the first time that Mr. Obama has omitted Israel from a list of terror victims.
- This is not the first time that President Barack Obama has omitted mention of Israel as a target of terrorist groups: “When running for President, then-Senator Obama said in his Berlin speech, “we can join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York” (‘Obama Speech Transcript: Remarks of Senator Barack Obama (as prepared for delivery) “A World that Stands as One,” Berlin, Germany, July 24, 2008).”
From where we sit, these glaring omissions suggest that Mr. Obama is unwilling to recognize openly or officially that the Palestinians engage in terroristic violence such as the brutal murder of the Fogel family, the ongoing bombardment of Israel with rocket and mortar artillery (with each shot being an act of war under international law), and even attempts to blow up Israeli hospitals with suicide bombs.
To the ZOA’s observations we add our own that Mr. Obama has in fact pressured Israel to reward the Palestinians’ terroristic violence with territorial concessions and has furthermore equated Israeli victims of deliberate terror attacks to Palestinian civilians whom Israel kills unintentionally, and usually because Palestinian terrorists have used them as shields. This is straight from Mr. Obama’s own White House Web site and not from the Tea Party, Republican Jewish Committee, and so on.
- Suspicion and hostility has been passed on for generations, and at times it has hardened. But I’m convinced that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians would rather look to the future than be trapped in the past. We see that spirit in the Israeli father whose son was killed by Hamas, who helped start an organization that brought together Israelis and Palestinians who had lost loved ones. That father said, “I gradually realized that the only hope for progress was to recognize the face of the conflict.” We see it in the actions of a Palestinian who lost three daughters to Israeli shells in Gaza. “I have the right to feel angry,” he said. “So many people were expecting me to hate. My answer to them is I shall not hate. Let us hope,” he said, “for tomorrow.”
This statement is intellectually dishonest because Mr. Obama knows full well that Israel aimed the shells not at the Palestinian’s daughters but at Palestinian terrorists, while Hamas deliberately murdered the Israeli’s son. He might as well equate the people who were murdered in the Holocaust to German civilians who were hit by Allied bombs that were aimed at factories and other war-related assets. (We recognize that the Allies also aimed bombs at German civilians, e.g. at Dresden. Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris pointed out quite rightly however that the Nazis had set the precedent by acting under the assumption that they were going to bomb everybody else and nobody was going to bomb them. This is not however the point here because Israel aims only at combatants and their equipment such as rocket launchers, mortars, bomb factories, and the like, and is not even retaliating against civilian targets as the Allies did.)
If the National Jewish Democratic Council wishes to stand behind its promotion of Mr. Obama as a supporter of Israel (or even as somebody who opposes terrorism in general with more than lip service), it needs to get him to clarify his position on whether Israel is a victim of terrorism.