Barack Obama: Divest from Israel?
Posted by Oyster on March 3, 2008
I was shocked when an anonymous Oy Bay fan dropped this bomb on my head. While I usually shy away from non-Jewish politics on Oy Bay, this story seemed to strike a personal nerve with me. I fought tooth & nail when I was a student activist to stop the Divestment campaign that started at UC Berkeley. So, when I followed the link to Stop Obama, a political blog focused on criticizing Barack Obama, I was shocked to read how his spiritual leader is vehemently anti-Israel, Ralph Nader backed up his anti-Israel credentials, he back-pedaled on his ‘supremacy of Palestinian suffering’ statement in Iowa, and he never objected when his spiritual leader declared that their church was going to actively push for divestment from Israel (despite his spin that he’s a great friend of Israel).
This is really nuts. I hope this isn’t true, but I think that there’s enough material there to warrant that the Jewish community should really scrutinize Barack Obama’s previous stance on Israel, and force him to clarify his previous statements and actions. He shouldn’t get a free pass for any reason whatsoever.