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Racism Pitched as Reason: Israelis Don’t Like Obama

Posted on March 10 2010 10:30 am
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Monday on “Hardball,” Ethan Bronner of the New York Times suggested that President Barack Obama’s flagging popularity in Israel may stem from racism. Here is a partial transcript from Newsbusters:

BRONNER: I would say that there is some level of prejudice about the fact that he had some Islamic background through his stepfather.  But I think it has more to do with the fact that when he came into office a year ago he wanted to recalibrate the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. And the easiest and clearest way of doing that was to put some distance between the United States and Israel. And he did that, and that made people nervous.  I think there’s also some sense here, some degree of racism to be perfectly honest.

MATTHEWS: Yeah, because they see him as a black man.

I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, anyone who disagrees with Obama is racist. I mean, that goes without saying. And in light of recent Jewish history — genocide, pogroms, dhimmitude, military aggression, terrorism — there is an underlying bigoted narrative. I had just always thought of Jewish people as the targets of bigotry, not the other way around.

Of course, Obama’s lack of popularity among Israelis could stem from that other thing Bronner mentioned, Obama’s moves to “put some distance between the United States and Israel” in order to “recalibrate” our relationship with true racists who want to drive Israel into the Mediterranean Sea.

Nah, I’m sure that’s not it.  They probably just don’t like Obama because he’s black. Marx knows that makes much more sense.

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