Surprise!… Obama's Supported Israel Bashers- Attended Palestinian Fundraisers

This is starting to make more sense all the time…

Barack and Michelle Obama and Professor Edward Said at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Edward Said gave the keynote speech. (Bill Baar’s West Side)

Little Green Footballs tonight links to a an article by Ali Abunimah on how Obama came to love Israel after his years of supporting the Palestinian cause:

Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, “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.” He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, “Keep up the good work!”

Debbie Schlussel wrote more about Barack and Michelle and their contacts with prominent Arafat advisor Edward Said in an earlier post:

Palestinian activist and Islamist Ali Abunimah, who was a close friend of Obama’s, attended an Arab fundraiser at which the late Edward Said–plagiarist, fabricator, and prominent PLO/Arafat advisor–was the keynote speaker, and at which the Obamas were notably in attendance. Pictures on Abunimah’s site, posted above, show Obama and wife, Michelle, sitting next to Said and engaging in conversation. Abunimah, in a must-read article, says the Senator has since “changed” his proclaimed views from those he expressed privately, in order to get Jewish donors and votes.

Debbie has more on Obama’s Nation of Islam staffers.

** I confess that I saw these photos and read some on this story a while back but did not post on it. But, now it makes more sense considering what we’ve discovered about Barack Obama, his pastor and his church.

Related… Bruce Thornton at VDH’s Private Papers reviews Barack Obama’s speech on race.
It is an excellent review.

Dan Riehl found more reason Obama is unfit for president.

UPDATE: (Sunday) Israeli Haaretz News is now carrying this story on Obama.

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