Barack Obama met with Muslim leaders today in the White House before his trip to Israel and the Middle East. The president invited George Salem, Washington representative of the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine, to the Roosevelt Room to discuss the situation in the Middle East and how to “create an atmosphere of hope.”
“At the end of the meeting (the president) went back to a few of us and mentioned our comments, and he said ‘George, we will try to engage in the economic developments that are occurring,’ ” Salem said.
However, any optimism expressed by those present at the meeting was couched in an acknowledgement of the enormity of the problem.
“I took the first Arab-American delegation to meet with President Reagan, and I’ve met with every president since on this issue. So my optimism is tempered by experience,” Salem said. He then added that in his estimation “this president is one of the most personally committed we’ve seen to finding peace.”
George Salem has quite a resume.
Discover the Networks reported:
George Salem is the co-founder and chairman of the Arab American Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that pushes an Islamist agenda by abusing its political clout. Salem and his law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, represented the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a financing arm of Hamas, in a civil lawsuit brought against HLF by Stanley and Joyce Boim, whose son David was murdered by Hamas terrorists in 1996. Salem has donated money to U.S. Congressman Jim Moran (D – Virginia), who in 2003 made anti-Semitic statements charging that American Jews had dragged the United States into war.
Salem is also a Board member of the American Task Force on Palestine.
So it only makes sense that Obama would invite him to the White House.