Civil Rights Group Blasts Obama for Anti-Semitic Comments During Closed-Door Democratic Meeting

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Barack Obama leers at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a White House visit.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) today blasted Barack Obama for echoing an anti-Semitic slur during a heated exchange at a closed-door meeting with fellow Democrats.

Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) deplored President Obama’s echoing of a classic anti-Semitic slur while attempting to cast aspersions on the courageous actions of his fellow Democrat, Senator Robert Menendez. EMET also called on President Obama to immediately apologize to his fellow Democrat.

The incident occurred in a closed door Democratic meeting in Baltimore, which was reported in the New York Times

President Obama and Senator Robert Menendez traded sharp words on Thursday over whether Congress should vote to impose new sanctions on Iran while the administration is negotiating with Tehran about its nuclear program, according to two people who witnessed the exchange. In the course of the argument, which was described as tense but generally respectful, Mr. Obama vowed to veto legislation being drafted by Mr. Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Senator Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, that would trigger sanctions after multiparty talks are set to end this summer According to one of the senators and another person who was present, the president urged lawmakers to stop pursuing sanctions, saying such a move would undermine his authority and could derail the talks The president said he understood the pressures that senators face from donors and others, but he urged the lawmakers to take the long view rather than make a move for short-term political gain, according to the senator. Mr. Menendez, who was seated at a table in front of the podium, stood up and said he took “personal offense.” Mr. Menendez told the president that he had worked for more than 20 years to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and had always been focused on the long-term implications. Mr. Menendez also warned the president that sanctions could not be imposed quickly if Congress waited to act and the talks failed, according to two people who were present.

It is a well-known fact that anti-Semites frequently claim that American Jews control U.S. politicians through the use of money, such as campaign donations. This is part of the classic anti-Semitic canard that Jews control the world through their money. For the President of the United States to echo this claim is, thus, not only a personal insult to his fellow Democrat, Senator Menendez, but also a shockingly incendiary and irresponsible statement in general. President Obama must know that anti-Semites both within and without the United States will repeat this charge ad nauseam, and use it as “evidence” for their conspiratorial delusions that American Jews control U.S. foreign policy.

Ironically, this statement from President Obama came just three days after the Iranians announced the building of two new nuclear power plants in the Bushehr region of Iran, indicating that the nuclear talks with Iran have done very little, if nothing, to freeze the nuclear enrichment program of Iran.

Obama has consistently had problems with Jewish voters during his time as president.

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