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Sundown: Obama Campaign Gets Outside Help

Plus Casspi plans triumphant return, Peres turns 88, and more

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Omri Casspi in Israel last summer.(Yehuda Raizner/AFP/Getty Images)

• In a sign of how seriously the Obama administration takes (and worries about) its standing with the Jewish community, it hired Ira Forman, former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, as the re-election campaign’s Jewish outreach director. [Washington Jewish Week]

• An Israeli airstrike in Gaza in response to a rocket killed one. [NYT]

• Omri Casspi will join Jordan Farmar and Jon Scheyer on his old team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, due to the impending NBA lockout. [JTA]

• You want free Jewish books? Of course you do! On September 15, you can get ‘em. [Jewish Book Council]

• Regarding circumcisions: don’t try this at home (someone did). [AP/Boston Globe]

• Happy 88th birthday, President Peres! [JTA/Jewish Journal]

John Lennon sings “Hava Nagila” and more in a 1969 Israeli radio interview. Must-listen.

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Carol says:

What about Senator Leigh’s bill to stop US support of Israel.

Any thoughts on that?

If you want to see what Orthodox Jews think of this action by Obama, look here:

Barry says:

The man spent 20 years in the pews of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. His best friend was the terrorist Bill Ayers. George Soros, the Nazi, supports the guy.

I don’t think there’s any “spin” that can undo the obvious and deep hatred that Obama has shown toward the American Jewish community (not to mention his hatred of Israeli non-Muslims).

john miller says:

What kills me are the amounts of rich Jewish Democrats that still defend Obama and his disastrous policies. I could see them sooner hugging and kissing Yassir Arafat, just like President Jimmy Carter did, than embracing a Black, Jew-hating Muslim American, whose ultimate goal is to withdraw American support from Israel. And by the way, he is President and can make that happen.

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

And speaking of the Obamanoids’ Jewish panic, as part of the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on whether or not the Congress can compel the folks at Foggy Bottom (so aptly named) to use the phrase “Jerusalem, Israel” US citizens fortunate enough to have been born in Jerusalem, the Administration has now adopted the most Orwellian of tactics.

First the Obamanoids “scrubbed” the caption of the photo of Biden meeting Bibi on the White House web site so that the meeting took place in “Jerusalem” as opposed to “Jerusalem, Israel”. When that elicited all kinds of protests and criticism, the Obamanoids claimed that the Bushies also ignored the fact that Jerusalem is a city in Israel.

But alas the Bushies did not proactively cooperate with the Obamanoids and exclusively use the term “Jerusalem” absent Israel. Sometimes they used Jerusalem alone but sometimes referred to “Jerusalem, Israel” just like they sometimes referred to Tel Aviv alone and sometimes referred to “Tel Aviv, Israel”.

This lack of consideration by W of his O-ness could not go uncorrected and so the Obamanoids decided to demonstrate to the Bushwhackers how to whack at Jerusalem, by “correcting” Bush-era documents & photo captions so that any mention of “Jerusalem” is henceforth absent the country in which the city is located, a.k.a., Israel.

Read all about it (includes a bevy of useful and exemplary links) here:

Will “Tablet” have the intellectual honesty to report this one up front where it belongs (as opposed to buried in a blog comment)? I doubt it but would be happy to be proven wrong.

Orwell must be turning over in his grave.


Jerusalem / Efrata

George One says:

Wake up, Americans. The current Administration is an ideological enemy of Israel – the ONLY Western style democracy in the Middle East and the only real ally of the USA. Do not vote for Obama in the next elections.

Dan Klein says:

HG: Stephanie covered it last week.


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