The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
We suspect that many share our dismay that Al Sharpton’s unsavory past as a racial arsonist – recall his key role in the infamous Tawana Brawley hoax; his incitement during the Crown Heights riots (“If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”); and his incitement against “white interlopers” just prior to the Freddie’s Fashion Mart massacre, to cite just a few examples – apparently is of no concern to President Obama, Attorney General Holder, or New York City Mayor de Blasio.
All came to pay homage to Rev. Sharpton in major addresses to his National Action Network’s convention in New York City last week.
It also seemed not to matter to them that Rev. Sharpton and the National Action Network have had serious tax problems involving large amounts owed to both the IRS and New York State. And it is not clear that all those problems have been resolved.
Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent. He then reportedly “flipped” and agreed to wear a wire to tape his conversations with Mafia figures.
To be sure, Rev. Sharpton denies the drug stories, but why would the president of the United States, his attorney general, and the mayor of New York rush to honor him in the face of such serious claims?
President Obama said nothing about any of this but heaped praise on Rev. Sharpton for his contributions to the civil rights movement and, in a move to underscore the reverend’s civil rights credentials, used his address to launch an attack on the GOP for allegedly threatening the right to vote:
The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago. Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote….
America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren.
The president went on to explain that he was talking about Republican plans to limit hours for voting and end same-day registration and various voter identification measures he said would discriminate against poor voters.
Earlier, the attorney general of the United States was just as mute on the aforementioned incitement, tax, or drug issues, telling Rev. Sharpton in front of his audience: “I have been proud to stand alongside you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice.”
Mayor de Blasio, who like President Obama and Attorney General Holder ignored the myriad controversies surrounding the man of the hour, outdid all in effusiveness: “I just want everyone to know, I am proud to stand with Rev. Sharpton…. To borrow a phrase from our youth, Reverend, he’s the real thing.”
Mr. De Blasio went on to condemn what he said was the discriminatory way “stop and frisk” had been administered under Mayor Bloomberg, calling it “separate and unequal.” He spoke at length about what he described as Rev. Sharpton’s career of drawing attention to injustice.
His defenders would no doubt say that Rev. Sharpton is no longer an inflammatory racial huckster. We doubt, however, that a white public figure who said the kinds of things about blacks that Rev. Sharpton said about whites and Jews would find such eager acceptance among liberals no matter how insistent his claims to have turned over a new leaf. But the problem goes even beyond the matter of hypocrisy.
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U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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