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Which Jews Choose (Samantha) Power, Which Won’t

Prof. Alan Dershowitz is a liberal intellectual Jew who supports Power. He pretty much described her this way: she has a loose mouth, she's said things she shouldn't have, she will need to learn to be a diplomat, but she will be the voice of the Obama administration at the United Nations. And by the way, her being perceived as anti-Israel is really kinda good for the Jews, right?
Samantha Power really cares about Israel, says Ambassador Michael Oren.

Samantha Power really cares about Israel, says Ambassador Michael Oren.
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At least three leading pro-Israel American organizations have come out early and with vigor against the nomination of Samantha Power to become the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

The non-partisan Washington D.C.-based Endowment for Middle East Truth, a self-described think tank and policy shop, issued a statement deploring the nomination on Tuesday, June 4,  the same day that the Republican Jewish Coalition did.  The Zionist Organization of America, the oldest Zionist organization in America, was the first out of the starting gate with its long, detailed, public opposition to Power’s nomination on Monday June 3.

And on the other side of the ring we have perhaps the most famous and famously wealthy Jewish organization, the Anti-Defamation League, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz and rabbi to the Stars and former congressional candidate Shmuley Boteach, all of whom are publicly placing their heckshers on Powers.

The Republican Jewish Coalition said Power “has a record of statements that are very troubling to Americans who support Israel.”

“In 2008, as an academic who taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Samantha Power suggested  that the U.S. should invade Israel militarily to impose a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and protect “a new state of Palestine.” Her writing and public appearances reflected her views that special-interest lobbies in this country (read, the “Israel lobby”) have too great an impact on our foreign policy in the Middle East,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a written statement. “She must respond to the strong doubts about her views raised by that record. Senators should also examine her tenure as head of the President’s Atrocity Prevention Board to see what results, if any, came out of her time there.”

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “The ZOA is deeply concerned about and opposed to the nomination of Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The overwhelming evidence of her entire record causes us great fear and concern as to her appropriateness for this post. Ms. Power’s record clearly shows that she is viscerally hostile to Israel, regards it as a major human rights abuser, even committing war crimes, and would like to see the weight of American military and financial power go to supporting the Palestinian Authority, not Israel. In contrast, she has spoken of Iran as though it scarcely poses a problem. She also strongly suggested that the U.S. cease worrying about alleged Jewish power and money which allegedly forces the U.S. to support Israel and which allegedly is not in the national interest.

“Samantha Power is clearly the wrong choice for UN Ambassador, particularly at this sensitive juncture in history,” EMET’s President and Founder Sarah Stern wrote in a press release.

“Considering  Power’s openly hostile positions  on Israel as well as her deep seated resentment for the United States, and her biases in favor of the Palestinians despite their continued incitement to hate and to kill Israelis, our one true democratic  ally in the region,  and on the Iranian nuclear program, “she continued, “this appointment shows supporters of Israel that the Obama Administration’s worst instincts are coming to the fore in its second term. It’s deeply distressing.  We  oppose her nomination in the strongest terms possible.”

There are those in the public eye who are frequently considered to have strongly Jewish, pro-Israel positions, who have expressed support for Power.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the prolific author once known as the “rabbi to the stars” because of his close-relationship with singer Michael Jackson, was won over by Power during a closed meeting between her and “40 Jewish leaders held in the offices of Jewish philanthropist Michael Steinhardt.

Boteach described that meeting and his conversion to Power-lover and defender of Power in an article published in the Huffington Post:

Typical of her erudition and brilliance, Samantha presented a sweeping view of American policy in the world’s most dangerous region. Then, she directly addressed the accusations that she harbored animus toward Israel. And in the presence of the leaders of our community, she suddenly became deeply emotional and struggled to complete her presentation as she expressed how deeply such accusations had affected her.

Tears streamed down her cheeks and I think it fair to say that there was no one in the room who wasn’t deeply moved by this incredible display of pain and emotion.

And the ADL’s national director Abraham Foxman and Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, had this to say:

As the world is sickened by the images of slaughter in Syria and as Israel faces an ever more volatile Middle East, we are heartened that the U.S. will be represented by an individual whose moral resolve and fierce pragmatism will serve our country well.

Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, strongly recommended confirming Powers’ nomination, but the words he chose and the way he used them are worth parsing carefully.  He wrote:

      To be sure, Samantha has said some things she now regrets — about Hillary Clinton, about Israel and about other controversial matters. She says what she thinks when she thinks it.
As the United States representative to the United Nations, she will articulate the policy of the Obama Administration.        She will have to be more diplomatic than she was while in private life. I am confident that she will make our country proud.
I have discussed the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Samantha on many occasions. As a strong supporter of Israel’s security, I have a high level of confidence that she will do and say the right things.
Indeed, because of her sometimes critical attitude toward certain Israeli policies — some of which I agree with, others of which I do not — she will bring added credibility to her positions at the most anti-Israel location in the world other than perhaps, Tehran.

In other words, she has a loose mouth, she’s said things she shouldn’t have, she will need to learn to be a diplomat, but she will be the voice of the Obama administration at the United Nations.  And by the way, her being perceived as anti-Israel is really kinda good for the Jews, right?

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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45 Responses to “Which Jews Choose (Samantha) Power, Which Won’t”

  1. Lisa M Weiss says:

    Oh such non sense!

  2. Samantha Power is a dangerous stupified leftist pro-Arab brainwashed marionette, whose strings are held by Emperor O.

  3. David Shaffer says:

    " And by the way, her being perceived as anti-Israel is really kinda good for the Jews, right?" Except that she'll be perceived as anti-Israel only by pro-Israel people…

  4. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    She is perceived as Anti-Jewish not Anti-Israel, and that is the very recent obama picked her: she fits his vision of a future without Jews.

  5. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The last paragraph says it all: She is perceived as Anti-Jewish not Anti-Israel, and that is the very recent obama picked her: she fits his vision of a future without Jews. It is not surprising that the ADL supports her. Recent commentary by the ADL has castigated those that are demanding a more accurate reporting of Jew hate attacks in the US, which have grown exponentially and reported not as hate crimes but simple assaults by obama's DOJ and supported as such by the ADL.

    Boteach? REALLY? Michael Jackson's "Rabbi" who went out of his way to defend a pedophile drug addict? He's a 'sage' to quote?

    As for Dershowitz, he is proving that he is always prepared to be an apologist for the obama regime when it comes to the inherent Jew hatred the regime now exudes.

    To quote: "To be sure, Samantha has said some things she now regrets — about Hillary Clinton, about Israel and about other controversial matters. She says what she thinks when she thinks it."

    YES: She says what she thinks! And she SAID that she wants a "US led NATO invasion of Israel and maintain a long term military presence to protect the Palestinians against the Jews. " Why do we need her to be diplomatic? She is being honest in her belief and what she will do and say in the UN.

    Rice REPEATEDLY insulted and demeaned Israel in the UN. Powers "saying some things she shouldn't," like how much she hates Jews, will make some of the Jew bashers at the UN look like boy scouts.

    She will be yet another Richard Falk.

  6. The last paragraph says it all: She is perceived as Anti-Jewish not Anti-Israel, and that is the very recent obama picked her: she fits his vision of a future without Jews. It is not surprising that the ADL supports her. Recent commentary by the ADL has castigated those that are demanding a more accurate reporting of Jew hate attacks in the US, which have grown exponentially and reported not as hate crimes but simple assaults by obama’s DOJ and supported as such by the ADL.

    Boteach? REALLY?? Michael Jackson’s “Rabbi” who went out of his way to defend a pedophile drug addict? He’s a ‘sage’ to quote?

    As for Dershowitz, he is proving that he is always prepared to be an apologist for the obama regime when it comes to the inherent Jew hatred the regime now exudes.

    To quote: “To be sure, Samantha has said some things she now regrets — about Hillary Clinton, about Israel and about other controversial matters. She says what she thinks when she thinks it.”

    YES: She says what she thinks!! And she SAID that she wants a “US led NATO invasion of Israel and maintain a long term military presence to protect the Palestinians against the Jews. ” Why do we need her to be diplomatic? She is being honest in her belief and what she will do and say in the UN.

    Rice REPEATEDLY insulted and demeaned Israel in the UN. Powers “saying some things she shouldn’t,” like how much she hates Jews, will make some of the Jew bashers at the UN look like boy scouts.

    She will be yet another Richard Falk.

  7. Myriam Obadia says:

    The lady is a bigot and an idiot and will never be a diplomat because she lacks the basic ability to turn on her brain before opening her mouth. This said, I wouldn't advise anyone to take on our little country: in over 3500 years, every single victory against us has been Pyrrhic.

  8. Heshy Rosenwasser says:

    An editorial comment, nothing to do with the content of the article: Don't publish in all italics. It is annoying and difficult to read. Use them only for emphasis or a quote more than two lines long. Thanks. Now back to our regularly scheduled bickering.

  9. Heshy Rosenwasser says:

    … except the Roman destructions in the years 70 and 135, which we still mourn today.

  10. Myriam Obadia says:

    The Roman Empire ceased to exist, choking to death on the Jesus poison pill they'd never have imported into Rome, had they not spent so much time and troops in Israel and Judea.

  11. where did you hear , read or get this……. glenn beck

  12. What is a recovered lawyer>>>>>>>>.

  13. power is a virulent anti-semite. period. remember, hitler's a clown?

  14. Why would an 'Israel Friendly' president put 'anti-semites' in high positions?

  15. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The last paragraph says it all: She is perceived as Anti-Jewish not Anti-Israel, and that is the very recent obama picked her: she fits his vision of a future without Jews. It is not surprising that the ADL supports her. Recent commentary by the ADL has castigated those that are demanding a more accurate reporting of Jew hate attacks in the US, which have grown exponentially and reported not as hate crimes but simple assaults by obama's DOJ and supported as such by the ADL.

    Boteach? REALLY? Michael Jackson's "Rabbi" who went out of his way to defend a pedophile drug addict? He's a 'sage' to quote?

    As for Dershowitz, he is proving that he is always prepared to be an apologist for the obama regime when it comes to the inherent Jew hatred the regime now exudes.

    To quote: "To be sure, Samantha has said some things she now regrets — about Hillary Clinton, about Israel and about other controversial matters. She says what she thinks when she thinks it."

    YES: She says what she thinks! And she SAID that she wants a "US led NATO invasion of Israel and maintain a long term military presence to protect the Palestinians against the Jews. " Why do we need her to be diplomatic? She is being honest in her belief and what she will do and say in the UN.

    Rice REPEATEDLY insulted and demeaned Israel in the UN. Powers "saying some things she shouldn't," like how much she hates Jews, will make some of the Jew bashers at the UN look like boy scouts.

    She will be yet another Richard Falk.

  16. Ani Stubbs says:

    The line "anti-Jewish" but not "anti-Israel" is one of the most stupid things ever written.

  17. Ani Stubbs says:

    The line "anti-Jewish" but not "anti-Israel" is one of the most stupid things ever written.

  18. Arie's Pragmatic….. Stop Lying on Obama You Idiot and Take Your Bullcrap to Your Own People's Site…..Here's the Facts You Doofus….The Official Facts of Barack Obama's Historical Record with the Jewish State of Israel from the Jewish Authority: http://www.njdc.org/ObamaTopTen……

  19. Arie's Pragmatic….. Stop Lying on Obama You Idiot and Take Your Bullcrap to Your Own People's Site…..Here's the Facts You Doofus….The Official Facts of Barack Obama's Historical Record with the Jewish State of Israel from the Jewish Authority: http://www.njdc.org/ObamaTopTen……

  20. Arie's Pragmatic….. Stop Lying on Obama You Idiot and Take Your Bullcrap to Your Own People's Site…..Here's the Facts You Doofus!….Ehud Barak says "President Obama has been the Most Supportive U.S. President to Israel ever!!!! Especially within his tenure in the Israeli Government" (Watch the Video!) The Current Israeli Defense Minister and former Prime Minister Knows Best!!! The Israelis themselves and their Leaders are the Final Judge on this Matter Proving that any Descent is an Out Right Lie!….http://www.theblaze.com/stories/israeli-minister-of-defense-claims-obama-is-doing-more-for-israeli-security-than-any-other-u-s-president/

  21. Arie's Pragmatic….. Stop Lying on Obama You Idiot and Take Your Bullcrap to Your Own People's Site…..Here's the Facts You Doofus!….Ehud Barak says "President Obama has been the Most Supportive U.S. President to Israel ever!!!! Especially within his tenure in the Israeli Government" (Watch the Video!) The Current Israeli Defense Minister and former Prime Minister Knows Best!!! The Israelis themselves and their Leaders are the Final Judge on this Matter Proving that any Descent is an Out Right Lie!….http://www.theblaze.com/stories/israeli-minister-of-defense-claims-obama-is-doing-more-for-israeli-security-than-any-other-u-s-president/

  22. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Joseph Deval Crockham Following me around the web to protect your massa does NOT change the facts on the ground. And using a group of carpetbaggers on the payroll of self admitted nazi soros doesn't help your attack

  23. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Joseph Deval Crockham Following me around the web to protect your massa does NOT change the facts on the ground. And using a group of carpetbaggers on the payroll of self admitted nazi soros doesn't help your attack

  24. What are the Facts You Idiot! Do you know more than the Jewish American Congress Leaders and the Israeli Government Officials?…..

  25. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Joseph Deval Crockham It would do you good to read the manual the self admitted nazi ordered obama to read prior to authorizing he run for fuhrer
    http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/triumph/tr-gestapo.htm

  26. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Let's remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    When approached by a student who attacked Zionism, Dr. King responded: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism.”
    Source: Seymour Martin Lipset, “The Socialism of Fools—The Left, the Jews and Israel,” Encounter, (December 1969), p. 24.

  27. You are a Kook! and many people have told you to take your Anti Obama Lies to Your own People's sites…… Just as you interjected Obama when there was No Need…. The Fact on the Ground is that all Israeli Government Officials are Publicly praising Obama for his Support for the Jewish State…

  28. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Perhaps you should read up Henry. Being a cult kapo doesn't become you:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2008/01/27/obama-and-israel-it-gets-worse/

  29. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    obama (and mickey) are both disbarred as are the clinotns

  30. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Not by any stretch will anyone other then kapos ever call the holy one "pro-Israel"

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2008/01/27/obama-and-israel-it-gets-worse/

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