President Obama’s longtime spiritual leader, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has endorsed a controversial anti-Israel group that seeks to delegitimize Jewish historical connections to the city of Jerusalem.
Wright, a controversial religious figure who served as Obama’s pastor for nearly 20 years, has thrown his support behind a movement called the Global March to Jerusalem, an anti-Israel protest movement that seeks “freedom for Jerusalem and its people and to put an end to the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem.”
Like other efforts to illegally penetrate Israel’s sovereign territory, the activists seek to disrupt Israeli security and provoke a bloody conflict.
The White House has not commented on Wright’s endorsement.
The National Conference of Jewish Affairs condemned the White House’s silence on the matter in an interview with Israel’s Arutz Sheva.
“That the President’s long-time pastor and ‘spiritual leader’ is now endorsing the Global March to Jerusalem, without a reaction from the White House, underscores President Obama’s failure to recognize the unalterable significance of Judaism’s multi-millennial connection to Jerusalem, which is the capital of the Jewish State, Israel,” the organization told the news outlet.
Wright, who served as the pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, has a history of trafficking in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, blaming Jews for his falling out with the president.
“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office,” Wright reportedly said in 2009. “They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is.”
He later added: “The Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote, that’s controlling him.”