Obama Allies Accuse Israel of 'Slaughter'

Smoke trails are seen after missiles were fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City towards southern Israel / AP
November 16, 2012

Two Muslim advocacy groups closely allied with the Obama administration are aggressively attacking Israel and defending the terror group Hamas as it continues to fire rockets at Israeli civilians.

The Obama-aligned American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) issued a statement condemning "the continuing Israeli aggression and indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip."

The statement omits all mention of terrorism and continued rocket assaults on Israeli citizens that have already claimed the lives of three people. It omits any mention of the week of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel that preceded the Israeli retaliation. More than 500 rockets have been fired at Israel since Saturday.

"ADC calls on the Obama Administration to stop supporting the continued Israeli aggression, and take measures to stop Israel's continued violations of international and human rights laws," the statement continues, without citing specific violations.

The ADC urges supporters to deluge the White House with phone calls to demand "immediate pressure on Israel to end its violent aggression," as well as that "Israel immediately lift its illegal blockade and siege of Gaza."

The ADC's unsubstantiated accusations against Israel come just months after President Obama recorded a special video message lauding the group's work. Obama also dispatched several high-level representatives of his administration to attend the group's conference, including Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser.

"You’ve stood against discrimination in all of its forms and you help build a better America for all of us," he told the ADC conference in July, neglecting to criticize the many ADC members who seek the end of the Jewish State.

The ADC has additionally led a campaign accusing American Jews of manipulating U.S. foreign policy on behalf of Israel.

Meanwhile, another controversial Muslim group courted by the Obama administration articulated its own sharp criticism of Israel. An official of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for Palestinian violence against Israelis.

"Palestine is a land occupied by foreign settlers," CAIR official Cyrus McGoldrick asserted Thursday on Twitter. "They have the right to resist, to defend themselves, 'by any means necessary.'"

An FBI officer once designated CAIR a "front for Hamas." Its officials have been welcomed to the White House by the Obama administration on at least 20 occasions, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.