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Obama and Kerry's Israel-Can-Do-No-Wrong Policy

Profiles in Cowardice

by KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY

If one does a web search of a then Illinois state senator Barack Obama and the late Columbia University Professor Edward Said, he or she will come across a photo of Obama, his wife Michelle, Said and his wife Mariam all sitting together at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Said gave the keynote speech.  Before Obama became president there was some hope he at least saw the Palestinian people as full human beings.  Yet that dinner was perhaps the apex of his solidarity with the Palestinian cause in his political career.

President Obama has been a coward in regards to the plight of the Palestinian people every since.

On the campaign trail at a 2007 conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama declared himself a “Zionist.”

As Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza around the time of his first inauguration killing at least 1,133 Palestinians, including 346 children and 105 women and injuring at least 5,200, Obama response was: “If somebody shot rockets at my house where my two daughters were sleeping at night, I’d do everything in my power to stop them.”

He didn’t say what he’d do if his two daughters were living under an occupation and blockade and were being shelled by one of the most powerful armies in the world.

So now, here we are today.

While he now calls for a cease-fire, Obama essentially gave Israel a green light to invade Gaza, claiming that every country has a right to defend itself.

“There’s no country on Earth that can be expected to live under a daily barrage of rockets,” Obama said.

He didn’t say that there is no people on Earth that can be expected to live under occupation forever.

After three week the Israeli assault on Gaza has seen the Palestinian death toll top 690, mostly civilians. More than 100 of the dead are children. More than 3,700 Palestinians have been injured.  Israel has bombed more than 70 sites inside Gaza, including five mosques and a football stadium. In the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah, five people died and 70 were wounded when Israel bombed the al-Aqsa Hospital. It was the third medical facility to be struck by Israel in as many weeks. The injured included about 30 medics.

Israel says it has lost 27 soldiers since the ground invasion began.

This is the very definition of disproportionate force.

And the Israeli government has been appallingly callous about the civilian death toll it has been inflicting.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims: “All civilian casualties are unintended by us but actually intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said, and I mean, it’s gruesome, but they use telegenically-dead Palestinians for...

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