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McCain and allies making plays to erode Obama Jewish support

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Jewish support is vital to the Obama campaign. Jewish donors play a major role in his fund-raising efforts and Jewish voters live in key battleground states--Florida and Pennsylvania in particular--that can make a difference.

The Obama team gets hit on two Jewish voter fronts on Wednesday
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*The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) called on Obama and the Democratic Party leadership to remove former President Jimmy Carter as a Democratic National Convention speaker because of what they called his "anti-Israel" bias.

"In April 2008, despite strong protests by Israeli leaders, the U.S. State Department and several Democratic leaders, Carter met with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Syria," the RJC said.

*Obama foreign policy advisor Daniel Kurtzer --on a trip to Syria unrelated to the Obama campaign--met with Syrian officials, the New York Sun reported. In reaction to this, the McCain
is holding a press conference call Wednesday afternoon with former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani and Randy Scheunemann, McCain 2008 Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to discuss Kurtzer.

*Before the call started, Obama's Tommy Vietor shot off a memo about McCain and Syria.

Below are some areas of interest that you may want to ask Mayor Giuliani about on today's McCain campaign attack call:

McCain Visited Syria In 1984 And Met With President Hafez Assad, Whom McCain Acknowledged At The Time Was Engaged In State-Supported Terrorism. In 1984, after visiting Syria as part of a Congressional delegation, McCain wrote in the Arizona Republic about the trip: "Key among the meetings was a 75-minute session with President Hafez Assad of Syria. He projected an aura of confidence and the satisfaction of a general who had just achieved a decisive victory which indeed he had upon the withdrawal of U.S troops from Beirut to ships offshore. Assad behaved in a friendly manner throughout our discussion. I had to remind myself during the meeting that this outwardly attractive man presides over a brutal regime which has perpetrated numerous atrocities against even the Syrian people and presently is engaged in an active program of state-supported terrorism and intimidation." [Arizona Republic, 3/4/84]

State Department's 1984 Patterns of Global Terrorism Report: "Syria. Damascus uses terrorism to raise the costs to states whose policies are inimical to its interests. It has used Lebanese groups to influence the Lebanese political process. Syria has also sought to weaken political support for the Jordan-PLO Middle East peace initiative. In this regard, Syria uses the various Palestinian groups and Jordanian dissidents to actively wage war against Israelis and against moderate Arab states, such as Jordan, that appear willing to seek accommodation with Tel Aviv." http://www.terrorisminfo.mipt.org/pdf/1984PoGT.pdf (page 4)

Giuliani Open To Negotiations With Syria. Giuliani said, "We've got to deal with North Korea, we have to deal with Syria. And now, this could all be done, hopefully, diplomatically and politically and with negotiations and with economic pressure. "[CNN, 5/4/03]

Black Was Foreign Agent For "Remarkable Collection" Of Foreign Leaders With Harshly Criticized Human Rights Records. "Black and his partners were at times registered foreign agents for a remarkable collection of U.S.-backed foreign leaders whose human rights records were sometimes harshly criticized, even as their opposition to communism was embraced by American conservatives. They include Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, Nigerian Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, and the countries of Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, among others." [Washington Post, 5/22/08]

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THAT'S A STUPID PLAY ON BEHALF OF THE GOP AND
MCCAIN BECAUSE PRESIDENT CARTER WILL BE SPEAKING
AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, HE KNOWS WAY MORE ABOUT
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS THAN THE GOP AND MCCAIN WILL
EVER KNOW!
GO AHEAD DEAR JOHN - SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT
IF YOU WANT TO, YOU BETTER STOP LISTENING TO
KARL ROVE AND HIS MINIONS!

Most Jews like myself do not trust Obama and so we will not vote for him. He is friends with Louis Farrakahn and so is Obama's minister the Rev. Wright. Most practicing Jews will not vote for this man.

Obama is a 20 year member of Reverend Wright's Trinity United Church and Obama thinks a Jew will vote for him? Is Obama dreaming?


WASHINGTON - The University of Illinois on Tuesday refused to release records relating to Barack Obama's service to a nonprofit group linked to former 1960s radical activist William Ayers.
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Very strange, that a public university would attempt to prevent a legitimate author and journalist - with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard to boot - from accessing documents legitimately housed in their library. Ironic, and possibly illegal.

The only question to be answered, really, is what was the intent of the donor? Did the donor intend to give the University the thousands of pages of material related to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge? If so, then the gift is perfectly valid, the material belongs to the University and should be made available to researchers (including both journalists and academics). And, the donor could legitimately claim a tax deduction for the donation of the archives.

In other words, the real question here is one of tax law: would the IRS or the Illinois Department of Revenue have grounds to claim that any tax deduction claimed as a result of the donor's gift was invalid? The absence of a deed of gift, no matter what the University library now says, would not invalidate the gift. All that the IRS cares about is whether the donated material is related to the University's tax exempt purpose - in other words, education and research.

Hopefully the dems won't listen to the AIPAC nutjobs and their little friends.
Here's a link to Amy Goodman's Democracy Now interview with Carter.
http://www.democracynow.org/2006/11/30/
palestine_peace_not_apartheid_jimmy_carter

lboucher needs to get over it.
It's an issue of a foundation having ownership rights, U of I is seeking as we speak.
And, given the greater violence committed by the Nixons, Kissingers, Hoovers, etc..---I have no problem with Obama seeking the wisdom of Ayers.
He did a lot of good in his career.

the funny issue that Mr Kurtz visited orient reserach center headed by Dr Sami taqi who invite him to meet an academian as he siad but he was general ali mamlouk the head of the state intelligence who sponsor orient center , this is a scandal for Mr curtz who should condemn the appropriate move by Dr Taqi

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