Presidential antisemitism.

In a discussion a few days ago, a number of people claimed that President Barack Obama was antisemitic.

I personally don’t see his obvious dislike for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as antisemitism.  I don’t really know how to take him, though I do think John Kerry in making the statement  ……

” Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” if US-sponsored efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement fail.”

…… is.

Never mind that later he apologised.  A person, especially someone in his position, doesn’t come out with a remark like that without meaning it.

Jonathan Keiler in his article “Obama Green-lights Antisemitism” at the American Thinker says:

“When it comes to the State of Israel and Jews, President Obama’s words and actions have always reeked of disdain. This is a fact not lost on antisemites.  During Obama’s presidency antisemites have become more vocal, aggressive and murderous, to the point where their views — often occulted as “anti-Zionism” — have largely become the worldwide accepted norm. “

“He is not shy demonstrating both his dislike and disrespect of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And while this is usually dismissed by Obama’s defenders as a matter of political orientation, it’s pretty odd that out of nearly two hundred nations on earth, Obama’s least favorite foreign leader, and effective nemesis, is the leader of the Jewish one.”

“Obama applies double standards to Israel that his own State Department maintains is evidence of antisemitic sentiment. Israeli military actions against the murderous Hamas regime in Gaza have been conducted with a scrupulous care unknown in the annals of modern war, a fact acknowledged by the American military. Yet Obama’s White House consistently criticizes Israel for inflicting civilian casualties, and at one point in the most recent Gaza fighting cut off arms supplies to the Jewish state. This is not a standard Obama applies to any other nation (witness the lack of concern over heavy Saudi Arabian bombings in Yemen)”

 “After Islamist terrorists murdered four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris, Obama pointedly refused to acknowledge the victims as Jews in his comments on the terror outrage. He also refused to attend an international gathering by world leaders in Paris in the wake of the attacks there, which would have required him to join Netanyahu in a show of solidarity against Islamist terror. “

Both Joseph Farah and Walid Shoebat think Obama is an antisemite for, as we know now amongst other things,  that the White House was directly involved in an attempt to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in this year’s general election.  Also, Mark Levin apparently obtained  insider details on a phone conversation between Obama and Netanyahu, and reveals that Obama did NOT call Bibi to congratulate him on his victory. Instead, he called him to make demands to remove Ron Dermer, his ambassador to the United States.

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My curiosity was aroused by this, as I was aware of  President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s actions during WW2.  Despite all the pleas from Winston Churchill to join the war effort, he wouldn’t. The USA was making far too much money selling armaments to do that.  The USA was also financing these sales through ‘Lend Lease’ which it started as a means for countries to pay.

 The Lend-Lease Act of March 11, 1941, was the principal means for providing U.S. military aid to foreign nations during World War II. The act authorized the president to transfer arms or any other defense materials for which Congress appropriated money to “the government of any country whose defense the President deems vital to the defense of the United States.” Britain, the Soviet Union, China, Brazil, and many other countries received weapons under this law.

By allowing the president to transfer war matériel to a beleaguered Britain–and without payment as required by the Neutrality Act of 1939–the act enabled the British to keep fighting until events led America into the conflict. It also skirted the thorny problems of war debts that had followed World War I.

I wondered if  there was something antisemitic going on underneath it all.

Anyone who was not acquainted with the American Jewish community would  assume that Roosevelt must have been a great friend of the Jews, and one who would be concerned with the needs of the Jewish people worldwide, seeing as to how Jewish voters voted for him in 1932 at the ratio of 3.5 to 1 and in three subsequent elections he received 90% of the Jewsih vote.

Most would be astounded to find that Roosevelt was in fact one of the most malicious antagonists of the Jewish people.

In 1921, the first time in American history, Congress limited the number of immigrants allowed into the country each year.

Roosevelt issued a memo to all American consulates in Germany to reduce the number of visas allowed for Jews. There were more than 500,000 Jews in Germany in 1933 yet only 42,300 German Jews were rescued when 234 thousand could have been saved.

Roosevelt also opposed opening refugee camps in North Africa, and in June 1939 refused to let 900 Jewish refugees from Germany land in Florida from the ship St. Louis after the Cuban government would not allow the refugees to land despite their valid immigration visas. The ship returned to Europe, where a little under half of the Jews on the ship were subsequently murdered.

Roosevelt refused to allow the American air force to bomb the rail lines leading to the Auschwitz crematoria as he wanted more Jews to die.

He also delayed the freeing of Nazi prison camps in the Netherlands after the U.S. Army had invaded Europe, as he wanted more Jews to die.

Roosevelt was also a firm opponent of the Zionist movement.

In January of 1943, Roosevelt went to Casablanca, in North Africa, where he met with Winston Churchill and other “world leaders”.  He told the conference that he found it understandable that the Germans persecuted Jews, as there were too many Jewish doctors, lawyers and professors in Germany.


In 2003 the Anti-Defamation League was appalled when they heard that President Harry S. Truman, who it was claimed to be a friend of the Jewish people and a supporter for a Jewish homeland in the years after the Holocaust, had written antisemitic comments in his personal diary.

Abraham Foxman, National Director of the ADL said:

The diary entries reveal that, sadly, President Truman was indeed a man of his times, and that much less a man because of it. While President Truman’s personal thoughts about Jews are in some sense a reflection of those times, it is shocking to learn that this great American leader and statesman was afflicted with the same disease of antisemitism that was mirrored by larger society.  Perhaps now one can better understand the mentality that existed in Washington which prohibited America to take action at a time when Jews were being singled out for persecution and extermination.

In excerpts from the National Archives, in 1947 he wrote about post-war immigration of Jews to Palestine:

 “The Jews I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as long as Jews get special treatment”

“The Jews I find are very selfish. When they have power, physical or political, neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog”

“The Jews are all over the government,”

Nixon complained to his chief of staff, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, in an Oval Office meeting recorded on one of a set of White House tapes. Nixon said the Jews needed to be brought under control by putting someone

“in charge who is not Jewish”

in key agencies.


“is full of Jews,”

the president asserted.

“Most Jews are disloyal.”

But, Bob, generally speaking, you can’t trust the bastards. They turn on you. Am I wrong or right?”

Haldeman agreed wholeheartedly.

“Their whole orientation is against you. In this administration, anyway. And they are smart. They have the ability to do what they want to do–which is to hurt us.”


Elsewhere on the tapes, Nixon denies being antisemitic, but his attitude toward Jews was starkly displayed in the approximately 445 hours of White House tape recordings made between February and July 1971

Concerned that news of the joblessness was hurting him in the polls, Nixon demanded the ouster of the director of the bureau, Julius Shiskin, and asked his hatchet man, Charles Colson, to investigate the ethnic background of officials in the agency.

“They are all Jews?”

Nixon exclaimed when Colson listed the names.

“Every one of them,” Colson replied. “Well, with a couple of exceptions. . . . You just have to go down the goddamn list and you know they are out to kill us.”

In a phone discussion in mid-April with Henry Kissinger, a Jew who at the time was the national security adviser, Nixon expresses concerns that Jews would torpedo an upcoming US-Soviet summit. If that happened, Nixon said,

“Let me say, Henry, it’s gonna be the worst thing that happened to Jews in American history.”

He added,

“If they torpedo this summit — and it might go down for other reasons — I’m gonna put the blame on them, and I’m going to do it publicly at 9 o’clock at night before 80 million people.”

He continued:

“They put the Jewish interest above America’s interest, and it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he’s an American first and a Jew second.”

Now antisemitism in on the rise and any Jew living anywhere in the world has a place to go.

It is called HOME !  ISRAEL !


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  1. Interesting article. Historically I think there is a strong thread of antisemitism within most leaders. I believe Obama, reaching out as he has always done to the Muslim Brotherhood, has demonstrated his animus against Jews. There is plenty of evidence of MB infiltration of the White House during Obama’s term of office.

    Presidential candidate, Dr Ben Carson, believes Obama is antisemitic:

    • Plenty of people make that claim and whilst he appears to exhibit the signs of antisemitism, as yet, unlike those named, there’s nothing set in concrete yet.

      • I suspect the depth of his antisemitism will be revealed after he has left office. At the moment he’s protected from criticism and there is much about his behaviour and his alliances that haven’t been disclosed.

        In the fullness of time, he will probably compete with Jimmy Carter as the most antisemitic president.

  2. Some years ago I watch an interview on the ascendancy of the then Senator Barrack Obama, with a group of his long term supporters in Chicago. Undoubtedly Jewish, left wing and Democrat in their politics and outlook. Probably all disappointed today in the lack of achievement of the 44th President. Like Shirlee I would take the view “unlike those named, there’s nothing set in concrete yet.” I am mindful of Pam’s observations and should such disclosure emerge, would not be surprised or amazed.

    The only nation that has Israel’s best interest at heart is Israel. That America’s leadership, on both sides of the aisle, has a dislike or outright animosity to Jews, Jews note not Israel as a concept or country but to Jews in the American body politic, is the point that we should focus on.

    As I read Shirlee’s excellent piece I was struck by the quotes….never about the state always about the individual. And when it is pitched at that level it has no other name but antisemitism.

    I do not think that any reader of this site is under an delusion that in any final analysis the only nation, or national leader, that has Israel’s interest at heart is Israel. And I see no candidate for the 45th Presidency offering any improvement on that situation.