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I have words for the utterly insensitive, patriarchal, colonialist disrespect in this:

Obama Humiliates Muslim Guests at White House Ramadan Event, Endorses Israel’s Gaza Assault and NSA Surveillance

At the Iftar dinner, Obama launched into a defense of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip

No matter your perspective of the situation over there, it is unfathomably rude and a display of the extreme dominant bullying to do this at a sacred meal. To invite guests into your home for the supposed purpose of honoring and respecting their religious traditions only to tell them that you support the in-process, indiscriminate assault on their people. It's like leading lambs to slaughter.

Where is basic decency?

But the event demoralized those who insisted that their presence might sway the president on his foreign policy. With his remarks, Obama validated critics of the ceremony while embarrassing attendees who argued against the boycott calls.
I have lost any respect for this man.
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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

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    by UnaSpenser on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 11:14:27 AM PDT

  •  i think (1+ / 0-)
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    .. ? You wanted to write "I have no words ..." in the opening sentence? As a figure of speech?

    Or did you mean "Yes indeed, I have words, namely those after the orange thingy"?

    I have indeed another perspective on the issue but I agree that such an event is not a good place to argue its merits.
    Would you maybe want to link to the President´s original words, which seem to be here according to your link´s throughlink?

  •  I don't trust the spin in that link from Alternet. (3+ / 0-)

    Here is the official transcript of the president's entire speech:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

    •  from the White House transcript: (5+ / 0-)

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

      And I will say very clearly, no country can accept rocket fired indiscriminately at citizens.  And so, we’ve been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas.
      While he gives lip service to caring about Palestinians, he defends the current actions of Israel - wherein nearly 300 Palestinians, including a lot of children have been killed and more are being killed as he speaks.

      Again, it's debate that is ongoing. But you invite people as guests, claiming to honor their religious traditions and culture, and then make these remarks while you basically have them captive. It's about as disrespectful as you can get. Save your support for the killing of their people for another moment.

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      by UnaSpenser on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 11:37:28 AM PDT

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      •  you assume (5+ / 0-)

        that their .. what would you call it ... lets say identity? as Muslims, which is the reason for this specific event, extends to include so specific things as Hamas. I wouldnt assume that. Hamas, yes they call themselves Islamist, but I would not assume from that that anyone on the world who is Islamic has to feel kinship with them or include them in their identity.

        Would you draw a line anywhere? At ISIS, for example? Obama has been pretty critical fabout them too:

        In Iraq, where ISIL’s attacks on civilians and destruction of religious sites seek to inflame sectarian tensions, we continue to call for a new government that can unite Iraqis and show all communities in Iraq that they can advance their aspirations through the political process.
        was that disrespectful to "Islam"? I dont think so, but thats me. Obama didnt mention Boko Haram, but Boko Haram also regards itself as an organisation defending Islam. Well, they do. I think, from that one can not assume that any Islamic person in the world would have to feel to be of the same sorts as them. If they do however, then it is a choice of theirs, and thus criticisable.

        You could say, maybe, "because these are his guests he shouldnt assume anything about who they do or dont feel linked to, and therefore not say anything specific".

        But he´s a politician. Part of his job is to be specific. If that is your criticism, then you should maybe suggest he should not address such a meeting at all.

        was there any indignation mentioned by the invited guests?

        •  the current assaults aren't killing only Hamas (3+ / 0-)
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          members. Israel isn't just defending itself from Hamas. They are indiscriminately attacking everyone in Gaza.

          Look at the film of the children killed on the beach. The first bomb hits and the children begin to run to safety and then they are targeted directly. I don't think anyone believes they were the ones firing missiles (which are very well defended by the Iron Dome, by the way) at Israel.

          When he supports the kind of assault going on right now, that is not about any right to self-defense. They are breaking all kinds of international laws with the ways in which they attack Palestinians.

          And the fact is that a guest there reported at how offended people were.

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          by UnaSpenser on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:18:00 PM PDT

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          •  Except he didn't (7+ / 0-)
            supports the kind of assault going on right now,
            He said "the pictures we are seeing in Gaza and Israel are heart wrenching". and " Israel has the right to defend itself "  and " the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we’ve emphasized the need to protect civilians" and "further escalation benefits no one, least of all the Israeli and the Palestinian people". " doing everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire.", "the situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and that the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace"

            None of that says he supports the assault going on now - it says the opposite.

            “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

            by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:31:58 PM PDT

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          •  I think you're very wrong with this diary and (0+ / 0-)

            your comments, but you keep digging in.

            I'm strongly on the P side in the I/P debate, and I have strong criticisms of President Obama.

            But this one is not fair and accurate.

        •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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          that's all my muslim friends talked about after mosque today. It is not about Hamas, they see muslims being killed by Israelis with the backing of the United States.

      •  In context (4+ / 0-)
        Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.  And I will say very clearly, no country can accept rocket fired indiscriminately at citizens.  And so, we’ve been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas.  At the same time, on top of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that we’ve worked long and hard to alleviate, the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we’ve emphasized the need to protect civilians, regardless of who they are or where they live.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:23:51 PM PDT

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  •  Read this article earlier and it's got nothing to (4+ / 0-)
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    support the claim that the guests were "demoralized" or "embarrassed." This article could have been written before the event with just a few blanks filled in.

  •  if you are someone who thinks that what is (5+ / 0-)
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    being done by Israel to Palestinians right now is a simple matter of defending themselves from Hamas, please don't bother with me.

    1) Palestinians are being indiscriminately killed. They are not specifically targeting Hamas members. For pete's sake, they destroyed a hospital. With patients in it. They killed children on a beach.
    2) Palestinians are being collectively punished and held in a prison called Gaza.
    3) Palestinians lived on the land which we are now calling Israel. They also have a right to defend themselves. They continue to take land from Palestinians and mow down Palestinian homes.
    4)I'm not saying I like Hamas or it's tactics.
    5)If you invited me to your house for a special meal and then spoke about how you supported brutal police tactics used against my impoverished cousins who might be stealing or using drugs, I would find you lacking in decency. That's what this is. If you can't see that, then we can't have a conversation.

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    by UnaSpenser on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:23:42 PM PDT

  •  A bit of selective quoting, I think... (12+ / 0-)

    These two paragraphs, back to back, say it well:

    Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.  And I will say very clearly, no country can accept rocket fired indiscriminately at citizens.  And so, we’ve been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas.  At the same time, on top of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that we’ve worked long and hard to alleviate, the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we’ve emphasized the need to protect civilians, regardless of who they are or where they live.

    I believe further escalation benefits no one, least of all the Israeli and the Palestinian people.  So we’re going to continue doing everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire.  We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal, which we hope can restore the calm that we’ve been seeking.  More broadly, however, the situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and that the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, where differences are resolved peacefully and in ways that respect the dignity of all people.

    Yes, he's walking a tightrope, but he IS acknowledging both sides of the conflict.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:32:52 PM PDT

  •  The President has no business (1+ / 0-)
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    hosting dinners in the White House to celebrate religious holidays. Period.

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