Obama's record on the subjugation, persecution and slaughter of religious minorities is matched by some of the notorious and autocratic leaders on the world stage. The abandonment of religious minorities under the sharia has become a
hallmark of the Obama presidency. Hundreds of thousands of Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Christians in Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, the
Philippines, Lebanon, Malaysia et al are victims of oppression,
subjugation and ethnic cleansing. President Obama did nothing. Worse,
President Obama went so far as to remove the sections covering
religious freedom and religious persecution from the Country Reports on
Human Rights that the State Department releases because the numbers under his reign are obscene.
Now this. Last week, the White House quietly announced the appointment
of James Zogby to the U.S. Commission for International Religious
Freedom (USCIRF). Zogby is quite the notorious figure and classic Middle Eastern antisemite. James Zogby has referred to Israelis as “Nazis,” and calls Israel’s actions against the PLO “a Holocaust.”
Zogby has a history of supporting extreme terror organizations.
NEW YORK- Pro-Arab lobbyist James Zogby, head of the Arab-American
Institute, has publicly urged the Arab nations to refrain from
normalizing relations with Israel–thus further shattering the myth that
Zogby is "moderate" or "seeks peace with Israel".
In previous statements, Zogby said it was time "for the
Arab League to reinvigorate its stand on the boycott" against Israel.
Zogby accused Israeli Prime Minister Shimon
Peres of "state sponsored terrorism" by striking at Hezbollah terrorists in
Lebanon Zogby hailed Hezbollah as "the Lebanese
Zogby called Israel "Nazis" and denounced Israel's
anti-terrorist actions as "a Holocaust."
Apparently scrubbing reports of ethnic cleansing, genocide, subjugation and oppression under the sharia is not enough. Now he is replacing the watchdogs with his lapdog and sharia stooges.
Obama Appoints Zogby to Commission on Religious Freedom Michael Rubin, September 10, 2013 (thanks to the Atlas readers who sent this in)
But is Zogby the proper person to fight for religious freedom in the
Middle East at a time when minorities are under the worst siege since
the expulsion of Jews from Arab lands in the wake of Israel’s founding?
Alas, the answer to that is no. Zogby
has at times demonstrated an apologia which undercuts his ability as an
advocate. Take, for example, an incident a decade ago in which Harvard
University decided to partner with the United Arab Emirates’ Sheikh
Zayed Center, an institution which sponsored Holocaust denial and
promoted blood libel. The indefatigable Tom Gross catalogued the Zayed
Center’s activities here. Zogby, however, who currently is also a visiting professor in Abu Dhabi, rushed to Zayed’s defense. From the CBS Evening News on May 19, 2003:
“That’s wrong, that smacks of a witch
hunt,” says James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute. Zogby
says the center does bear the sheik’s name, but so do a lot of things
in his country. Zogby believes the sheik did not know about it. “There
is no relationship between Sheik Zayed and the center,” says Zogby. “He
knows who’s there,” says [Rachel] Fish. “There’s no way he does not
know.” Harvard refused our request for an on-camera interview, but in a
statement, called some of the center’s activities “repugnant and
indefensible.” It said it is “carefully investigating” any links with
Zogby was also a featured writer for the Arab Voice at the time that paper was excerpting the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, Protocols of the Elders of Zion
(Zogby responds at the base of the article, which is followed by a
follow-up article casting doubt on parts of his explanations). He accused Israel of waging a “Holocaust” against the Palestinians. More recently, he embraced political polemics if not conspiracies regarding the Iraq war. And most recently, Zogby accused Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of being an “Israel firster,” an anti-Semitic trope.