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May 31, 2012 12:30 pm

After Asserting Jewish Knowledge, Obama Makes Death Camp Gaffe

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President Obama in Poland with the country's prime minister, Donald Tusk. Photo: wiki commons.

After President Barack Obama told a group of Conservative Jewish leaders that he “probably knows about Judaism more than any other president” because he read about it, he mistakenly referred to a Nazi death camp as a “Polish death camp” at a ceremony honoring a Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski.

Former national security advisor Elliot Abrams told the Washington Free Beacon that when Obama connected the establishment of the Jewish state to the Holocaust during his 2009 Cairo speech, a narrative often used to delegitimize Israel, “It became obvious…that neither the President nor the advisers upon whom he relied, like Rahm Emanuel, really knew all that much about the Jewish community or about Jewish history.”

National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor confirmed that Obama in fact was referring to Nazi death camps in Poland and said, “We regret this misstatement, which should not detract from the clear intention to honor Mr. Karski and those brave citizens who stood on the side of human dignity in the face of tyranny.”

Columnist Matt Lewis wrote in the Daily Caller that Obama’s error “might display a serious lack of sensitivity” but “was not intentional.”

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  • A REAL American

    This might offend some people, but Obama’s comment is akin to David Duke saying “I know more about blacks than any other Imperial Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan” and “some of my best friends are black.”

    NOTE TO MR. OBAMA–actions mean more than mere words. Here are some highlights from Obama’s presidency…

    Obama threw Israel under the bus when he demanded Israel go back to the indefensible 1949 armistice lines giving 100% of the Jewish Holy sites to the Palestinians with no guarantee that they will allow access, let alone refrain from burning them to the ground like they did in Jericho and Nablus. He has made no reciprocal demands on the Arabs. Not only did Obama completely undermine Israel’s negotiating position–something you don’t do to your “friends” he created the appearance that the stalemate in negotiations is the entire fault of Israel because they refused to give into his insane demand.

    Obama’s snub of Netanyahu at the White House and his comments to Sarkozy in regards to Netanyahu… “You’re fed up with him but I have to deal with him more often than you.” show his outrageous contempt for Israel and its democratically elected leader. Obama has shown more respect for international terrorists and dictators such as Bashir Assad, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!

    Why are we still talking about this??

    Because we refuse to let Obama run away from his pathetic record he created in his first 3 years of office.

    • Edward H

      Just a point of clarification: Obama wanted israel to use the >1967< boarders as a basis for negotiations. Not 1949