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Two Faces of a President January 30, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.
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“…let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth…”

The left hand:

President Obama staged a political show for a Jewish audience Wednesday, loudly warning of the new atmosphere of anti-Semitism in Europe and the U.S. ….

“Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it,” the president told his listeners at the Israeli embassy on Wednesday night. Citing the flight of Jews from Western Europe, as well attacks on Jews in India and Kansas, he got his lines right in concluding, “When we see that, we must not be silent.”

The right hand:

In a step towards joining an Israel boycott, the U.S. is now requiring goods originating from the West Bank (also known as Judea and Samaria) to be labeled separately from products from the rest of Israel, following the European Union’s crackdown on products from the disputed territories.

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1. geoff - January 30, 2016

I should mention that the law saying they must be labeled as “West Bank” products stems from 1997, but the Bush administration waived the requirement. So while they’re just enforcing an existing law, it is an active decision to change current policy.


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