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.
The web site ArabicNews.Com reports that Zogby told the Moroccan daily Al-Alam that "a drive towards normalization of relations with Israel" would be "dangerous."
Zogby accused Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres of "state sponsored terrorism" by striking at Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon Zogby hailed Hezbollah as "the Lebanese armed resistance."
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 Sheik Zayed.
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.