Obama Moves Hanukkah Celebration to the Anniversary of the First Intifada

This is from the “you gotta be kidding me” file. President Obama, who decided that the official White House Hanukkah celebration would come two weeks earlier than the actual start of the Jewish holiday, held the ceremony on December 8th…the 24th anniversary of the beginning of what’s now called the First Intifada – a tidal wave of violence by Palestinians against the State of Israel. The Intifada would end up costing thousands of lives, both Israeli and Palestinian (a great many Palestinian victims were killed by their own people as “collaborators”). The Intifada would bring waves of suicide bombings by Palestinian terrorists, and, these days, it is remembered with pride by those who seek the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.

Twenty four years ago, on December 8, 1987 a revolution began. The revolution began in Gaza, it was the First Intifada. After 39 years of Israeli occupation Palestinian resistance exploded in full force. The Palestine You Need to Know

Quite a day to hold a Hanukkah celebration, Mr. President. I mean, you could have held it on any day (assuming, that is, that you had a good reason for not holding it when the holiday actually starts), and you chose December 8.

Make of this what you will. I’m not trying to be conspiratorial – but the facts are the facts. What I think this incident shows is the absolute lack of concern Obama has for the Jewish community (and for all who steadfastly support Israel). Here is a president who bends over backwards to make sure that not one word he utters gives offense to the Muslim world. Speeches are carefully crafted to take into account the “feelings” of Muslims. Symbolism that might be “offensive” to Muslims is removed from official events; words that might give offense are excised. Every effort is made to ensure that nothing might even inadvertently offend Muslim sensibilities. Terrorist incidents are renamed to cater to Muslim sensitivities – Islamic-inspired mass-killings are renamed “workplace violence” or  “man-caused disasters.” Even the world’s most wanted terrorist – a man responsible for 3,000 U.S. deaths, was given a proper Muslim burial so as not to offend.

But then Obama decides to hold the official White House Hanukkah ceremony on the anniversary of the beginning of one of the most painful periods of Israeli history. I doubt he bothered to vet the date; I doubt he cared. He decided to celebrate Hanukkah when he saw fit (as opposed to, you know, when the Jewish community sees fit), and he picked a date forever associated with violent attacks against Israel.

As I said, make of it what you will.

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23 Responses to “Obama Moves Hanukkah Celebration to the Anniversary of the First Intifada”
  1. RightAsRain says:

    INSANE! I just can’t believe it. Move Hanukkah from its actual date to the date of the First Intifada. There just aren’t any words…it’s sheer lunacy.

  2. Uzi says:

    Since when is a midnight burial at sea a traditional Muslim burial?

  3. Durr says:

    Are really stupid enough to think that Obama himself does the party planning at the White House? Really?

  4. BethW says:

    Durr, no, Obama doesn’t sit down with his calendar and make out the schedule. He does, however, surround himself with people (by appointment or simply by having them as a “trusted adviser” who think that this is ok. Granted, the unnamed person who moved this ceremony/celebration/whatever probably didn’t know that it was the anniversary of the first Intifada. I have to wonder why they thought it was ok to change the date at all. They had 8 days from which to choose. They don’t change the Iftar dinner, do they?

    • l stinson says:

      He does have several devout muslims working for him. and as for proper burial for bin laden, he had a better one than the 9/11 victims did.

  5. Tonilee says:

    I do not believe this was an accident…Truth is obama & admin. are not for the Jewish people or Israel. They had the dinner to fool the Jews so they will vote for him again. The fact that they picked this day and he lit all the candles proves this was not for the good of the Jewish people….Everyone must read between the lines. We all know how he feels about the Jewish people as well as the American people, but he had to do something, to act like he cares, because he needs their votes in 2012…Wake up American or everything we have as a country will be gone…..This is no joke & a very serious issue….

  6. RightAsRain says:

    BethW is absolutely right. Obama — like all presidents — must take responsibility for the actions of his team. He obviously made the call to celebrate Hanukkah early, and it was his responsibility, and that of his advisers, to vet the new date. It’s already a bit of an insult to override the Jewish calendar and change the date of Hanukkah by two weeks. The fact that they would choose a date that commemorates the beginning of years of anti-Israel/anti-Jewish violence makes it so much worse.

  7. falconflight says:

    Mr. Stein, isn’t it just as possible that the arabs of that region could be slighted for a Hanukkah Menoria lit on their holy violence genocidial day? From a Jew who hates that F’ing manPig w/ a passion more venomous than most could imagine.

    • Vicki says:

      I wondered at that too – it could mean the opposite thing of what the writer is suggesting, especially with what the meaning of Hanukkah is (with my limited understanding). In any case, it IS strange to change the date.

  8. BKF says:

    Impeach President Obama NOW… he is a pawn being used by pure EVIL, that is why we must pray for him that the light will open his eyes as he is so blinded by the darkness of EVIL & all his czars & wife & mother-in law & Jerry Wright his Pastor of hate for 20 years….Oh & Bill Ayers…wake up America

  9. dan saxe says:

    Although insensitive, and inappropriate, perhaps his staff thought that in spirit of that one bottle of oil surviving the attempted anhilation, this date would represent that we the Jews, like the oil, survived and will persevere.
    That is, after all, the real message that is derived from the story.

    • Evan Sharpe says:

      I’m sorry, but that’s a terrible rationalization. Jews in Israel are still having to deal with murderous onslaughts from Palestinian militants. The Intifada isn’t ancient history, nor is it settled history. It’s ongoing, and to change a Hanukkah ceremony from its proper date to a date that commemorates the beginning of the Intifada cannot be excused. It just can’t be.

  10. Occam says:

    I have to agree that there’s no good way to spin the date Obama and/or his advisers chose. The Intifada is something that Palestinian militants celebrate. To them, they won — they got to kill hundreds of Israelis, the PLO finally received official recognition, Israel pulled out of “occupied” territories, the second Intifada strengthened Hamas’s hand and led to more killing…it’s a win for the enemies of Israel and the Jews. It’s the opposite of the message of Hanukkah.

  11. Barbara says:

    I can’t get over the cruelty of this act, although I don’t know why I’m surprised. I think he knew, Despite all statements to the contrary, I will never give up thinking he’s a Muslim at heart and deliberately seeks to offend Christians, as well as Jews. I’m not Jewish, but I stand by Israel and admire the country immensely. God help us if we don’t get rid of this man from the presidency! Bad as it is, this act on his part should do a lot to turn the Jewish vote to someone else during the election.

  12. If BHO truly did this, then he emphatically IS the ANTICHRIST! I am not Jewish, but I 100% support Israel! You DO NOT mess with Israel!

  13. Bea K. says:

    SADLY, WHAT ELSE IS NEW WHEN IT COMES TO THIS PRESIDENT? THE EMBARRASSMENTS SEEM TO BE GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE JEWISH NATION. WHILE MOST COULD SEEM TO CARE LESS, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO READ THE BIBLE, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE SCRIPTURE VERSES WHERE WHAT THE LORD HIMSELF SAID HE’D DO TO THOSE WHO STOOD AGAINST ‘HIS PEOPLE’???

    IF OBAMA SAID HE’S A CHRISTIAN, THEN WHAT BIBLE IS HE READING THAT HE DOESN’T KNOW OR BELIEVE IN THAT PARTICULAR VERSE (Genesis 12:3 and other verses as well), WHILE NOT GETTING INTO SITUATIONS LIKE THIS? LOOK AT WHAT HE’S SAID ABOUT NETANYAHU AND SEE WHICH WAY THIS NATION IS REALLY HEADED IN, IF HE KEEPS GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION?? EITHER YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND HELP HIS PEOPLE OR YOU DON’T AND NOT ONLY CURSE YOURSELF, BUT YOUR NATION AND LOVED ONES TOO. GOD HELP US ALL.

  14. Josephus says:

    It is not as if the man gave us any good reason to believe that he was pro Israel before he became POTUS.

  15. katie2u says:

    Obama is not a Christian. In one video clip he says, “I am proud of my Muslim faith”. In another he says, “McCain has not brought up my Muslim faith.” How about when he visited Indonesia and said, This is the most beautiful sound in the world.” He was speaking about the music played during Muslim prayer. When you search through his clips, both he and moochelle say that he was born in Kenya. It turns out he NEVER went to. Occidental College. One file says he did, but no one remembers him. There are no pictures of him, he is not in any of the publications, none of the instructors remember him.
    He has never been a lawyer. He lied on his bar exam. Moochelle was given the option of turning in her license or being disbarred for fraud and extortion.This piece of crap in the WH is a liar and a fraud, and he has done everything in his power to destroy this nation. Yet the mainstream media keeps covering for him. If it wasn’t for the Washington Post, The Blaze, The Ulsterman Report, WND, conservative radio ect….Americans would know nothing. IMPEACH THIS ASS NOW!

    God says this about Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.”

  16. CP says:

    All you pathetic sad sack knuckle dragging morons, have to make a big deal out of something so small as a date, just so you can run down a president who beats the crap out of anything your party of clowns has to offer! What a goofy group of half wits! Go back to marrying your sisters and leave good people alone!

    • LC says:

      What’s good about what he has done to this country in his short term? Do you not follow what’s going on, what he is really about? Do you like paying a lot more taxes, due to his spending? Do you really know anything about
      Obama? please share if you know anything about his past, besides the fact that he grew up in a muslim culture,in a foreign Coutry. Please I really want to know more good things about Obama, tell us some of his great accomplishments past and present.

  17. Lorraine says:

    I STAND BY ISRAEL…obama is a piece of crap.

  18. Vern says:

    WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU, ME AND THE LOONIES OF THE WORLD EXPECT FROM AN ILLEGAL ALIEN THAT IS A POSTER BOY FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. a MUSLIM PUPPET FOR GEORGE SOROS.
    CHECK THE SECRET OFF SHORE BANK ACCOUNTS THAT OBAMA HAS AND SEE WHAT NAME HE IS USING NOW AND WHO’S SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

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